(Closed) Do I have to change my name right away?

posted 10 years ago in Names
Post # 3
4566 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My friend didn’t change her name on half her bills, lol. She did get her new army ID in her new name, but that was just so she didn’t have to get a new one once she gets around to changing everything.

Post # 4
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think where I am you have a certain amount of days where it’s free to change your name, and then after that you are charged a fee, but that’s all I can really think of. It’s probably different everywhere, so I would just call your clerk of court and they can probably tell you. Other than that, I can’t think of any other reason you would have to do it now.

Post # 5
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are waiting about a month because we are leaving to Alaskan cruise the saturday after the wedding, so theres no way i would be able to change my id and everything that week because then i would need to change my passport and i cant do that before the cruise..

Post # 6
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You don’t have to change it right away.  It doesn’t cost anything to get a new social security card but you will probably have to pay for a new drivers license no matter when you change the name.

Are you sure that the marriage license was supposed to have your married name?  Mine had my maiden name on it since I wasn’t legally my married name yet.  I would check to make sure that is correct.

Post # 7
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I waited months after the wedding to even start the name change process… and I’d be surprised if I actually finished it by our first anniversary.  🙂  I don’t think there’s a time limit on changing your name.

Post # 8
2777 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

There’s no obligation to change your name right away. I think it’s fine to get legally married first before you change your name but as bree said, it might cost you a slight fee.

Post # 9
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Nope, there’s no time limit on changing your name. I did mine about a month after the wedding only because I knew if I didn’t, I never would.

The SS card is free, and depending on what state you’re in, there’s a small fee for a new license (mind was $5 in Illinois). Everything else is free as well.

Post # 10
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We just passed the 4 month mark and I still haven’t changed my name thanks to buying a house and an international trip!  You can definitely wait until May to do it.

Post # 11
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@Miss AsB: I’m so glad you said that. I was having a mini freak-out that maybe we did the wrong thing because our marriage license has my maiden name on it! Lol. Thanks for clarifying. (:

Post # 12
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

You can wait until whenever really. Sarah Michelle Gellar was married for 5 years before she changed her name (to Sarah Michelle Prinze). Read about it here.

Post # 13
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

From what I understand you don’t have to do it right away. My SIL still hasn’t changed her last name to ours and they got married just shy of 2yrs ago.

Post # 14
1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with everyone – I think its fine if you wait. I’ll be waiting a while as well due to the honeymoon, visiting family, and a couple of trips we’re taking before we finally make it back home to settle into married life.

Post # 15
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not changing it right away. I prolly wont just cuz I hate going and standing lines. I’ll get to it eventually.

Post # 16
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I was just looking at the paperwork for NY today, and here if you don’t change it within two years there is an extra step to take care of, but you can still do it.  You can always do it.

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