Post # 1
I am hoping that one of the bees might know the answer to this question…..
I got married last month and need to get an original marriage certificate from the city hall in order to change my name. It’s pricey to get copies of it….$15 per original….so I don’t want to order too many. However, I know that Social Security requires an original. Does anyone know if any other entities (credit cards, registry of motor vehicles, etc.) requires an original? I don’t want to order too many originals because it’s pricey and would rather make copies as needed.
Post # 3
I’m Canadian, so things might be a bit different here, but something to look into, but typically you would go to these places (Social Insurance Number, Motor vehicle branch, bank, health care, passport) and just SHOW them the original, they don’t keep it.
Post # 4
Hmm, I’m curious now, too. I didn’t know we had to submit anything to the SS office or anyone! I ordered one marriage certificate (which just came in the mail the other day, so it’s legal, yippee!) for ourselves. I didn’t know we had to submit them to other organizations!
Post # 5
Ohhh, maybe it’s only if you change your name? Is that why you’re doing it? (I’m a little slow today, lol!)
Post # 6
You should go to the places with your original to change your name. If you have to mail it, they should return it to you. There is no reason for them to keep the original. Credit cards and such will usually accept a faxed copy.
Post # 7
I needed an original marriage certificate at the social security office but I was given it back immediately. I used the same one at the department of motor vehicles and then at my bank.
Post # 8
I guess I’m confused …. there is no such thing as more than one original marriage certificate. Original by definition would be only one. All you can get is a certified copy (which is what SS needs). I think most other places will just look at or copy your certified copy but I’d order a couple just in case.
FYI – Social Security also needs a certified copy of your marriage application so don’t forget to order that too!
Post # 9
I only have one “official” certificate and ton of copies. The DMV/SS/Passport et al. require the official one, but they all give it back. I did SS and DMV in the same day, then mailed it in for the passport. Everywhere else was more than fine with a simple copy of that certificate.
I ended up making 20 copies at my work right when got back and I was starting the process, which I totally recommend. Everyone and their mother wants a copy of it (banks, airline accounts, schools…) and having copies that I could just give/send to everyone made things go a lot faster.