(Closed) Changing My Last Name

posted 5 years ago in Legal
Post # 2
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Busy bee

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bambiiandthefox:  What state are you located in?  It makes a difference; for instance, in California if you don’t indicate at the time you get the marriage license that you plan to change your name, you have to go through a court order process which is, quite frankly, a pain and expensive. 

In my state, I did not need to indicate whether or not I was going to change my name.  I took care of it right after I got back from our honeymoon.  It takes some time since you have to go to the social security office, then change your driver’s license and passport (the latter takes 4-6 weeks to process).  So I would definitely do it after the honeymoon.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

You are supposed to sign your new name on your marriage license. Can you call your county clerk and see if you can get a new marriage license with your married name?

The common advice is to do all your traveling in your maiden name, because it can take time to get all new documents showing your married name. Two months is not long enough to get your name changed, get the new documents, apply for new passport, etc.

I just changed my name. Steps for me were: Go to social security office with marriage certifiticate, fill out a form and pay $50. Then go to secretary of state and get a new Drivers License. Wait 2 weeks. Both items show up in the mail. Go to the County office and apply for new passport with changed name. Bring old passport, new SS card and new DL as well as marriage license. Pay $60 and wait a few weeks for passport. 

Book all your tickets under your maiden name and use your maiden name passport. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Also – whatever you do, make sure your passport matches the name on your airline ticket.  While they will sometimes let you just show a marriage license if there is a discrepancy, sometimes the airlines get really fussy about it – I almost didn’t get let back on a flight from Canada!

If you already booked your plane ticket under your married name, I would change your name NOW with the SSA and get your passport changed (you’ll probably have to pay for rush processing to be safe).

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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bambiiandthefox:  When I was considering keeping my old name, the county clerk told me that in order to change it later, I would need to go through an expensive legal process. I would assume you can’t just go change your name now on your license. You are legally married. You need to check with your county clerk. Ours has a walk in desk you can just go ask questions of or you could google it with your local government.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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bambiiandthefox:  I started off at the social security office, you will need to bring your marriage  certificate and a photo ID to get your social security card changed. The same day I went to the DMV where you also only need to bring the marriage certificate and your driver’s license. After that I proceeded to change my bank account and credit cards. I would not change any of this info prior to your departure because yes, you don’t want any discrepancies between your passport and all of your other documents. I still have to go and get my passport updated but I am waiting until I get my hair done so my picture can look fabulous 🙂

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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bambiiandthefox:  I would wait until after you go on your honeymoon. Getting a new passport within 2 months is doable, but will cost $$$ and will probably stress you out. As someone else pointed out – if you did book your ticket under your NEW name – GIRL – RUN! To the nearest Social Security Office. 

What I did was go to the town I was married in and pick up our marriage certificate (not license, certificate that was filed with the clerk), then I went to the SS Office and got my name changed with them… they mailed me the SS Card within a month. Then, I went off to the DMV and changed my name there (all I had to show was the marriage certificate – I did NOT need the new SS Card).

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

State makes a difference. I’m in Texas and you simply show proof of the marriage license. I know for passports you have to send in the original copy. For state ID you go in and show them the license and they change it on the spot. Not sure about SS, but I think it’s the same thing.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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italianbride0508:  I never had to pay to receive a new social security card.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

As some prior posters suggested, you will need to check the laws and regulations governing this in your state.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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bambiiandthefox:  I would check. When you applied for your marriage license were you asked whether or not you will be changing your name? I know that (in New York) if you didn’t you’ll just have to ask at the county clerk for the necessary paperwork to get your name changed to your husband’s. I don’t think it should be an extensive legal process as you are changing your name due to marriage not because you feel like having a different last name.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I just went through this.  I live in Louisiana, so I did not have to specify on my marriage license if I was going to change my name or not.  First step is to go to the social security office with your marriage license and ID and change it there.  I had no charge for this. They mailed me a new card within 2 weeks.  Then I brought that, along with my marriage license, to the DMV.  I changed my name there, and had to pay $38 for a new license.  Then I changed it on my credit cards and checking account. I havent changed it on my utility bills yet.  I called one and they told me I had to go to their office with proof.  Which the office is way out of the way, and having the bill in my old name doesn’t make a difference! I have also not done my passport yet, as I just got a new one last summer and paid $150 for it, so I don’t wanna pay another $150 until I need it!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

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bambiiandthefox:  Oh no, that is a bummer.  My friend in CA didn’t change her name on her marriage license because she was in the midst of getting her nursing license and didn’t want to do anything to delay that process.  What she didn’t realize was that changing your name on the marriage license doesn’t actually change your name, you have to do that with the SSA.  Now she has to get it done via court order, which involves things like putting an announcement in the local paper for 4 weeks.

Go here for official info: http://www.courts.ca.gov/1051.htm

From that site:

Getting married
If you recently got married and want to change your last name to your spouse’s last name, you may not have to go to court. Contact both your local DMV office and your social security office, and ask them whether you can change the name on your driver’s license and social security card simply by showing your marriage license or certificate. Note that it is possible they will tell you to get a court order, so be prepared for that.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

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prinzesschen:  really? Maybe the guy took my $50 and pocketed it? hah! 

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