Name change question, hoping to surprise my husband for Valentine's Day!

posted 3 years ago in Ontario
Post # 3
3488 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I don’t know about Canada, but in the US I had to hand over a certified copy of my marriage licesne, and I didn’t get it back. 

Post # 4
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m not in Canada, so this advice is probably completely invalid, but my process was:

1. apply for new social security card, wait 10 days for it to come in the mail
2. bring social security card and marriage certificate to DMV, get new drivers license (needed to take a new picture), wait two weeks for that to come in the mail

Neither place needed to keep my marriage certificate. I don’t know how it works in Canada, but in some places in the US, there’s a time limit on when you can do the free name change after you get married.

Post # 5
3728 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@pinklemonade12:  In my state (VA), you do SSN card first. It takes 24 hours to kick in the system and 7 days to get back. Then you do your license. In both places the look at your marriage license, but don’t keep it. Everything else (bank, credit cards, mortgages, passport, health insurace) can be done in any order, but takes time. You will need a new license and new SSN card to do them though. 

And I got a new picture– in both VA and PA that is the case

Post # 6
2495 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I can’t offer any advice, as I still have to change my name (I was thinking of doing it for our second anniversary, actually), but I have to say this is the sweetest gift/idea ever. :]

Post # 8
964 posts
Busy bee

I’m in Canada and all places that required the valid marriage certificate took a photo copy of it. I think they need your actual one so that THEY can make the copy. But they give it back.

Also, they took my picture for my drivers license. They also had a fee of $10 to change it but since I renewed my license at the same time, they waived that fee. 

I haven’t taken my passport picture yet but I plan to change to the 10 year one so they’ll probably take another picture.

Post # 9
2495 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@pinklemonade12:  I know what you mean about him loving to see it… my DH has been on my back (playfully) about changing my name a lot, lately. After our DD was born (way before we were even engaged), I talked a lot about having the same last name as the 2 of them, but it’s now been almost 1 1/2 years since the wedding and I keep procrastinating about it, lol.

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