(Closed) Name Changing Question

posted 9 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
13 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

@jboltz19:  I changed my name too, but I’m pretty sure I signed my maiden name on my marriage license, because my name didn’t legally change until the ceremony. You’re fine as long as your marriage license reflected your name change in the printed part (and your signature has nothing to do with that). I didn’t sign the marriage license after the ceremony, only the witnesses and officiant did.

Post # 4
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Not at all true – I signed my maiden name and have since changed my name to my husbands. I think you’re supposed to sign your maiden name on the marriage cert!!

Either way – not an issue whichever way you signed, even if you signed it Mickey Mouse LOL.

I never signed anything until the honeymoon and just had my documents/cards etc changed once our official marriage cert came in the mail. Never had any issues!

Congrats on becoming newlyweds!!!!  

Post # 5
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It depends on where you get married I think.  I put my maiden name on the marriage license.  The officiant should have told you what to write, if your maiden name was on it, then sign the maiden name on it.


Post # 6
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@jboltz19:  I haven’t changed my name yet, but if you hadn’t changed your name when you got your marriage license then I believe you were right to sign your maiden name… it was your correct name at the time… I don’t think changing your name has anything to do with a marriage license, because in theory you could go to whatever office you change your name at (here I believe it’s the courthouse) and change it to whatever you want regardless of if your married or not… Please, someone correct me if I’m wrong?

Post # 8
1277 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I signed my maiden name on the marriage license too!

Post # 9
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

They are incorrect. You’re supposed to sign your maiden name! One main example of why this is correct is any time I try to change my name other places, (student loans, bank, drivers license) they always need a copy of my marriage license. The reasoning is to show my maiden name on the license, and to see that we are in fact married.

Otherwise, adversely, how would you prove your maiden name once you get rid of your old licenses/identifications? I have nothing with my maiden name any longer besides my marriage license.

Post # 10
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Does it matter what you signed? My signature is a loopy and “messy” and I doubt they can pick out my maiden last name in it…

Post # 11
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I wonder if it differs where you were married? I was married in Hawaii and they had me sign the marriage license with my married name, because once the officiant and and witnesses signed it that paper became our marriage certificate. I was told that once I signed the license my name change was legal.

Post # 12
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Our license has both maiden & married names on it but specifically says to sign your license with your name before the marriage. So yeah… your coworkers are either a) unmarried b) not women or c) got married so long ago they forgot how it worked!

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