(Closed) Anyone ever changed their name while living in another country?

posted 7 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Honey bee

I would make sure to visit Social Security office first. That one you have to be in person.

Post # 5
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Honey bee

@KatNYC2011: hopefully someone can help. It may be possible that you cant legally change it till you are back in the US. Not sure.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m working on changing my name in the UK, and find the whole process very overwhelming. I decided to keep all of my Canadian docs in my maiden name until my passport and work visa need renewing. I thought it would be too difficult to have my married name on my passport, and my work visa in my maiden name. The less confusion at the border, the better!!! Because almost everything has to be done in person in Canada, I’m leaving bank accounts, health card, etc. in my maiden name. All UK docs I’m in the process of changing to my married name though (bank accounts, drivers licence, etc.).

Since you’ll have to replace at least your licence if you’re living here, there’s really no point changing your US one if it will cost you, since you have to surrender it to the DVLA if you want to drive her after 1 year (or if your insurance company won’t let you drive on your US one). 

One thing to note when changing your name (or registering for anything in your married name) is that pretty much everyone will take just your marriage certificate if it is a straight maiden -> married change. If you are hyphenating, you need to apply for a deedpole. Sounds scary, but it’s basically just a piece of paper confirming your name change and doesn’t cost too much.

Hopefully that offers a bit of insight? 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

I wish I could help, but I think that I am keeping mine for the time being. With the military involved and the issues with passports and visas, I don’t honestly think it’s worth it.

(I’ve been here a little over a month and I’m loving it, btw! I haven’t been to London yet, but we’ve got a 3 day weekend coming up and we’re going to go down then.)

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@KatNYC2011: Of course you can 🙂 Just take your passport + marriage certificate to the bank and they should be able to set you up with your new name no problem.
However … getting a bank account if your employer is not helping you set one up is pretty much a nightmare! The only bank I could find that would take me (despite having a letter of recommendation from my CDN bank) was HSBC … you have to pay like 8.00 pounds a month though! I guess I’m used to the fees since they charge you for EVERYTHING in Canada – but in the UK, pretty much all accounts are free and there are no charges to use your bank card/withdraw money from any bank machine, etc.

My Darling Husband is English though, so after a year we set up a joint account but only I have access to it. I use it as my personal account 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You could alos see if it is possible to file your wedding cert yourself. We did that and I went to SSA the Monday after we were married, I had to wait a few more days for the license but that was no big deal. I don’t know what the laws are in each state though.

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