Post # 1
Well we’ve been married almost 3 years now and I figure its about time to get off my butt and actually change my name. I was finishing school and applying to jobs and figured that it would be too complicated to try to change my name at the same time. Now that everything is sorted out (it has been for way too long now lol), I am ready to go ahead with this tedious procress. Plus I think it would make him really happy to surprise him with this (the fact that I decided to go ahead with the name change) on Valentine’s Day!
I’ve decided on assuming his last name rather than doing the legal name change. I have a list of places to contact about changing my name, but I was curious as to the order in which everyone else began changing their names?
I know that my drivers licence, passport, sin, and health card are the first 4, but does one of those need to be done first?
Do they take your picture again when you go to change your name? I was hoping to dart out today to do it but do not have time to attempt to look nice for photos lol.
And last question: Do they keep your marriage certificate? I only have one original and I am going to make copies but I was told that changing my SIN requires an original marriage certificate and I am worried that once I hand that over, I’ll have to go order more. I live in Ontario if that makes a difference.
Any feedback on any of those questions would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks ladies! 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
I don’t know about Canada, but in the US I had to hand over a certified copy of my marriage licesne, and I didn’t get it back.
Post # 4
I’m not in Canada, so this advice is probably completely invalid, but my process was:
1. apply for new social security card, wait 10 days for it to come in the mail
2. bring social security card and marriage certificate to DMV, get new drivers license (needed to take a new picture), wait two weeks for that to come in the mail
Neither place needed to keep my marriage certificate. I don’t know how it works in Canada, but in some places in the US, there’s a time limit on when you can do the free name change after you get married.
Post # 5
@pinklemonade12: In my state (VA), you do SSN card first. It takes 24 hours to kick in the system and 7 days to get back. Then you do your license. In both places the look at your marriage license, but don’t keep it. Everything else (bank, credit cards, mortgages, passport, health insurace) can be done in any order, but takes time. You will need a new license and new SSN card to do them though.
And I got a new picture– in both VA and PA that is the case
Post # 6
I can’t offer any advice, as I still have to change my name (I was thinking of doing it for our second anniversary, actually), but I have to say this is the sweetest gift/idea ever. :]
Post # 7
@brighteyedgirl: Haha, thanks! I think he will be really happy about it. I teach elementary school and I bring home tons of cute cards from my students but they all have my maiden name written and I think he’d love to see the pictures come home with our name on them instead lol.
Thanks for all of the information Ladies. The Ontario website didn’t mention anything about needing to do my SIN first so im still looking into that.
Would love to hear back from any other bees, especially those from Ontario. Thanks again! 🙂
Post # 8
I’m in Canada and all places that required the valid marriage certificate took a photo copy of it. I think they need your actual one so that THEY can make the copy. But they give it back.
Also, they took my picture for my drivers license. They also had a fee of $10 to change it but since I renewed my license at the same time, they waived that fee.
I haven’t taken my passport picture yet but I plan to change to the 10 year one so they’ll probably take another picture.
Post # 9
@pinklemonade12: I know what you mean about him loving to see it… my DH has been on my back (playfully) about changing my name a lot, lately. After our DD was born (way before we were even engaged), I talked a lot about having the same last name as the 2 of them, but it’s now been almost 1 1/2 years since the wedding and I keep procrastinating about it, lol.