Post # 1
Soon we’ll be celebrating our 2 month wedding anniversary and I have yet to take the 1st step to change my name. We’ve been quite busy moving and dealing with his family business so that’s kept me off task. I’m also dragging my feet because I can’t decide whether to just be FirstName His LastName or FirstName Maiden name (as Middle Name) HisLastname. I do not have a Middle name so my “middle” name would NOT be used as a last name. Ick this sounds complicated even to me. I’m mostly curious as to how long it’s taken other bees to change their names if in fact they have…
Post # 3
About 2 months, except for on my passport. I held off on that because I wasn’t leaving the country anytime soon. I started about 1 month after the wedding and was done with pretty much everything about a month later.
Post # 4
I was married August 14th 2010, and I started paperwork changing my name in March, so 7 months. I still haven’t changed everything yet – I need to change some banking information, my passport, and I think some other stuff. I knew that I wanted to change it, I just was busy with school once I finally received my marriage certificate!
Post # 5
9 days (I don’t yet have a passport, that probably would have taken longer). I was really excited to take DH’s name, and didn’t want to wait. The woman at the DMV was super amused.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I was done within about 2-3 months after the wedding, for the most part, although I just realized recently that I still need to change my name on my vehicle registration (did on my DL, though!). Oops 🙂
I probably finished the process about 2 weeks after I started it. I had to wait for a confirmation letter from the SS office before I could start the process at the DMV, and the process at the DMV took 2 visits because I had to renew my license anyway and there was a test involved and long lines (etc. etc.). I started contacting the banks as soon as I had my provisional license, and sent in my passport at the same time (that took another 2 weeks to get back, but I had done my part!).
Post # 7
I have been married before, so this is regarding that time.
I was able to have everything done in about a month. We got our license back rather quickly, about 2 weeks later. The day after I got it, I went to the SS office. That took less than an hour. I was given a “receipt” that stated what my new name would be, and that I had in fact filed for a new adjusted card. I then took that receipt to the DMV with a piece of mail that proved my address. It also took less than an hour to get a new DL ordered with my new name. (Laws vary by state and you may have to wait until you get the new SS card and a piece of mail in your married name before the DOL will let you get a new DL.)
My new DL showed up about two weeks later and then I just took it around to my utilities companies and my college to have everything changed over. The changes with both were immediately effective.
I didn’t have to change my name anywhere else except the bank and that was done over the phone in just a few minutes. (They did ask that they be allowed to photocopy my new DL the next time I came in). I think I got off lucky, though. I’ve never had a passport and didn’t own a vehicle at the time.