(Closed) name change timing

posted 7 years ago in Names
Post # 3
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I would probably wait until after the honeymoon, just to make things easier. My SIL hasn’t changed her passport, and they’ve been married for 6 years. She just takes her marraige license with her and she hasn’t had any problems. So you could always do that if you’re itching to change your name asap.

Post # 4
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I wouldn’t change anything until after your honeymoon. It will just make everything simpler. You can definitely go change your name at the ss office a month after the wedding. 

Post # 5
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You can’t travel with a passport with your old name if your name has been changed, I’m in the process right now of doing my name change, and it’s almost 1 month after my wedding. I just went to the SS office yesterday to order my new card. I would suggest waiting until after the honeymoon. I believe I saw on the paper that you have up to two years after the wedding to apply for a name change with the SS office, but don’t quote me on that.

Post # 6
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

DO NOT TRAVEL WITH TWO NAMES!!!!  Wait until after you get back from your honeymoon to do the name change.  Customs officers will not accept paperwork with multiple names.  When you travel you are required to have all your documentation in your legal name.  There is not enough time for you to get a new social, driver’s license and passport between your wedding and honeymoon.

Post # 7
921 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with other poster. Change your name after you get back from the honeymoon. It will make it a lot easier. It would probably take more time than the two weeks to get the paperwork all processed.

Post # 8
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree wait til after honeymoon, ofcourse you can socially take on  your new name before then

Post # 10
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would definitely wait until after the honeymoon. 2 weeks is just NOT enough time to get a passport and all the documentation.

here’s what I had to do (in n. carolina): after wedding day minister mailed signed marriage license w/included check for official copies.  Then a week or 2 later we got the offical copy in the mail (here in NC the ‘application’ and ‘license’ are the same thing).  Then I went to the SSC office to apply for name change.  No less than 3 days later I could go to the DMV.  Then I got my new license in the mail a week or 2 after that.  THEN I could apply for a passport.  The passport took at least 3 weeks to get mailed back to me.

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