Post # 1
I have not yet begun to deal with changing my name, but I did look into social security’s rules for doing it. It seems to me that your new name has to be on your marriage certificate in order for them to be able to change it to that new name. Well…my marriage certificate only has my maiden name, and they never said anything about putting my new last name on there.
When you went to social security, what did you have to bring? Did any of you do it by mail? How did you send all that stuff in?
Post # 3
For social security when i changed it before, I just took in the marriage license to prove the marriage and they’ll change it to your married name. I think all I took to social security was my old card, the marriage license and my driver’s license. I did not do it by mail, so I’m not sure how that would work.
Post # 4
I know this thread is super old, but I still don’t understand…after we get married, do we have to file our marriage license before I can take it to the SS office and get my card changed?
Post # 5
In NY the minister or justice of the peace will take your license and fill it out. He/she then sends it to the town/city you filed your license in and then the clerk will mail you your official certificate. I was married 1/7/10 and already received my certificate back from the clerk. When you go to get your license, just ask them what the protocol is and they can tell you the norm.
Post # 6
You do not need to change anything about your marriage certificate. Each state has different rules about what goes on (in MD only your maiden name is listed, in other states you list what your married name will be). The next step is to take a certified copy to the Social Security Office. Once your new SS card arrives, you can got to the DMV, and then use your drivers license for your banks and credit cards.