(Closed) Need help from CA Marrieds

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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25 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2007

that’s weird. when you went to the ss office, the name should have gone into the system at the dmv. we were told to wait about 72 hours to go the dmv bc it would take about that long for my new name to show up with my ssn. i’m sorry that you’re having so much trouble, but something about that doesn’t sound right. what if you went to the social security office and asked them? wish i could be more help…

Post # 4
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14 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2007 - historic estate overlooking the heart of Palm Springs

hmmm….I have no advice as I’ve put off doing it. Please keep us posted on what you learn–I’m eager to hear how to do it!

p.s. why does it have to be so hard?!

Post # 5
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217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

In California, if you are just changing your maiden last name to your married last name – not a problem.  HOWEVER, if you are also changing your middle name, that counts as a "major name change" (bigger than just getting married) and you need to go before a judge to "legally change your name" if you are doing more than simply taking on your married last name.  I’ve had a few Cali friends who wanted to make their maden names their middle names, and some didn’t do it because it costs money for the forms and processing and takes more time.  One friend didn’t have a middle name and wanted one, but it is a hassle to legally change any part of your birth name other than taking on a last name by marriage.  I haven’t personally tried to change my name as I’m not getting married until August – but this is what my friends have told me. 

Post # 6
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220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m not married, but I had the same trouble when my Step Dad adopted me. It took about two weeks and 4 different people.  I don’t know if it had to do with the the time or a nice employee. I would call before you go in again. 800-777-0133

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