Post # 1
I am going to be getting married in Illinois (Cook County) in December. I am so undecided about changing my name. I was wondering what my options are. I am thinking about just adding his last name to mine as a separate last name no hypen so my name would be:
Jane Ann Doe Smith with Doe Smith being my new last name. Is that possible? Has anyone done that?
Post # 4
You could always add his last name on to yours (like above) but use your maiden name as your middle name. I think if there is no hypen, people/companies will assume the last separate name is your last name (not last two like Doe Smith). I hope that made sense.
Post # 6
I believe it is possible, but it will likely cause you issues down the line. I work in insurance and I’ve seen problems when customers do that becuase the computer systems have a hard time matching up records (like finding DMV, social security, consumer reports, mortgages, etc.) Like @Mrs. Fireworks: said, some will see the space and list it only under your new last name; then others will have it with both names, and some will throw a hypen in there in error. So you will probably have some extra paper work, phone calls, and such in the future to verifty things throughout the years.
Post # 7
I find it hard to believe that you haven’t found your answer yet. Contact the county clerk with your specific questions
Post # 8
I live in IL but got married in Wisconsin. I know there wasn’t any issue with the Social Security office. I dropped my middle name and made it my last. I think they are pretty flexible about what you can do, but again I didn’t get my marriage license in IL so I’m not sure if that matters. I think you would have to designate what is your “last name” formally.
Post # 9
I live and got married in Cook County – I just took my H’s last name and dropped mine, but I’ve never heard of anyone having a problem with whatever they want to do here. Also, IL is different than some other states in that you don’t have to decide when you get the marriage license – it just has your maiden name on it and you can decide later what you want to do. Take your marriage certificate to the SS office and change what you want then.
Post # 10
I did this 10 years ago in IL. Government agencies, companies and everyone under the sun just used my husband’s last name when addressing me, even though I changed it from Blank Blankety to Blank Blankety Blanket. I was always addressed at Blank Blanket and it drove me crazy. Basically, your own last name becomes recognized as a middle name if you do this.