Post # 1
I’ve changed my last name with the federal government and all the parts associated – SSN, IRS, passport, my employer. But like so many other women, I’m now stuck with the state DMV who won’t accept my new name. They said I have to do a legal name change. Now we all know what a lengthy, expensive process that is.
So my question is: is there any reason I actually need to change my name with the state? If I left my driver’s license with my old last name, would it pose problems? Since I have a passport in my new last name, I could technically just carry that around and use it for an ID, right?
Post # 3
Changing your name with Social Security IS a legal name change. So you should be all set for changing your driver’s license.
Post # 4
@paradiseMLE: Take your new social security card and passport and marriage license with you to the DMV. That should be enough. Don’t leave your DL with your maiden name.
Post # 5
I’m going through the same thing! It’s so stupid and frustrating! I don’t know if you need to change your license or not, but it seems like it could get confusing. I talked the DMV into adding my maiden name as a second middle name, so now I have three names with the federal government and four names with the state government. I’m hoping that over time as every other document has three names and I keep using three names, the DMV will use the name I can document rather than the name that only they have. I don’t know if that’s just wishful thinking though. Good luck deciding what to do!
Post # 6
OP, whoever you spoke to at the DMV was mistaken. You just need your current license, your new SS card and your marriage certificate. If they try to tell you otherwise, maybe print this and show it to them, then ask to talk to a superior?
(see n. 1, top of page 2)
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
If you have your married name on your social security card plus your marriage license, the DMV shuold make all the changes you need. When I went, they didn’t even ask to see my SS card… or marriage license, they just did it. Definitely don’t leave you ID or passport in your maiden name if you’ve changed your name on your SS card.
Post # 8
The OP doesn’t specify the exact problem she’s having. I assume it’s the same as the one I’m having which is that the federal government will allow you to make your maiden name your new middle name and the state government will not allow you to change your middle name without a court order. For this reason, I currently appear to have two different legal names:one with the federal government that is First Maiden Last, and one with the state government that is First Middle Maiden Last. If the OP is having the same problem I am, then even bringing the new SS card and the marriage license to the DMV won’t help, because the state government has different laws for how you can change your name than the federal government.
Post # 9
Colorado’s problem is due to the fact that my husband has a Spanish-style last name. That is his father’s last name + his mother’s maiden name. They won’t allow me to take the paternal last name; will only let me take the mother’s maiden name. Haha – no one in their right mind would do that!!
My guess is that this is a very common problem, given the # of Hispanics in the state.
Post # 10
Mrs. Gremmlin – you must have had the nicest DMV rep ever… was that in CO?? Which DMV location?
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Notarized copy of your marriage license is proof of a legal name change. You may also need other documents like your SS card and recent bills with the new name. Worst case you end up with one name on your license and another name on your passport. USE THE NAME ON YOUR PASSPORT WHEN YOU TRAVEL and pack that DL away.
Oh and if you ever get arrested (crosisng my fingers you won’t) you have to give them both names and then you will be listed as an AKA.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
@paradiseMLE: No, I live in Virginia– I was shocked by how easy it was, really. I actually added my maiden name as my second middle name, too, and I had no issues at all. He literally didn’t look at any documentation and took my word for it, even though I was prepared with everything (and for a fight!). At first he entered just myfirst mymiddle marriedname, but when I corrected him with my maiden as middle#2, he didn’t bat an eyelash.
I would try again– each DMV employee tends to play by different rules, but it’s really important you have the same name on your id, passport and SS card.