Passport with Maiden Name for Honeymoon

posted 3 months ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

You will be fine since everything matches. 

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

missm0392 :  I’m not sure what exactly “changing my last name at the marriage ceremony” means. The main entities that you need to change your name with are the Social Security Administration and your state’s DMV/Secretary of State. Those are what make it possible for you to change it with everyone else. Those both take time though. I’m not sure how anyone at the airport would know anything about your marriage or plans to change your name if all of your documents are in your maiden name. If you booked the tickets in your married name and your license or passport were still in your maiden name, that would be a problem. Or vice versa — if you booked tickets under your maiden name and then updated your license and passport. But if your tickets, your passport, and your license are all in the same name, there’s no problem.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

You name change is not official until you have changed it with the Social Security Administration.  So unless you’re getting married at a federal Social Security office and getting it taken care of while you’re there, your signing a new last name on your marriage license/certificate doesn’t mean much as far as the federal government is concerned.  So as far as the federal government and the airlines are concerned, your legal name is your maiden name at the time you are traveling on your honeymoon unless you’re heading to Social Security on July 1st.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Your name is legally your maiden name. A marriage certificate just allows you to change your name at a time of your choosing in the future. It doesn’t change it.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Exactly what PP’s have stated. Your name doesn’t change until you go to the Social Security office and change it. While you can start signing with your new married name, when it comes to identification documents you have to formally change it. Your driver’s license for instance has to reflect exactly what is on your Social Security card, so you have to go through the process to even change that. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

You’ll be good! Technically, you could put any name you want on a marriage license and never change it. There’s no way to hunt you down. In fact, in many (most?) states, marriage licenses just have maiden/bachelor names on them, with no spot for “intended” name anywhere on it. 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

missm0392 :  Ah, ok — now I understand. I don’t believe signing the certificate makes it official, or at least not in the states I know about. So you should be fine. Then when you get home, you’ll be able to change everything at your leisure without worrying. Congrats!!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Doing my passport name change now and it’s a PITA, you were smart to book your honeymoon right after the wedding and before your official name change with social security. If you are traveling internationally with a new passport or reissued one, you would have needed to wait 6mo to use it I believe (anyone correct me if I’m wrong though). 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

In the UK you sign your marriage certificate with your maiden name. There is nothing about the ceremony that indicates whether you’re planning to change your name or not. I think that’s the norm. You should check that!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I am seeing a lot of misinformation here re US name changes. Social Security only recognizes the name you officially changed at the state court level (either through a marriage certificate or court order, depending on your state’s laws and the circumstances of your name change). Same with the DMV and Department of State (passport). 

That being said, none of this affects the OP as the name on her passport and ticket match.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

SabL22 :  some countries require you to have six months left before expiration in order to enter their country. But I have never heard of not being able to travel with a new passport.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

SabL22 :  I’ve never heard this 6 month thing…what? 

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