Post # 1
So I’m tentatively planning on changing my name…apparently in SF county, I have to decide if I want to change it or not when I apply for my marriage license…which says name change is effective upon solemnization of the marriage.
Anyway, so I was wondering, how quickly do I need to go SSA and DMV to change it? We’ll be going on our honeymoon a couple days after the wedding and I’d very much like to return to the country without problems. Should I wait till after or do it in that couple days between wedding and honeymoon? Any advice appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
I’d like to know the answer to this too (specifically from a Canadian bee)!
Post # 4
@CrispyRN: Well, I changed my name from my evil father’s last name to my mom’s maiden. I took a day off of work and just spent a morning at social security and the afternoon at the DMV and did it all in one day. The rest of it, if you sit down and call all your credit card companies, is pretty straight forward. I just had to write a letter stating I changed my name for reasons iunrelated to marriage and a copy of the court document to all the companies.
I suppose I would do it as soon as is convenient for you. Don’t stress out about getting it done right away. People understand if you have your marriage license, old picture ID, and all of your old credit cards if you’re worried about using a credit card with the maiden name on it.
ETA: Saw that you are leaving the country. If nothing else, go to the DMV and just get maybe that paperwork filled out (although because mine was unrelated to marriage I needed to have an updated social security card) so you have that. I think they’ll still understand if you’re on your honeymoon. I’ll ask when I’m in the airports on my honeymoon in 35 days. =)
PS, sorry, am not a Canadian bee, am a California bee.
Post # 5
I would wait to change it. Most places need a copy of the marriage license, which takes weeks in CA, according to the lady I talked to when we got our license. Also, make sure your passport/plane tickets/drivers license, etc are all the same name before travelling. I went on a cruise a couple years ago and the lady in line in front of us booked her honeymoon cruise in her married name, well her passport and everything was in her maiden name and they wouldn’t let her board the ship. So just keep that in mind.
Post # 6
@redhead46: The cruise/passport thing is why I’m waiting to change my name. I actually booked it in my current last name which is what will be on my passport. There’s no point in using two different last names because they won’t match. It’s a shame that it happens though.
Anyways, I’m not sure how long it takes, but I’m sure it can be straightened out once you come back from your honeymoon.
Post # 7
Thanks for all the help! I’ll wait till after the honeymoon to do it!
Post # 8
“Well, I changed my name from my evil father’s last name to my mom’s maiden. I took a day off of work and just spent a morning at social security and the afternoon at the DMV and did it all in one day”
@macbookbee123: Was this recently? I only got married two months ago. After I got my marriage certificate, I headed over to the SSA office to change my name with them. They said the change would take 24 hours, and I had to wait until the next day to pick up a piece of paper confirming that my name had been changed in their system. I couldn’t change anything at the DMV until after I had that paper.
That sucked because I didn’t know about them needing a day to make the change, and I had taken a day off work thinking I could get them done back to back.
Post # 9
@strawbabies: I changed my name in California April 18, 2011. Yeah, I had to go to Social Security before I went to the DMV, but at the Social Security office they gave me a confirmation of name change that morning which I took and was sufficient to change my name at the DMV, along with my court documents. =)
Post # 10
You probably won’t be able to change your name until after the honeymoon anyway since the marriage license will have to be recorded by the county first and will take some time to get it back. I got mine a week after the wedding, but that was pretty quick.
Post # 11
I have friends who put on the marriage license their new legal name and then 5 years later never got it changed with SS or the DMV. So I don’t believe there’s any time frame. I got mine changed about 2 months after our wedding, I couldn’t do it right after the wedding because 1) the marriage license still needs to be processed (recorded?) with our county/state? and 2) we left for our honeymoon within a week so I couldn’t have gotten a new passport in time.
The actual name changing process was easy. Just make an appointment at the SS office and DMV. I was in and out of both places within 20 minutes! I was pleasantly shocked. Both new cards arrived within a week.
Post # 12
I was able to do mine in one day. Once I got the official copy of the license back (only a few days after the wedding), I went to the SSA. They gave me a letter saying I had been in to change my name. So I took that and the license to the DOL and got that done. After the DOL I was able to go to the bank and show them a copy of both licenses (the old and new), the letter, and the marraige license. I started my day at 8:30 and had most of the stuff taken care of by noon. I think it depends on location, though.
I would wait until after the honeymoon so you don’t have any documents with varying names, though. = )