Post # 1
i feel a little bit dumb with this question…my marriage certificate made has my new surname for me "oldlastname-hubbylastname"…<– yes i made the change
Now my question is….oh here it goes…Do I have to change my name with SS/Driver’s License/Passport/basically everywhere, because my marriage certificate has a new surname?
What if I don’t change my name (it’s only hyphenated, so my own last name is still there) on all the government documents…so only my marriage certificate is the new surname
edit* oops, i posted in the dress board…now i can’t seem to change it…sorry!!
Post # 3
Welcome to Weddingbee! Do you want to go by your new last name or are you fine going with your maiden name. If so, there’s no need for you to go around changing your name. Good luck!
Post # 4
i believe that if it is hypenated, it is considered a new last name so you would have to change all your other documents
Post # 5
I agree with msduck. I think you need to bite the bullet and do the paperwork since you are changing your name, even if you’re keeping your maiden name as a part of it.
Post # 6
So, you signed YourName-HisName on the license? Is that what you want to be called? I would guess you’d want all your ID to match the name on your marriage license, that is if that’s what you want to go by. Our county clerk’s office told me to sign my new name on the license, so that way there was an official document in my new name.
In my experience, I had to start at Social Security and then I could take the new SS card and my marriage license to all the other places to make the changes. It was kind of annoying, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.
Post # 7
signed my license with myownname – cuz isn’t technically you can’t use your ‘new name’ until you’ve signed first lol
i’m only regretting hypenating cuz i travel a lot, and been reading that electronics hate hypens…guess i didn’t think it through beforehand, and now it’s too late
i have no preference on which to use btw…just for legal purposes is there any consequences IF i don’t go and change it eventhough my marriage Certificate states the change
Post # 8
I don’t think there would be any consequences. The legally binding document is what the government has you on record by. The marriage certificate says that you can change your name to X after the wedding, not that you have to. I don’t think it obligates you to change your name, even if you indicated you were going to.
No one will be consulting your marriage certificate when you are traveling to see what it says! As long as the name you travel under is the name on your identification, you are good to go.