(Closed) Did I need to put my married last name on my marriage license?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1117 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I live in Canada so it could definitely be different, but here you put your maiden name. We also have a two week waiting period before we get our official marraige certificate, and once we had that I could go to the registry and get my name officially changed. Honestly though, Google it! Thats how I learn everything!

Post # 4
2868 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

When you signed your marriage license your name was still your maiden name.  It may have changed as soon as you signed it, or it may change when you file the license, but at the time you literally were signing it, it necessarily hadn’t changed, so you did the correct thing. Don’t worry!!

Post # 5
9947 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Depends where you live and what paperwork is used.


# 1

In Canada we get a Marriage License, then when we marry we sign the Registry in Church after the Ceremony

# 2

In some US States you apply for a Marriage License (one document) as a single person / couple and then after the Marriage that is sent back into the State by your Officiant, and a Marriage Certificate (different document) is issued back to you

# 3

In other US States, you apply for the Marriage License as a single person / couple and then after the Marriage, you sign it and the Officiant signs it and sends it in and a Marriage Certificate is issued.

# 4

In other US States, you apply for the Marriage License as a single person / couple and then after the Marriage, the Officiant signs it, and sends it in, and the State records the info on the License, puts a Seal on it, and sends it back to you (so infact one paper is BOTH your Marriage License & your Marriage Certificate).

So as you can see lots of alternatives based on the jurisdiction… and some require a signature post Wedding, and some don’t

Most places your actual name change happens when you go get your IDs switched over… Social Insurance, Drivers License, Passport etc.  Until you do that you are known by your pre-Wedding name.


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@Tigerlilybride: said, you can use GOOGLE to find more about the State where you were married, every State has a website and a “Getting Married” Page.

Hope this helps,


Post # 6
880 posts
Busy bee

ETA: Whoops. This is why you don’t respond to posts at 1am. You get states that start with ‘I’ confused in between clicks.

I know in Michigan you have to sign with your ‘new’ last name.


Post # 7
9071 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Edited: I only had to sign my NEW name. I did not sign my maiden name.

ETA: My maiden name was recorded by the court recorder, but the name that I physically signed with my own hand was my new married name.

Post # 8
9947 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012


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@beeintraining:  Ya, and that website is for the State of Indiana… unless we know the actual state where this Bee is from, it is pretty hard to give her the hard facts for her situation.

As I said, there are many different ones in the USA… every State sets their own rules.

I got married in Florida, their paperwork follows example # 4 above… so I had to fill out my Marriage License with my CURRENT NAME, and sign it.

Then the License was granted… we were married.  And ONLY the Officiant signed it… and sent it back into the State Courthouse.

I got it back with the State Seal on it… and now it is my Marriage Certificate.

Never had to sign another thing.  Single, Married or otherwise.

I take my Marriage Certificate with me to my local DMV etc when & if I choose to change my name from my Maiden to my married.


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