(Closed) Help me prepare for the NYC DMV!

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Oh gosh I still have to do this after I get my new social security card!! My only experience with the NYC DMV was when I had to get a NY license. You can only do this at the 34th street location which was super crowded (I went during the day on a weekday.. hooray for welfare..) I waited in line for 2 hours to get my picture taken then another hour to speak to a person who could take down my info. It was a total nightmare.

I think in the city though you can visit any location to change your name, but let me know if I”m wrong.

Post # 4
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I do know that in NY you can’t change your middle name to your maiden name without a court order (you can do this in most states just with your marriage license)… so maybe that is why you have heard that there are issues with name changes in NYC?  I would think as long as you bring your new social security card they really can’t argue with you since YourFirst HisLast is in fact your legal name now.  Good luck!

Post # 6
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t know about NYC specifically, but I had a somewhat similar issue with getting the DMV to put my correct name on my license.  I changed my name to MyFirst MyMiddle MyMaiden HisLast, and had this on my SS card without any problem at all.  I went to the DMV, and the woman absolutely refused to put anything on my license besides MyFirst MI HisLast.  This resulted in tears and lots of frustration.  I called and according to Ohio Law, you can have either a MI from your birthname or your full maiden name.  I got my first passport in the meantime and despite putting all four names on everything, they did the same thing, but when I sent it back for a correction, they fixed it without a problem.  Some bees told me that the DMV is required to match the passport (not sure if this is true) but went back to the DMV, got the nicest woman ever, and explained what I wanted- she did it, no problem. If she hadn’t, I was going to try a different DMV.

Moral of the story: hope you get someone nice, be super polite, and if they won’t do what you want, you might try a different DMV. Good luck!

Post # 7
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would think that they would go off your new SSN card.  I have heard of places not liking you doing different things like hypenating or adding a second middle name but never that they won’t change your name to the traditional, husband’s last name.

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