(Closed) Changing your name in Nevada? Good luck!

posted 8 years ago in Reno/Lake Tahoe
Post # 3
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I feel your pain!

I was married in NY state, and they give you the option to change your last name on the actual marriage certificate. All well and good- like you, I wanted to change my last name and keep my maiden name for my middle name. So I changed my last name on the marriage certificate (there was no option for changing my middle name).

Right after the wedding DH and I moved to Northern Nevada. I went through all the bother of driving 130 miles to get to the nearest DMV and SS office so I could change all my identity documents over to my new name. I had the same problem! They just won’t accept my maiden name changing to my middle name.

I was told that to legally change my middle name I would have to do it through the court (and then go through the whole rigamarole of changing all the identity documents over to the new name). So, it’s possible, but annoying and overly difficult. I’m not sure how much it costs to legally change your name through the court, but apparently there are some significant ones. I’ve heard that it’s at least recommended (maybe even required- I don’t really know) to hire a lawyer. Uggh.

For now I’m legally First OldMiddle NewLast, but I always sign and write my name as First Maiden NewLast. I’d like to change it at some point, but sheesh!


Post # 4
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

It is hit or miss here in Florida depending on the county you live in.  Some social security offices allow you to keep your maiden name as your middle name and some don’t.  I happen to live in one that doesn’t so I am having the same problem as you are and By The Way the main social security office is useless when it comes to helping with this situation.  They keep sending me the same section over and over about name changes even though it does not address any rules regarding specifics on what changes are allowed or prohibited.  I am slowly coming to terms with the idea that I will likely be unable to keep my maiden name if I take his last name.

Post # 5
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@texmax:  Have you tried going a filing court papers to legally change your name?  I am currently going through Civil Tree online to get my daughters name changed.  And it seems like a pretty straight forward process.  I am just waiting for her to turn 18 to remove as many obstacles as possible.

You may have to change your birth certificate after the name change,  I am not sure how all that works.  But it is worth a shot if it means that much to you.

I reside in Nevada too…and yeah jumping through hoops to get anything done in a pain in the arse.  Seems kind of stupid that it all hinges on a hyphen, I was going to do the hyphen but I decided just to take his name.

Please let me know what you find out.

Good luck!

Post # 6
11 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

That’s one thing I want to do to!!  I want to keep my maiden name and change it to my middle name. An old co-worker of mine said she went to the SS office, they allowed her to have her maiden as her middle and have her husband’s last name BUT when she got to the DMV they basically told her she can’t do that because “THERE’S NO WAY OF IDENTIFYING HER.” I think it’s completely stupid because I think whatever the SS office says is ok, then the DMV should follow (because the SS is higher than the annoying DMV). 

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