Changing Maiden to Middle Name in New York State?

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Commenting to follow! I’ve read a few things indicating NY may change their policies re: the middle name change but haven’t heard anything official!

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I also heard this- commenting to follow.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Getting ready to change my name next week! Bumping to see if any bees have any updates on this topic 🙂

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I just wanted to update that I have officially changed my name in NY to First Middle Maiden MarriedLastName. I had no problems at SS or DMV and all four names were printed on both, 27 characters total!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

MissBeagle27:  How did you do it?  Did you note it on the original marriage license application or did you have to change things afterwards

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Commenting to follow. Once our license from Jamaica comes in I’ll be changing my last name too (keeping my middle name though… I have no ties to my last name!) and not sure where to even start. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

When I applied for my marriage license (which was in New Jersey because that is where I got married) they only wanted your name as it is at birth- First Middle Maiden. After we were married I went to social security (in NYC where I live) and I filled out the name change application as First, middle maiden, marriedlastname. There was no issue submitting it this way. I went to the dmv once my new ss card arrived and submitted the name change form the same way, without issue.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Like MissBeagle mentioned – I too had a similar situation. We got married in NJ (My marriage license has my maiden name) and when I filed my paperwork at the Social Security office in NYC, where we too live, I simply placed the name I wanted on there. My name is now: my First, Middle Name + Maiden Last Name, New Last Name. I didn’t have any problems then going to the DMV. I did have to wait a bit longer at the DMV though because they had to complete a state change (went from a NJ license to a NY one) with my maiden name then they were able to complete the paperwork for a name change. All in all it actually went better than I thought. Just make sure you have all paperwork (marriage license, etc) with you. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I am looking into this now and found this link that was very helpful. Basically, it says to change your SS card and Passport first, before changing your DL, thus you have all the documentation needed to either change your middle name to your maiden name or to do First Middle Maiden New Last like I want to do. http://www.missnowmrs.com/newlywed-blog/2011/12/05/new-york-maiden-to-middle-name-change/

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Charmed3:  does this work if you have a New York marriage license as well?

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2016

We are getting married in NYC, and I was wondering, is it better to keep your maiden name on the forms, or can I opt for his last name on the form, and then still request First Middle Maiden Last on the SS forms and such?

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I just successfully completed the process of making my maiden name my middle name and wanted to share with you all how easy  it actually was by following the advice I got here on this thread. When we got our marriage license at NYC City Hall, I placed my new last name on it (I did not hyphenate or add my maiden name anywhere on it). The first thing I changed was my SS card and simply made my maiden name my second middle name on the form and that worked just fine. Once I received the new card, I did the same thing on my passport application. Once I received that, I bought both new passport and SS card with me to the DMV in NYC and filled the forms out the same way and voila! It was easy, I didn’t encounter any issues. Hope this helps someone!!

ps- I waited almost a year after getting married to change my name and it wasn’t problem

Post # 14
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Wannabee

 

tlcr33 :  Hi – I am about to follow your advice. I have a question for you. Did you have a Middle Name on your Birth Certificate or Social Security Card? I do have a Middle Name. When filling out the Social Security Application to change my name, I was going to follow your advice to add my Maiden Name on Middle Name? But what if I have a Middle Name on the “FULL NAME AT BIRTH IF OTHER THAN ABOVE” line? Is that a problem? 

BTW – this week I am going to apply for my marriage license at NYC City Hall, and was planning not to add my Middle Name to avoid confusion. 

Post # 15
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Wannabee

missgisellem :  What did you finally do on your marriage license and SS application? Did you have Middle Name originally? Thanks for your help. 

 

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