Post # 1
I was just curious about when exactly do I change my last name? Is it before I get married when we go to the records department and sign the marriage license so that I will sign with my new last name? Or do I sign the marriage license with my maiden name? And after I get married do I sign the marriage certificate with my new name even if I haven’t changed it yet? When will you bees change your last name?
Post # 3
In Maryland, the marriage license MUST have your maiden name, and until the marriage license is filed, the only way to change your name would be with a court order.
Post # 4
@ErinMarguerite Oh does the law vary from state to state or is it a personal choice?
Post # 5
California is different than Maryland – I have to sign with my new last name. I would check your state and see what the requirements are!
Post # 6
@crayfish Yes good idea. I was just curious what all the other bees were doing… but I will definitely ask at the records department or google it online I think the Brides’ magazine had a link to a website where you can check the laws to each state but I have to look for that magazine.
Post # 7
i’m sure when you go they’ll be able to tell you how to sign. i didn’t change my name until i got back from the honeymoon and had the marraige license waiting for me in the mail.
Post # 8
And be careful, if you’re going out of the country for your honeymoon, you’ll need your passport to match!
Post # 9
You aren’t going to be able to change your name until after you get married. The marriage license that has been returned to you will be the proof to change your name. You will take it to the DMV or SS first, it depends on where you live which one though.
I was required to have my maiden name on the marriage license and sign my maiden name. The court where you get the license will put the correct name on it and the officiant will tell you which name to sign so don’t worry.
Post # 10
If you’re doing it in California, you change your name as part of your marriage license application (and if you don’t do it then, it costs much more). It will ask both partners what names they want to use after the marriage, and provided you’re changing to either your partner’s name or a combination of your names, that’s all you need to do. Then you do DMV/SS after that. Different states handle it differently, though. (Also, assuming you’re talking California, most counties have instructions and forms on their websites—ours has a pretty good “frequently asked questions” page on it.)
Post # 11
I recently got married and am struggling now with all the paperwork I am dealing with that comes with a name change. I am also hyphenating to myname-hisname. Thankfully, it’s only 3 syllables. Professionally, I felt it was necessary to keep my maiden name, but I am also a traditionalist and felt taking his name was necessary also, hence the hyphen. It’s all a personal choice, but in retrospect, now that I’m dealing with the name change paper work, it’s a REAL PITA! Good luck bees!
Post # 12
I’m keeping both names but not hyphenating them. That way I can legally use either or both. I’ll have to wait until after the wedding to change DL etc.