Post # 1
Hello! Just looking for a quick bit of advice. How soon after your wedding did you begin the process of changing your last name? How long did it take you to get a new SS card, passport, etc?
I want to do it right away but we are having a delayed honeymoon. Getting married in July and honeymooning in Sept. I am worried that I will start the process of changing my name but not everything will be finished by honeymoon time, messing up travel plans.
I live in IL, if that makes a difference! Thanks for any advice!
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Post # 2
I live in Canada so things are a little different. I started the process about 6 weeks after we were married (that’s how long it took to get our certificate) and then most documents took about 2 weeks to get but in total it was probably closer to a month (taking into account the time to actually go to the registry and bank etc). There was also a small amount of time when I literally had no photo ID. and all of my “ID” was in the form of temporary licenses (while the real one was being mailed to me). I also still haven’t changed my passport because it’s just a hassle and Ive heard that as long as you book in the same name as your passport and you carry a copy of your marriage certificate you’re fine.
If I were you I would start the process whenever, but leave your passport until after the honeymoon. Just remember to book under that name and carry lots of documentation.
Post # 3
SunshineSmiles: If you’ve already bought your flight tickets for your honeymoon, don’t change your passport until afterwards.
Post # 4
I was married April 26 with a honeymoon out of the country May 17. I waited to change my name and am in the process now. I would wait just incase, or go to the SS office and see if they can expedite your request?
Post # 5
We are having a delayed honeymoon also. We got marride May 10th and leaving June 23rd til July 9th. I’m so eager to change my name also but I know its best for me to wait til after so I don’t have to stress about getting your passport in time. I plan on getting all my paperwork filled out before hand and then filing them all as soon as I get back. You can do the same too! 🙂
Post # 6
SunshineSmiles: I got married May 17th and I already have a new driver’s licence in my married name. Next is health card and my bank accounts, credit cards, social insurance. My work email was changed my first day back after the wedding and a message went out to the office advising everyone of the name change. Last thing I will do is passport, after everything else has been changed. We are not honeymooing until next January so I have plenty of time. It might be cutting it close for you, though. I think I would wait until after honeymoon in your situation just to be sure nothing got screwed up with your trip.
Post # 7
AllieBee12: What province are you in? I’m in Alberta and I was able to get my stuff changed using only the certificate given to us my our marriage commissioner on our wedding day. I didn’t have to wait for the one issued by Vital Stats.
Post # 8
I haven’t gotten my marriage cert back yet but plan to do it ASAP so I don’t have trouble getting on airplanes or anything
Post # 9
islandx0sunset: That’s a great idea to get everything filled out in advance and file as soon as the honeymoon is done. I am so eager to change it ASAP, but it may be creating more headaches than it is worth. Plus, I guess we can start using our new last names socially and no one wll know that we aren’t official yet!
sillysillybee: I think you are right. There are a lot of little steps to the process and rather than spending the days directly following the wedding rushing around and panicking about getting it done, it’d probably just be better for me to wait.
Post # 10
I got married in May 2013 – and I didnt change my name legally until July 2013 due to traveling/conflicts.
I got my new social security card in the mail about a week after I applied for it. You have to wait at least 3 business days for it to show up in the DMVs system. Then I brought my marriage license, current drivers license, and needed forms to DMV and got my new drivers license with no problems at all. I didn’t get my new SS card in the mail until about 1.5 weeks after I applied for it.
FYI – I’m from CT
Post # 11
SunshineSmiles: I get the eagerness to change it…I was very excited to do it too. If I were you I would definately change it socially and professionally immediately after the wedding, like social networks and at the office, and I would be signing my new name all over the place. But just wait to change the official stuff.
Post # 12
I didn’t bother to start changing mine until 4-5 months after I got married. It’s just a pain in the ass so I was putting it off. I think it took maybe a month and a half for me to get everything done. I had to refill out all of my work paperwork (insurances, retirement, etc) , that was a huge hassle!
Getting the social security card and drivers license weren’t too bad. Then you have to go to your bank, work, all your credit cards, insurance, retirement, etc.
Post # 13
SunshineSmiles: i live in alaska. we got married in the state capital so i did it two days after the wedding. Then it took about two weeks for my new SS card. slowly have still been changing things lol. i still need a passport. its been on my list.
Post # 14
SunshineSmiles: I got married April 2014 and we honeymooned a couple days after. I change my name on FB right away, but waited for everything else. It took about 3 weeks for us to realize we needed a legal certificate from vital stats (Canadian bee here), so I just started changing everything a couple weeks ago. I forgot that I’d have to come up with a new signature, so make sure you practice that a few times before going in to change anything! lol my first one looks like a 5 year-old wrote it haha
Post # 15
SunshineSmiles: I got home from our wedding on May 17 and started the process immediately. It took a week to get the ss card, was able to get the drivers license in a week (I didn’t have to wait for ss to process and they let me keep both licenses), have banks and cc changed. Just not changing health and passport. You can start the process for everything, I would just wait to change your passport until after you come back so you don’t have that stress– which also means don’t change yoir frequent flyer miles because the name must match!