(Closed) Name Change Question – Booking a Trip

posted 9 years ago in Names
Post # 3
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Well you cant even begin until after the marriage. Yes your ticket does have to match and I dont beleive they will change the name. If anything you can call the airline and ask what they advise. I dont beleive it will take that long for you to do the process. I think some people have a harder time with the size of the city they live and how much work they are willing to put into it. I for example, when we went to get our license Monday, the clerk said if I wanted to I could bring the license back myself instead of having the officiant mail it and get the certificate that day. Then I will go the SS office to get my new SS card and after that you can go to the BMV. Everything else will fall into place rather quickly. So I will be done that week with the major stuff as I am going the Monday after my wedding!

Post # 4
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did this.  In March I had to book a work trip for a conference in Vegas that’s taking place in October.  I got married in May.  Since I already knew I was changing my name, I made all of the arrangements for the Vegas trip in my new last name instead of my maiden name.  I still have plenty of time to change my name before the October deadline, so I’m working on things slowly. 

Imho, I think two months is not enough time unless you are super prepared.  Our marriage license took an entire month to come in, and then you have to go to at least the ss office and the dmv after that.  You could start the process right as soon as possible by going to the ss office and then just wait to do your license until after your trip. 

Post # 5
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

It only took me a day to change my name on all of the stuff that really mattered (license, ss card).  If you’re going to be needing your credit cards, make sure that they have your name change on them quickly!  I ran into issues with that.  I would book your trip in your married name- two months in pleanty of time to get it changed. 

Post # 6
2143 posts
Buzzing bee

It didn’t take me that long to get my name changed. It was annoying, but wasn’t too bad.

We had our marriage certificate in the mailbox by the time we were home from our honeymoon (week long honeymoon). We got married in Indiana. The officiant handed it in in person, so it went quick.

Next, I started changing all of my credit cards and anything I could do online. It was annoying and took a couple of days because some places I had to email and wait for a response, but it wasn’t difficult. Didn’t need to show proof. The weekend after we got back, I went to the bank and changed my name on my bank account. With Wamu, just had to go in with my certificate and it was wasy.

Social security was next (at least for me). Since I live in a county that has an actual social security office, I had to go in person to get it changed. The line took awhile to get through, but the process was fairly easy, and I got my new card in about a week. It says it can take up to two weeks, and I’m not sure about the mail in process

After I got my SS card, I went to the DMV and got my new ID. I’m in NYC so it took FOREVER. Almost 3 hours, and they don’t print it in person, you have to wait for it in the mail, and I’m not sure how long that takes yet since I just went Friday. 

That said, I think you could probably have your name changed within two months as long as you start right away. It took me probably a total of about 4 weeks, depending when I get my new ID, but if I had gone to social security sooner, it would have been even faster. And this is in NYC. I know back in Indiana they give you your new license/IDs before you walk out the door, so I would guess many other places do that as well. Oh, I also forgot to request a new debit card when I changed my name on my bank account, so still waiting for that as well, but again, that’s just my fault. If you get organized, get a to do list, and make a schedule, you should be able to finish

Post # 7
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

I had a ticket booked in my maiden name which I didn’t realize until after I had my drivers license changed… luckily I hadn’t changed my passport to my new name yet, and so just used that.  You could also travel with your new license and marriage license to show the change.  I still have a couple of credit cards in my old name, some bills, etc.  Honestly it seems like no one even notices or cares!

Post # 8
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Tiramisu has a good point – I’m booking a trip in my maiden name and I’m still in the process of changing my name legally. I didn’t want to put off going to the DMV when I have a chance, but if I do have a new name on my driver license, I’ll just use my passport with my old name, which will match the ticket.

For what it’s worth, I got my marriage certificate in the mail right after returning from my honeymoon but I haven’t been able to take a day to go the SS office yet. As soon as I can get there, I’ll be chaning my name and license thereafter. 

Post # 10
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

I put off changing my name legally for months… until my boss booked a work trip for this coming week with my married last name, not knowing that I hadn’t legally changed it yet!  That gave me the kick in the booty to finally go to SS and the DMV to change my name last week.  My credit cards still say my maiden name (although I sent letters to all of my utility and credit card companies so I’m just waiting for new cards) and if there is any question, I still have my old license (with a hole punched in it so it’s not valid anymore) to prove that I changed my name. I doubt it will be a problem, though.

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