(Closed) Name change in FL

posted 10 years ago in Names
Post # 3
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

I’m in FL and I started at the Social Security office. I changed my name to Firstname Maidenname HisLastName, no questions asked. You just need identification (license or passport) and your marriage license. You can find the form online and fill it out ahead of time. It only took me about 10 minutes.

Just know that you cannot walk out of the SS office with a new card- it takes about 2 weeks for them to mail it to you.

I’ve heard that if you keep two middle names (First middle Maiden HisLast), then your drivers license will have your middle name initial and your maiden name initial as your “middle” name because they won’t put all four on a FL license. I’m not 100% sure this is the case, but that is what I heard. I wanted my maiden name to be visible, and I didn’t want my middle name to show up as two initials on my license, which is why i changed it the way I did. 


Do you have any specific questions that you are curious about?

Post # 4
25 posts

I’ll start off with saying congratulations! 

If I’m remembering correctly you’ll just need your marriage certificate to prove you are married.  Take that to the DMV and social security office so they can change your name.  You might need your birth certificate or passport as proof of your maiden name.

Here is the SSN page http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10513.html

Here is the DMV page http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/namechange.html

Those are the two main things I can think of. With those all of the minor one should fall into place.

Post # 5
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

Just fyi, the new guidelines state that a birth certificate is not enough for proof of identity. I didn’t know this until I was at the SS office, but they had signs up everywhere. You have to have a passport or drivers license with your maiden name.

Post # 6
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

No experience with name changes in Florida, but I do know that my husband has four names (all given at birth) and I *think* they are all on his Florida license in full. Can’t confirm that right now as he’s at work, but that’s what my memory is telling me.

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