Post # 1
I am getting married on September 26th and we are tentatively planning a honeymoon for the very end of December. My current passport just expired so I need to renew/get a new one anyway, but I am wondering if it makes sense to change my name as quickly as possible after the wedding and then apply right away for the new one, if I should wait altogether on the name change until after the honeymoon, or if I should renew my passport ahead of time with my maiden name and change it on everything else. (I’m a teacher and will have been going by my married name since before the wedding, so I don’t like the idea of waiting so long to officially change it, not that it would be the end of the world!) I think all of our booking will be done in my fiance’s name, apart from my plane ticket. I have not traveled recently enough to remember if I need both a passport and driver’s license or, if I do, if it is a problem that my last name would be different on each. I’ve searched for this elsewhere and am having a hard time finding a straightforward or recent answer, so just looking for advice from those of you who may have done this recently!
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Post # 2
I am not an expert by any means but I think you just need a passport. So if you travel with your passport under your maiden name and make your reservations under your maiden, I think even if your license has your married you will be alright. I would probably contact the transporation authority or a legal office to check 🙂
Post # 3
I didn’t need a passport change, but I remember when I did have one I had my expedited it was sooner than two months. When I did get married, I was married on a Tuesday, went in on a Thursday to the SSN office to change my name legally, got the SSN card the next Tuesday, went in on a Friday (of the same week that I got my SSN card) and got my new license. Which meant that by then I was legally Mrs. Pink.
Post # 4
I’m in a similar situation. I’m getting married at the end of October, and planning our honeymoon for right around Christmas. I plan on getting my passport sometime at the end of the summer with my maiden name, and waiting to change everything else until we get back from our honeymoon. If you change your name within one year of marrying, you can update your passport for free.
Keep in mind that it may take some time for your marriage license to be processed (or so I’ve heard). If it takes your officiant a week (I’ve even heard 2 or 3?!) to submit your license and you’re crunched for time, you may not be able to use your new name for a passport anyway.
Post # 5
I had a similar experience to PP. I went to the social security office two Thursdays ago, went to the DMV last Monday (with the receipt saying I was changing my name with the SSA) and received my SSN card last week already. I’m waiting on my license but legally I’m already under DH’s name. So that doesn’t take long…the passport takes awhile though. If it wasn’t already expired I would say to just make the reservations in your maiden name and keep the passport in your name, but since you’re renewing anyway that doesn’t make sense. I would expedite it to make sure I got it in time.
Post # 6
I agree with PPs. Also, if you have ordered a new passport within the past year, when you have a name change due to marriage you can fill out a certain form and mail it in with their passport. They’ll replace it for FREE with the new name. When I did that it took about 3 weeks to get the new one from the time I mailed it. There was an expedited option that had a small fee as well. All you need for the form/passport name change is a certified copy of your marriage license. (All this pertains to the US – I don’t know about other places.)
Post # 7
Here’s a general idea of the steps and the length if it helps:
your first step would be the social security office with your marriage certificate. A new social security card takes up to ten days, so id say around oct 10 to be on the safe side. Then you head to the DMV and that’s super dependent on your state. In idaho, it takes about a week at the most. So if your state took two weeks (im sure you could call and check) that would put you at about oct 25.
at that point, you can send in your passport application (I feel like the post office is fastest!) and that should leave you with 8 weeks, which will be comfortable considering 6 weeks is what they say to allow up to. i applied for mine last november and it took three weeks, and my friend had hers expided and it was a week and a half.
I think if you call your dmv and their turnaround time for getting your new license to you is under two weeks, I say go for it! Worst case scenario, you end up having to pay extra to expedite your passport. if you do it this way, I’d make the airline reservations using my future last name so it matches up.
Post # 8
also, since it is expired i don’t think you can fill out just a name change form. You could renew it in your current name, then just fill out the form when you come back from your honeymoon and get it changed for free. Whatever you do, to avoid any hiccups, I would just make sure all reservations and documentation are in the same name.
Post # 9
Thank you for all the input! I am wondering if perhaps I should apply for the new passport now to make sure I have had it for at least 6 months by the time we travel, and then apply for the name change on it at the same time I do all of my other name-changing tasks shortly after the wedding, because it sounds like that doesn’t take very long and as free. Sometimes it just takes talking/thinking through it with some help to make sense of everything! 🙂
Post # 10
A new passport will take you up to 8 weeks but a renewal will be about 2 weeks. FI and I just went through passports for an international trip. He just needed a renewal which took about a little over a week (during the holidays) and mine was new…it took 7 weeks. We did this through the post office.
Post # 11
If you are travelling within your own country for your honeymoon, you can travel with just a drivers license. If you are travelling to a different country for your honeymoon, you will need a passport.
For me, it took 8 weeks to get our marriage certificate back. Then, I had to use it to change my name on my drivers license and SIN so that I had proof of my new married name to submit with my passport application. That took another 6 weeks.
The first time I submitted my passport application, it was rejected. It was approved the second time. That took about 10 weeks (for the two submissions, corrections, mailing, and processing).