Post # 1
Soooo…some co-workers of mine today were asking about me changing my name. They asked if it was weird to sign the new last name to which I replied that I did not sign it until the honeymoon. They then told me that I should have signed my new name on my marriage license not my maiden name.
Now they tell me since I signed my maiden name I cant change my name with my marriage license…WTF?
Anyone have any experience here?
Post # 3
@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
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
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
@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 # 7
Ok you all confirmed what I thought…how could I sign a nam that I legally haven’t changed to yet? right? It would be a worthless document that a fake person signed.
I dont have my married name anywhere on the certificate, at the top it just says “bride name” and then at the bottom was where I signed. I am hoping I am ok. But on the other hand, my co-worker who said his wife signed their marriage license with her new name makes me think theirs may not be valid? 🙂 Would be fun if the table was turned right? 🙂
Post # 8
I signed my maiden name on the marriage license too!
Post # 9
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
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
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
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!