(Closed) Marriage License vs Marriage Certificate

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

They are two totally different documents:

The marriage license is what gives you permission to marry

the marriage certificate means that the marriage has taken place and is legally binding.

You can’t change your name using the license, you actually need the certifiate so you should be good.

Post # 4
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2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You need the license before the wedding and then sign it the day of your wedding.

You’ll get the certificate after the wedding. In Canada we had to fill out a form to get it then wait a couple weeks for it to come in the mail and it cost us $35. Once we got that, I started changing my name.

Post # 6
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3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@PaperCrane: It may be able to be used to change your name for some things but I am pretty sure for your social security name change you need the marriage certificate.

Post # 7
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1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

In North Carolina – there is one document for all things – They are all the same!  The document says “Application, License and Certificate of Marriage”.  The words are interchangeable here.

Is is what was filled out at the marriage license office the month before the wedding, the same thing that was signed by our witnesses/officiant and the same thing that was mailed to one once officially signed.

This is how ours worked:
1. we filled out the marriage application online
2. went to the marrige license office downtown (not the court house here)
3. showed our IDs and had the paper work filled out and verified & paid the fee
4. given the printed out document with all the instructions (at the office)
5. (at home) pre stamped/addressed an envelope with a check for 3 copies of the official license for our officiant to mail back the day after the wedding
6. had the document signed by everyone on wedding day
7. day after the wedding officiant sealed the envelope and put it in the mail
8. a few weeks later we got the official copies in the mail

THEN. 
1. I went to the social security office – applied for a name change. – only needed 1 official copy as “reason for name change” – there is no fee.  I got a reciept.
2. waited 3 days and took my receipt to the DMV where I applied for a new Drivers License with my new name.  – again official marriage license as proof of reason for name change.

note: in NC there is no mention of name change on the actual license.  The license is just proof of reason for changing your name. 

Post # 8
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13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it varies from state to state but for IN, you get the marriage license before the wedding and sign it that day.  It gets sent back to the marriage license office, they process it, and then you get a marriage certificate that states that you were officially married.  The marriage certificate is what you need to change your name.  (post-wedding in IN, you can’t even get your marriage license anymore – it is strictly prewedding).

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The certified copy of our marriage certificate was $1 … that’s right, one dollar.  It’s just a printed out copy of the marriage certificate, crimped and signed by an employee.  That is what you need to change your name most everywhere.  Some places are fine with the copy of the license (which is what you originally pay the $25 for), some places want the embossed copy of the court document.

Post # 10
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1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Ella1978 Lucky!! Ours were $30 each!  I got 3 copies but come to find out I could have done with 1. 

Post # 11
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1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Rgeddy: oh my gosh!  $30 each!  That’s insane!!!  Yeah at the county building here it’s a dollar per page on any copy you make.. hence the deal of a price!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Ella1978:hahah, ours were $10 for the first, $4 for each additional, and we had to send them off all over. they said we’d get a free one… in 120 days!

so we paid.

 

hawaii has really strict laws regarding both the license and the certificate.

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