Post # 1
I got married last year and planned to hyphenate my name after marriage so my marriage license lists the hyphenated name as my “new name.” Over the last year, I’ve made no effort to change my name with the SSA or DMV and after some introspection, realized I didn’t really want to anymore. I’ve been researching online, but can’t find solid evidence that the name change on the marriage certificate is legally binding (or not). I was hoping the lawyer bees could help clarify! What’s my legal name? Will I run into any issues if I don’t change my name with the SSA or DMV? There’s a lot of information online, but none of them appear to be on any official websites so I don’t know what to believe! I got married in California if that changes anything.
Post # 2
Pretty sure If you haven’t changed your name with SSA or the DMV then there was no name change.
ETA I was told to put my current name, exactly as it was on my marriage certificate and nothing else. Maybe it’s different in my state but I’m surprised you were able to put a different name on your marriage certificate? Or maybe I’m misunderstanding what was done here.
Post # 3
In CA anyway, you list both your current legal name and the name you wish to change to after marriage on your marriage certificate. Then to change it officially I believe you need to show the marriage certificate to the DMV, SS administration, etc. so that they can issue new documents in the married name.
I agree that if you haven’t changed anything with DMV/SS and no longer wish to change your name, you should be fine. I don’t think you’ll have any issues unless for some reason you are ever in a situation where you have to show your marriage license as well as other forms of ID and it’s found that your documents don’t all match… but it seems like that would be a very rare scenario.
Post # 4
Thanks! That’s my intuition too, but there’s some conflicting evidence online. Idk if it varies by state?
On my marriage certificate, there’s a section on the bottom that says “new name(s) (if any)” and that section lists a hyphenated last name.
Post # 5
Thank you! That’s what I was hoping to hear!