Post # 1
I just recently noticed a dilemma that I may have… I’m getting married this Saturday. My birthday is the first week in August, and I just realized that my license is up for renewal then. AND, we’re leaving on our honeymoon a few days after my birthday.
My convoluted question is, basically, when I check in at the airport, will they be okay with my license/photo ID if it has been expired for three days? If I renew my license on my birthday, I would change it to my married name, which would then not match my plane ticket. But I don’t even know if I’ll get my marriage certificate in time to change my name with the DMV… so then I’m left with an expired license, and I don’t want airport security to have their feathers all up in a ruffle about that.
Does anyone have any thoughts/suggestions?
Post # 3
Do you have a passport you can use for ID? That would be your best option.
If not, I think you are just going to have to deal with going to the DMV twice. Go once to renew your license with your old name.. and then go again to update to your new name. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news : (
Post # 4
I agree with Moose…I would NOT go to the airport with an expired license or a different name on your ticket. Dealing with the DMV twice is going to be less hassle than getting stopped by the TSA, and cheaper than paying for a ticket change with the airline.
Post # 5
Change your name on all your documents after your Honeymoon. Yeah, it’ll be a PITA to do so, but otherwise you run the risk of not getting on your flight.
Post # 6
They won’t allow you to use an expired ID. I had to leave my Fiance behind on a big trip for this very reason – they do check, and it does matter. I’d either make your reservations in your maiden name, and renew with that, delaying your name change, or i’d still make your reservation in your maiden name, and use your passport as an ID
Post # 7
You don’t want to have an expired license on your trip period. Think about going to a bar and ordering a drink or trying to get in to a 21 and up club. You might have problems with it too if you are trying to pay by credit card in stores. Your best bet is to go get your driver’s license renewed now. They can take a couple of weeks to get the hard copy in the mail. But in the mean time you will have the temporary one.
Also, like Moose said you can use your passport at the airport… if you have one.
Post # 8
This might depend on the state, but I got married on July 3rd and our minister took in our paperwork that Monday (the 5th) and we still have not received our marriage certificate, so I am unable to change my name on my social security card and driver’s license yet. I would definitely renew your driver’s license with your maiden name until you receive the paperwork after the honeymoon!
Post # 9
If you don’t have a passport, I think the safest thing to do is just renew your license with your maiden name. I had to travel shortly after I changed my name (I travel for work so no time was a good time to make the change). I had to show them my old (not expired but with maiden name) license, paper temporary license with married name, and marriage certificate. When I was on my return trip, they also asked for an additional photo ID. Good things I randomly keep my very old college ID in my wallet. I have no idea why it was still in there but thank goodness! So short story is it’s a giant hassle and I think whatever it costs to renew your license an extra time will be work it in peace of mind.
Post # 10
I’m not sure where you are, but in Canada, you can’t change your name until your marriage licence has been received and registered by the government which can take upwards of three weeks. I would renew your licence as per usual since you’re likely going to need to drive within a month of your wedding, and then change your name with the DMV after you get the governmental side done and sorted out. As far as I know changing the name on your licence is free.
Post # 11
Bakerella has a good point. It took my wedding license 2 weeks to get processed with the state. We mailed it off the Monday after the wedding. Then the first step was to get my SSN Card changed which took 3 hours of sitting in line waiting. I did get a paper receipt that I could then take to the DMV to use to change the name. I had to pay $11.00 to do this. It then took 2 weeks to get the new SSN Card and then 45 days to get the new Driver’s License.
Post # 12
You should def renew twice with the DMV. It’s the safest option. Also, I couldn’t change my name until 3 months after my wedding because there were several mix-ups with our marriage license. So, in reality you may have to have your renewed license for a month or two before you can change your name anyway.
Post # 13
I agree with the others. Go now to renew your license. My husband managed to slip by with an expired license but the person at the airport was old and probably couldn’t see well and it was a small airport. I don’t think you should risk it though, unless you had an alternate government issued ID like a passport.