(Closed) Changing my name

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

You should be able to head over to a Social Security office with your marriage certificate and SS card in card. There’s a quick to form to fill out, and they mail you the new card within a week. Then you take that and change your name at the DMV and all that. I changed my name the same way, and I’m happy with it.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Your marriage license doesn’t matter; what matters is Social Security.

Post # 5
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with others that social security and the DMV are what matters, not the license.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

Your marriage license is strictly proof that you are married and can therefore change your name without a court order.You’ll need it to change your name at the bank, on credit card, etc…

I may be wrong, but I’m pretty certain you should be able to arrange your name like that. You can google the paperwork you need (it’s really just one sheet) and make sure there’s enough space for two first names. Like I said, I went with Myfirstname Mymiddlename Mymaidenas2ndmiddle Hislast. That change was super easy and totally legal.

I would just recommend that once you get your new SS card and go the DMV, be super specific and be sure to double check how the DMV person enters your name. My name was very nearly just Myfirst Mymiddle Hislast because the person helping me didn’t pay attention to the two middle names.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am also from Southern California, and while it is my understanding that you may change your middle and last name without a court order with a marriage liscense through social security, you need a court order to change your first name. I would head on over to the website of the county in which you wish to change your name and see what the requirements are. Also, the clerk of the court may also be able to provide you with some helpful information. I actually want to do exactly what you are doing and will be getting married and living in CA (currently in DC) so I will need to do the same thing. Feel free to PM me with any info you find out. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I was thinking about it, and it may not worth the trouble of getting a court order to have two first names. I say this because on your SS card, the names are not labled first middle last. It’s just a string of names. Also, on my license, the only name that is labled is my last name… so I could very well have three first names and no one would know the difference.

My point is last it may easier to do (technically) yourfirst yourmiddle yourmaidenasmiddle hislast, and socially change your name to yourfirstandmiddle. …If that makes any sense at all.

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