Marriage Certificate Official Name Change?

posted 2 years ago in Legal
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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
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Sugar bee

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futuremrs2020 :  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. 

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