Last name change: How to do it, when to do it?

posted 3 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Mrs_Pacman:  I would look up your local county’s website for marriage licenses.  They should have all sorts of information, timelines, required documents, etc. that you need.  My county lets you apply for a marriage license up to 2 years before the wedding date.  We are planning on going in the next couple weeks.  Most goverments let you do a name change right on the marriage license.  After you get married, you’ll have to take the signed license back to the government for them to record and file.  It can take up to 2 weeks I’ve read.  Then you can go back and pick up as many copies as you want.  You’ll need quite a few for social security, driver’s license, etc.  I’m using the website missnowmrs.com to have all my documents filled out for anything that needs a name change.  It’s like $20 and they do all the paperwork for you, all you have to do is mail it in to the appropriate departments.

Post # 4
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145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Start with your Social Securty card.  Take your marriage licesnse (official copy) to the SS office and fill out the form for the new card.  They’ll ask you a few questions and then tell you it’s in the mail.  After you receive that new card, take it with the marriage license (and proof of new address if you need to change that as well) to the DMV and you will have no problem getting a new license.  Everything else is pretty simple after you have those two things changed. 

I went in to the SS office the Monday after we got back from our honeymoon, just to get things started. 

Post # 5
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6504 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s really hard to give advice as counties are all so different. I just looked up what applications I needed online and carried my old social security card, birth certificate, marriage certificate, and driver’s license everywhere. It took me maybe two hours total of filling out applications and waiting at offices.

I got my social security card first then went to get my drivers license. After that I got my passport and updated my name on my account at the bank. I still have to do my credit cards though.

It was a lot easier than I expected. I kept hearing horror stories about how difficult it is and how long it took but I found the whole process rather easy.

Post # 7
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145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs_Pacman:  I only requested the one copy and I still have it in my posession.  Everywhere I’ve done the name change they have just made a copy. 

Post # 8
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1372 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

In Maryland, we start with Social Security. The court clerk does not take note here of what you want your name to be, so the clerk at the SS office is the one who starts the process for us. Once we’ve did that it was off to change our driver’s licenses and our banking information. We needed the certified copy from the court to do both of those things. 

 

We haven’t changed our passports yet and probably won’t because we have five and six years left on those. We’ll just travel in our maiden names until we renew again.

Post # 11
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7075 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I got like 5 copies of my marriage certificate, just in case. I’m pretty sure the SS office took one, and the passport place. Supposedly they send them back but I haven’t seen them yet…

Post # 12
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11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mrs_Pacman:  You can do it as soon as you have your marriage certificate in hand. Start with Social security, then I’d go to the DMV to change your license. You can change your name on just about anything with your marriage certificate (e.g., bank, credit cards, health insurance, etc.) but you most likely can’t change your license without the social security card (at least not in my state).

Post # 13
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11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mrs Darling:  Interesting about the passports, I was wondering if it’s legal to do travel on a passport with your maiden name on it.  

Post # 15
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1372 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@MrsWBS:  When I inquired about renewing at the post office, I was told that it was fine, as long as the name on your ID is the same one on your passport.

Post # 16
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931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had to start at the Social Security Office, then go to the DMV.  After that I went to the banks and changed it everywhere else.  The social security office made a copy of the marriage license, as did the DVM and my banks.  To change my passport I have to mail a copy in, so I had to request another copy.

I got my (legal) name change done within a couple of days of getting the marriage license in the mail, I was unemployed at the time and wanted it all done before starting a new job, cutting down on a ton of extra paperwork!

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