Name Change – Easy?

posted 3 years ago in Names
Post # 3
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

yeah. very easy.

Post # 4
3089 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@NowDontLetsBeSilly:  I really had no issues changing my name at all.  The most annoying part was having to sit at the social security office to get a new social security card.  Otherwise everything else has been easy as pie!

Post # 5
10899 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009


I’m glad it has proven to be so easy for you. In reseatching a name-change issue for another bee, I recently discovered that your state of Washington is one of a handful of states that doesn’t allow a woman to change her maiden name to her middle name as a result of marriage. Apparently it requires a separate legal process.

Post # 7
1107 posts
Bumble bee

It’s very easy. And this is coming from someone who had the SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE get my new name wrong ON MY NEW CARD. Ha…but they fixed it without a problem and were very apologetic. Everywhere else is super easy. Many places will change it for you if you just call or email.

Post # 8
6449 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

It was very very easy for me. Everyone I know that got married moaned and complained about how difficult it was but it took an hour of my time tops and I filled out maybe 3 forms for everything.

Post # 9
573 posts
Busy bee

Do any UK bees have an idea how the process is in the UK?

Post # 10
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@NowDontLetsBeSilly:  I thought it was super easy.  It took me longer (in minutes) to get a new Starbucks gold card than anything else.  I was in and out of Social Security in less time than it took me to drive there.  I hardly had to wait at the Secretary of State (our DMV).  Credit cards are all online – one form or one phonecall.  Just handed my SS card to HR here. 

I took a day off work but had it done before noon, then just changed things as I came across them.  No big deal.

Post # 12
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have a lot of credit cards so the hardest part of changing my name was remembering all the companies to call. My easiest card to change was a Citibank visa that only asked for my new name and no proof of change or marriage certificate. like you, I was stunned at how easy it was! But then I made a big purchase (a mattress) with that card after changing my name and it must have set off a fraid alert because the card wouldn’t go through and the visa company asked me a million personal verification questions. I basically had to provide my whole credit and residence history while standing in the mattress store.  I would have rather just scanned my marriage certificate. 


It only took about 15 minutes at hot the DMV and social security office too! I was expecting much worse. 

Post # 13
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My name change was also super easy (only changing last, I love my middle names & didn’t want to lose them)- and I expected it to be difficult since I had a marriage certificate from Mexico in Spanish…. Surprisinly the hardest part so far has been my cable company- they will not accept copies and are only open while I am at work. My credit cards however didn’t need a thing! weird how that works…. 


Post # 14
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@NowDontLetsBeSilly:  I had to call.  🙂  There was no way to change it.  I just wanted to change my name on my account – since that’s linked with the name they assign to the credit card I have linked, which is now the wrong name.  You see where I’m going.  So I called and he was super nice and changed it for me and then sent me a new one! 

Post # 15
1822 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

It shouldn’t be too difficult, since traditionally women have been changing their last names because of marriage for years and years so government agencies have needed a process that everyone can handle easily on both sides of the desk.

That said, I wish there was a more streamlined process for it all, instead of applying for a name change at every possible agency/organization imaginable. I know it sounds very big-brother-ish, but I wish there was a giant database ALL of our information was in, so that when a marriage license is filed, they’d automatically update your SS card, DL, car title, house title, passport, etc! It’s a pain doing it one by one – I just hope I don’t get pulled over by a cop in the middle of the process, because I have two names on all my documents vs my car insurance, etc. lol.

So far I have only taken care of my SS card and DL… they should be in the mail within 2 weeks, then I can start using those documents to update everything else. The SS office was nuts… 2 hours and 15 minutes waiting for a THREE MINUTE PROCESS! Not including the half hour drive to drive there and then again drive back. That was a very long morning…

I’m rambling. Sorry.

Post # 16
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I thought it was a big pain to take so much time away from work to go to the courthouse to get the certified license, to go to the SS office for the new card, and then to the DMV for a new license.

OH and the bank! They wanted everyone and their brother’s signature and I sat there for 20 minutes while they were “changing it” in the system. I mean, it should really be as simple as me signing a form and them taking care of it.

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