(Closed) Name change logistics…

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: When do you think I should change my name?
    Immediately after the wedding : (2 votes)
    7 %
    After the honeymoon : (4 votes)
    14 %
    After my licensing exam : (21 votes)
    75 %
    Other (please explain) : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    841 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @MechEBee:  Probably after the exam since it’s not actually that long after the wedding. You could start filling out the paperwork so you can submit it right away when you’re ready. This post made me realize that my licensing exam will probably be after my wedding too… hmm not sure what I will be doing in that case. You could start telling people your new last name and change it on facebook and stuff ahead of time haha, that’s what I would do.

    Post # 4
    14661 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    When would you be leaving for your honeymoon?  Most likely you wont be able to get your passport fast enough after the wedding for the honeymoon unless it’s over 4-6 weeks after the wedding. 

    When is the passport good till in 2015, if it’s Jan, you probably won’t be able to travel with it anyways, because many places require it to be valid for 3 months after your scheduled return date.

    For the honeymoon, Ifi t’s going to expire earlier 2015, I’d go ahead and renew it now in your maiden name, and book the honeymoon in your maiden name.  Then change it after the honeymoon.  If you change it within 1 year of a renewal, you do not have to pay any fees to do it again, so no loss there.

    For the exam I’d schedule it in the new name.  Right after the wedding or sometime before the exam, update your SS card, then go get a new licence, and you should be set for that. 

    It doesnt matter if your passport and licence don’t match.  I had and used an updated passport and old licence for over a year.

    ETA: oh, I missed an application process.  Do you have to show any proof of ID before the actual exam? 

    Post # 5
    1639 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m in a similar situation. I got married in September, but have yet to change my name. By the time I’d gotten married I had already turned in my application to take the first licensing exam I need (I have to take 2). The state board already takes forever to process these thing, and I didn’t want to complicate or prolong the process by trying to change my name. We’re also going on our honeymoon in March, so I didn’t want to really deal with trying to change my passport in time.

    I haven’t figured out if I’ll wait until after my second licensing exam (i.e. when I’m licensed) to change it, or to try and get it changed in between the two exams.

    Post # 8
    14661 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Oh wow, hmm, i guess you couldn’t apply with your new name then because that person doesnt actually exist yet for them to background check and stuff.  Sounds like you will have to apply and take the test with your maiden name then find out how to change your licence later after the wedding.  … unless you want to get married on paper now just to have the new name to use. 

    My vote is to just wait until after the exam now… I wouldn’t want some snafu with name change to prevent being able to take the test.

    Post # 9
    1979 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @MechEBee:  If it is similar to the state bar it lawyers, then there is no way you can change it before your exam- you will have to wait until after the exam for sure. Not with all the background checks and everything. For my bar exam, we had to have a govt issued photo id and it all had to match up. You may not get a new DL in time (a temporary isnt good enough). Thats the last thing you want to have to worry about! And when you do, I’ve heard it’s the biggest pain and more difficult than the rest of your name changes combined (At least it is for our state bar). I know a lot of attorneys who do not change their name for that reason. 

    Post # 11
    4192 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I would call the licensing office. I’m a real estate agent, and am licensed through the State. Cost me $25 for a new change- this info might be on their web site.

    Is this the right one for you?


    Sounds like it might be easiest to wait after the exam to do everything.

    Post # 12
    1979 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @MechEBee:  = Mechanical Engineering bee?! 😉 Love it! I’m sure there is a process- I hope it is easier for you than it is here. And good luck on your upcoming test!

    Post # 13
    2488 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I waited for quite a while after cause my license was about to expire and I didn’ t want to have to buy two in 6 months. It made it a problem even longer cause that semester of school I had to  be my maiden name cause it was the middle of that. SO I get where you are coming from.

    If you have to PAY to change something- like your License, I would try to avoid that- usually paper work isn’t to bad if you plan ahead and have all your info. But I would wait till after the honeymoon no need to go through passport hastle.

    Post # 14
    3281 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I would definitely wait until after your exam. We still haven’t even gotten our marriage certificate yet, so I can’t even start changing my name, now almost two weeks after the wedding! So you might be forced to wait anyway.

    Post # 15
    3718 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @MechEBee:  I got married in July 2013 after a year long PR nightmare at work where my name became heavily associated with my project and changing my name at work would be a huge problem– I needed to keep my maiden name email address.


    I changed my SSN 2 months after my wedding the day before I was putting an offer on my house. I switched my license maybe 6 weeks later when I had a day off. It was about 4 months after my wedding that I changed my name for HR and payroll purposes.I changed my credit cards and bank accounts 6 weeks after that and am waiting for my passport to expire to change my name on that.  It’ll be like 10 months and 3 international trips before then.


    Whenever I have to present my credentials I do what is called an AKA statement. It has never been a problem for anyone. I would change it legally as soon as possible and then change other pieces as it becomes easy to do. 

    ETA:  In my office for our background checks, all of the married women work in an AKA  statment. So the investagators ask “do you know Mary Smith, AKA Mary Jones or do you know Mary Smith Jones”. Having our maiden as our middle has really helped. There are 3 of us and we all only go by our maiden professionally and married for tax purposes. All of our background checks went fine. The only people at work who know we changed our names are the HR officer and my boss (it is on official records she sees)

    Post # 16
    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Change it after your honeymoon (it’s easier to travel under your maiden name if you leave within a few days/weeks of your wedding than to try to rush the paperwork).  Depending on what license you’re going for, look into the post-licensing name change rules. I’m an attorney in 2 states, and changing my name on my licenses was super simple, just a matter of mailing a form and a copy of our marriage certificate to the appropriate offices.  Professional licensing bodies deal with name changes all the time, that part of changing your name is really not hard enough to warrant jumping through other hoops about it. 

    I got married in October, but I didn’t do my formal name change til I think December or January.

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