Post # 1
We are getting married in mid-November and taking a mini-moon for a few days, but Fiance has to be back at work soon after. We are planning on taking a ‘real’ honeymoon in January or February, but we haven’t booked yet.
When we make the travel arrangements for the winter trip, should I make them in my maiden name? I’m afraid that the paperwork won’t have all come through yet by the time we travel and I’ll still have my current passport with my maiden name. Should I just wait until we’re back from the honeymoon to start the name-changing process or is it okay if it’s mid-process as long as my plane tickets and my passport have the same name?
Post # 4
They tell you to wait 12 weeks before you send in the paperwork to get your marriage certificate, and you would need your certificate to change the name on your passport and drivers license. Passports can take 8 weeks (so they say) all in all that could be 5 months (probably less but given it’s the government who knows really :))
I would have everything in your maiden name when you go and do all the changes when you get back. This way there won’t be a hassle when you need to get the plane tickets and your passport. When you come back all nice and rested you can begin to tackle the long process of changing your name.
You can still be called Mrs. His Last name and sign your name like that, you just won’t have legal forms of ID with that name.
Post # 5
I heard from a few friends that just got married that you have to wait 3 months before you can apply to change your name. Seems like such a long time to wait!
Post # 6
We got married on May 19th in Ottawa. I applied late July for two copies of our marriage certificate. For the government to process the application, you need to be married at least 10 weeks.
I checked the status yesterday, and they have it in the mail! Once you have the certificate, I think the process of changing your name with banks, etc, it will be far easier and quicker!