(Closed) How long did it take you to change your name?

posted 9 years ago in Names
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’ve also been married a month (today!) and I haven’t started the name change process.  I’m planning on doing SS and DL next week and try to take care of everything else as I go.  However, my boss was super excited about our wedding, so all my work stuff (phone number, email, mail box, etc…) was changed before we got back from the honeymoon!  Lol, she’s just really enthusiastic.  🙂

There’s also another woman in my office who eloped a couple weeks after we got married, and she already has half the name change stuff done!  I feel like such a slacker…

Post # 4
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

4+ years. 

I changed my name on my social and driver’s license 2 1/2 years after getting married, and I have yet to change it on anything else.  I’ve even traveled internationally with my maiden name passport and had no problem!  But I’m going to change it when I get back from the Cayman Islands… I promise!  

Post # 5
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

It took about 6 months after our wedding for me to start. But once I started with the DMV, SS, and Passport, I was on a roll and it took about 4 weeks total to change everything legally (including credit cards, bank accounts, insurance, student loans, etc).

 The only I haven’t changed is my gmail account since someone else took my name!! wha! I even contemplated emailing that person and offering $50 for the account. But Darling Husband was like "Who the hell would sell their email account?" Oh well!

Post # 6
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I got married almost 9 months ago and I did my SS card, passport, and last week just barely did my license, but so far that’s it.  Now I have to change all the other little accounts like banks and credit cards…it sure does take forever to do it all!

Post # 7
3331 posts
Sugar bee

I started mine quickly, I guess.  I changed my name with social security and on my drivers license last week (our wedding was 3 weeks ago) and I’m going today to change it at HR for my job.  I did my credit cards and banks last week and this week. The only place left is school–I’ll be changing it there on Friday when I have the afternoon off.

For me, I felt like if I waited to do it, I wouldn’t do it.  I wanted to get it changed and done with before I could think about it too much. 😉

Post # 8
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I just finished the SS and DMV on Monday after getting married 2 1/2 months ago. My job was super busy until last week so I couldn’t take a day off to get it done! I just finished the process of getting my new email and everything at work since I’m switching territories and customers next week. New customers, new name. They’ll never even know. It’s been just little things at a time, but I’m glad to see an end in sight!

Post # 9
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

We’re two days away from our 6-month anniversary and I have yet to do a thing. For whatever reason, none of the marriage license documents that we have (the application we filled out and the license the pastor signed) have "December Hisname" on it, just "December Hername" and the SSA needs to have a piece of identification in each name to make the change. So now I have to order a record from the state records house and hope that it says "December Hisname" on it.

Post # 10
32 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

Our wedding is in about a month, I’m already getting everything prepared and ready to go.  I can’t wait to change my name!!

I’m using http://www.missnowmrs.com  Big help!

Post # 11
24 posts

We have been married 3 months and I have done the Social security and DMV, but that is about it.  I changed it on my email signature at work, but not the account name or anything else.  I just kind of ran out of steam.

Though It is a little strange to kind of switch back and forth.  I signed my stepdaughter out of camp last week and used my maiden name, she said, "You signed the wrong name".  After 30 years it is automatic.

I just need to get around to the passport, work change, bank etc….

Post # 12
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I teach, so I’ve been able to do it over the summer. I started changing it about 2 months after the wedding, starting with Social Security, then my driver’s license, and slowly getting my credit cards and bank info. changed. It is a process, and it can get expensive! I’m not changing my passport because it’s something like $75, and we don’t travel enough to warrant that.

Post # 13
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I got married on June 6. I’ve changed my license, SS card, bank accounts, car insurance, health insurance, frequent flyer account, credit card, and HR documents. I’m still waiting to get some copies of my marriage license before I can change some savings accounts and I still need to switch over my life insurance. I’m waiting to do my passport since some places want me to have a legal document with my old name on it just to prove my former identity.

@ December — Did you ask your SS office if you need to have your Firstname Hislastname on your marriage document? I didn’t have that, and it wasn’t a problem. Our license just had my maiden name and his full name along with our birthdays and wedding days. However, the SS people accepted it along with a passport (maiden name) and driver’s license (married name).

Post # 14
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m waiting until we come back from our honeymoon in Europe to start the process. That’ll be about 2.5 months after the wedding, if I do right away. I didn’t want to mess with the name/identity issue while we were travelling abroad.

Post # 15
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

Today is our 3 month anniversary and I still haven’t changed it!  We are in the process of buying a house and I’m about to take the bar, so I didn’t want the change to complicate these processes!  It will probably be about 4 or 5 months before I do it!

Post # 16
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I went right after getting the marriage license back to the social security office.  I got my card back only about a week after that so two weeks in all for the official stuff.  I haven’t had time to change my name on accounts or insurance yet since they ask for a bunch of other things and I can’t change my license yet!

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