(Closed) How complicated was your name change?

posted 7 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
1470 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

its really not that bad, and not sure why you would need a lawyer??

I did mine right after our honeymoon, First you have to get a copy of your marriage certificate, next go to Social Security, they have a form you need to fill out they will change it give you a letter and your new card will arive in about a week.  Once you get your SS card you can change everything else!  Next go to the DMV and get you new DL with your new name.  Then one by one start changing everything else.  I sent form to work, I called my credit card company, they sent me new card and next I have to do the bank, the mortgage company ect….  Its really not that bad, once you get your SS card and DL done you can change everythig esle as qucik or as slow as you want!!  

Post # 4
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I did everything I could by mail – including Social Security. Why go in and wait in line when I can have it back in 2-3 weeks by mail? As the last person said, SS then your drivers license. After that, it’s mostly phone calls. I found a few places wanted me to send over a PDF of the marriage licenses and a copy of my licenses. PayPal was one of the ones that wanted everything.

As for the deed on your house, you don’t have to change it. We didn’t. Our house is in both Darling Husband and I’s name (mine being maiden). When we go to sell, I’ll just be bringing a copy of the marriage certificate with us. If you want to do the house, you need to contact your title company and get them to rewrite the title. I think the company here quoted us around $50-$100.

Even the DMV questioned my desire to change the name on the title of my car. They were a bit annoyed I wanted to do it, guess most people don’t…

Everytime I order things online I check my name with that company. I ordered from Best Buy a few months ago and did in store pickup, forgetting to check my name. Well, when I got there they gave me a hard time about the whole maiden vs married name (my married name is first, middle & old last, last, so at least my old last name is still part of my name). The guy was super unfriendly about it – I even pulled out old cards (including college ID) with my old name to show him I’m the same person. Finally caved, after I argued.

Post # 5
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m kind of dragging my feet too. I got a copy of my marriage license, then SS, then driver’s license, then changed things at my bank and credit cards. Still have to change with the post office and the car insurance. I don’t think I’ll be contacting the company we’re renting from – my hubby and I are both on the contract – and not going to bother changing it with the power company unless something comes up. As long as the bills keep getting paid I don’t think they’ll mind the past name on the checks.

I think it’ll be easier to just open a new Paypal than change my name with them!

Post # 6
4753 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012


Post # 7
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

So far the hard part was just deciding what I wanted to change it to. I settled on taking my maiden name as my middle name and my husband’s last name as my new last name. This past week I went to the social security office and it was a surprisingly simple process. In July I have my appointment with the DMV and I’m expecting that to be a pain, but the DMV is always a pain. After that I need to bring my license and SS card to my job and have them make a copy to have on file. Then the bank. My lease was already filed under my new name. 

Post # 8
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

It was incredibly simple for me. The biggest issue was on my social it has First (Middle Maiden) as my middle name, Last. The DMV and everywhere else pretty much apparently can’t do that so it is First Middle Maiden-Last. But it hasn’t been an issue anywhere/

Post # 9
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Mine took about 3 hours.  2.5 hours of that was waiting in lines at the DMV and SS office.

Post # 10
6 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

I got married on May 5 and on May 7, I was Mrs. P.  I went to the Clerk of Court, had them notarize the license that the JoP filled out (I got permission from the JoP to do it in my own so I didn’t have to wait) and after I received my notarized copy, I went to the Social Security office, showed them the license and they ordered my new SS card.  Then I went to the DMV, showed them my notarized copy, got my new ID/license right on the spot, notified my bank and I was officially Mrs. P two days after saying, “I do.”

The only issue I had was at the DMV, they typed First MiddleMaiden Last, because they can’t hyphenate middle names.  On my SS card, it says First Middle-Maiden Last.  As with a PP, I haven’t had any trouble with the inconsistencies and I guess technically, since my middle name is hyphenated, my middle initial is considered M.

It was easy and fast.  A lot faster than I thought it would be.

That’s my Louisiana, I’m not sure about other states.

Post # 11
7289 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

So complicated and expensive $$$$, that I haven’t even done it yet and I’m more than a half a year into marriage 😉 hahaha

Post # 12
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Mine has been pretty straightforward to be honest. Definitely no need for a lawyer for us. I imagine that would only be in extreme cases. Usually just your marriage certificate suffices.

Post # 13
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Grrr…it was hard especially since we got married in a different state.  License said I needed something from the state we got married in (not just our marriage license!).  I felt like I was running everywhere.  Car insurance said I had to add hubby to my policy in order to change.  School loans said changing my name would affect how much I paid.  Grrrr….still aggravated!

Post # 14
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Padua Hills Theater

I’m dreading going through all this… I have the paper work filled out I just need to go to the ss office and turn it in… But the office is really far away and I’m being lazy about it…. Guys have it so easy!

Post # 15
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I just last month changed my SS card.  We’re overseas so it took 6 weeks to get it.  Now I have to change all the military paperwork (YIKES, there’s a lot) and my passport but I can’t live w/o it for a month.  We travel too much so not sure when. 

Credit cards, bank stuff, etc. is on hold right now.  Darling Husband never understood what a PITA it was to do it until we updated something last week.  He said at this rate maybe I’ll have it all done before our 2nd anniversary. LOL.

Post # 16
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I learned the hard way that you have to do SS first, then DMV, LOL.

I’m hoping to take some time from work and change my name with SS this week. I dont want to send originals in the mail or else I’d send them everything and skip going in person.

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