(Closed) Marriage License

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

This depends on where you live.  In Colorado, I had to get it within 10 days of getting married and it did not change my name.  I don’t think any marriage license officially changes your name, you still need to go to social security to do that.

I would look for your county clerk’s website so you can find out the specifics in the county where you are getting married.

Post # 4
Member
1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Every location is different. Check the laws of your city and state to see the procedure. Usually both the bride and groom have to go to the courthouse and file a form a certain number of days before the wedding. Then, after the marriage, you give the license back to the courthouse. They can give you a certified copy of the completed marriage license that you can use for name change

Post # 5
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1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

In some places like California, the license does provide the option to change your name at the same time. I would check with the court’s website in the county in which you intend to get married. They should have a list of FAQ’s and things you will need to know/have for the license. It looks like you are in NJ, so go here and here if that is the case. If not, you should be able to find something similar for your particular location. You can call the clerk’s office and they will be able to give you some good information as well. Good luck!

Post # 7
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1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Miltie:  Sure, I also want to clarify that even in states like CA where you fill out the license with your new desired name, you still have to go through the SS office and DMV to officially make the change, etc.

Post # 8
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3374 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I got mine up to 60 days before my wedding.

My state did not allow for a name change on the actual marriage license so it’s been HARD to change my name on other documents. They ask for the marriage license and are upset that it only shows my maiden name… So now I have to send in the document that documents my name change which is my SS card. 

Post # 9
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20 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It really does depend on your state – I know my county in TX, you can only get your marriage license within 72 hours of your actual wedding day, and then you only have 30 days from that date to get married. 

(But you can get around the 72 hour waiting period, if you take a free 8 hour pre-marital counseling that is sponsored by the state, which waives $60 of the $71 fee. Wink)

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