Name change on CA marriage license

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

As long as the name on your passport matches the name on your plane ticket and hotel reservation, you are fine. You would still have to go to SS and the DMV to change your name. I’m assuming you’ll do that after your honeymoon. 

Congrats!

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

Not from California but the marriage license just gives you the ability to change your name when you get around to it (some states require you to do this within 3 or 6 months I think). So your name on your license and social security card and passport wont change until you start the process after you get back from your honeymoon.

Post # 4
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Honey bee

As long as your passport matches your ticket, you are fine. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

CA Bee here. Putting your intent to change your name on the document does not change your name, it just gives you the ability to change your name. If you do not put your intended name change on the marriage license, it will be VERY difficult to actually change your name after marriage and you need to go to court – so be sure you put your new desired name here! Once you get married, your officiant files the license with the county and you get the official marriage license back in 2-3 weeks. Then you take that license to the Social Security office and DMV and to change your passport. So like everyone has said, you are fine – your current drivers license and passport are in your maiden name, and your plane ticket should be in your maiden name as well.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

Actually, filing your completed marriage license with your new name legally changes your name in CA. You then take the recorded marriage certificate to the various agencies to prove that you have changed your name and then they update your records. 

That being said, as long as your passport and ticket match, you are fine as it takes a few weeks for the license to be processed and no one checks those records when you are traveling.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Even if it’s legally changed, it doesn’t matter. Like the others said, your ticket name just has to match your passport name. I just took an international trip on my maiden name passport and my name has been legally changed for 6 months. I plan to keep using it until it expires. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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zl27 :  I’m sorry, but that’s just not true. The marriage license does NOT change your name legally. Changing it at the social security office does. The marriage license just allows you to go to SS to change it.  

Post # 9
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Honey bee

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temeculabride :  Go read up on it a bit further and then we can have this argument. 

Hint: why would you need a court order (from a CA court) if you don’t change it via the marriage license?

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