Post # 1
Since we are leaving for our honeymoon the week after the wedding, I will definitely be traveling in my maiden name.
Here’s my dilemma: We are getting married June 18th, and we are leaving for a family cruise August 25th. In order to book the flight, my parents need to know if I will be traveling in my maiden name or my married name. Is 8 weeks enough time to change everything over, or do I need to wait until after the cruise?
I will need a drivers license and a passport (names must match, obviously) to travel.
How long will it take to get my new social security card and drivers license changed? Will a passport name change take an additional 4-6 weeks?
I am sure I’m just being difficult, but I’ve waited 10 years for my new last name. Waiting an extra two months feels like it will kill me! Okay…a bit dramatic…I know.
Someone help me rationalize – please!!
Post # 4
@FutureMrsMc: I don’t know about the passport, but I think you can get a rush done. As for the name, I got our marriage certificate in the mail 8 days after the wedding, went to the SS office the next day, got it changed there and got a new license that afternoon. I got my new SS card about a week later.
Post # 5
You could always start the name changing process before the wedding. My mother was officially Mrs hislastname before the wedding so that all the travel documents would match. I’m not sure how it works where you are.
Post # 6
Changing my social was all of 10 minutes. I went to the office, filled out the application, showed my marriage license and that was it. I got my new card a week later. I still am working on changing my license, but I could have done it that day.
I don’t know how long the passport will take because I don’t have a current one and am not getting one now. My sister had to get hers in a hurry because she went to Japan with her hubby 2 months after their wedding and she had hers in time. Look up your local passport office and call now to ask.
Basically once you have your marriage license, everything else can be changed/applied for in one day if you wanted to. It might take awhile to get everything back, but you should have plenty of time. I would check with the passport agency now to be sure, but I think you would be ok traveling under your married name, especially if you have proof of a legal name change with you when you travel if not everything is changed over by then.
Post # 7
@Everdeen: I considered doing that, but we would have had to get legally married first so that their was proof we were married in order to change my name.
That wouldn’t be a bad option if you really are concerned about it…
Post # 8
@FutureMrsMcK: Did you need to take something from the social security office to the DMV to have your license changed?
Post # 9
@FutureMrsMc: I know I brought my marriage certificate and the receipt letter from the SS office, but I don’t remember needing the latter. You should check out your state’s DMV webpage, they’ll tell you what you need to have.
Post # 10
I googled “passport name change” and this was the first page shown. It should answer your passport questions and if you click to step two it will give you timeline options.
Post # 11
you can get your passpart back in enough time. do a rush! you should be fine.