(Closed) Name change, marriage license

posted 5 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

my marriage license has a hyphenated name on it even though I never plan to change my name to have a silly hyphen in it. But for where we live it it is imporrible to get a new drivers license and pass port etc without spending a week in a city 800 miles away. this way I can use both for IDs until I get them all changed over, but there is no rush to do so. I will probably wait until my pass port expires to change my name over officially anyways. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

The way I understand it– by changing it on the marriage license you’re stating that you intend to change your name… but there’s no timeline on which you need to have this process completed.  

The only thing I caution you is don’t change it 1/2 way (for example, curently, I’ve changed it with SS & most of my bank/loans, but not on my driver’s license, voter’s registration, mortgage, passport, or employee files) If, for example, I don’t get my paperwork completed by the end of the year– my SS# will be one name, and my I-9 and W-4 would be another– BIG problem when I go to pay my 2012 taxes next April.

The decision either way is up to you– for me, I have elected to legally hyfinate my name (because I didn’t realize I had to decide right then and was still too indecisive) but socially, I’m going by my married name, and professionally I’m sticking with my maiden name; mostly because all of my business contacts already know my unique last name which is part of my e-mail and there is another woman with the same first initial/last name combo that I would have if I made the switch. 

It seems a bit complicated, because I basially have 3 identities– 1 for work, 1 for social events, and 1 on paper & planes. But I like it this way– the only thing that ticked me off was when my credit card company cut off part of my new last name from my card because it was “too long” but I have 2 other cards which had no problem fitting my name on the same sized piece of plastic. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@juliette.eliza:  Thanks for this post!  I am also planning to have 3 identities, so it is good to know that you are happy with your choice.  I was planning to have 2 identities (work and social), but my state doesn’t allow me to add FI’s name legally without a hyphen, so I ended up with a 3rd (paper & planes):

LittleRiver Smith Jones (work)
LittleRiver Jones (social)
LittleRiver Smith-Jones (paper & planes)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My marriage license says nothing about me changing my name versus not changing it. Do some marriage license’s indicate a name change?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@les105:  Yes, mine lists my “New Surname,” which takes effect at the conclusion of the marriage ceremony.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@dinosaurcat:  

I changed my name on my marriage license but it doesn’t “activate” unless I take action to do so by taking the license to the dmv to get a new license, social security office, passport office, etc. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Huh, I just put my birth name on it because that is what my legal name is at the time of the signing.

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