(Closed) Renewing my License shouldn’t be this hard!

posted 8 years ago in Michigan – Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and Kalamazoo
Post # 3
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6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it is just a Sh***y situation!

I think you should renew your license and then pay to change your name after you are married. It is illegal any other way. 

Think of it this way – you did not plan your wedding around you license renewal. So if you license renewal or wedding occurred any other time of the year you would have to go through the same process.

Sorry!

Post # 4
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7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

yep, stinks, but MrsMartin hit it on the head. :/

Post # 5
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828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Maybe the Secretary was rude because it’s not his job to handle license problems? Does your state have a Department of Motor Vehicles office? They would probably be more help.

Post # 6
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree that the Department of Motor Vehicles would probably be the more appropriate place to contact.  I would definitely get your license renewed on time – you certainly don’t want the stress of getting pulled over or something right before your wedding with an expired license!

Post # 7
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hey we have the same wedding date :).

But it looks like you’re stuck here. Its best to renew your licence with your current name & then pay later to change it. Otherwise, if you drive with an expired license & get pulled over, that’s a ticket & you may even get your license revoked/suspended. Not trying to scare you! If you’re not planning on driving that week than maybe find out which would be less, to get a new license or to pay the late fees.

Post # 8
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Also I think you have to receive your marriage license before you can change your driver’s license.  And I’m not sure if you have to change your social security card before your driver’s license.  Either way, keep in mind that it might take a bit of time to get that all done.

Post # 9
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Also, you don’t have to get your new name license right away. I have a friend who waited months to get it done because the name changing thing was so complicated!

Post # 10
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t know about the venue for sure, but ours knew that my husband and I were over 21 so we didn’t have to have our IDs there to be carded if we wanted to drink.  It is possible that it might take a few weeks or more to get your marriage license back so it might be a while that you won’t be able to legally drive.

Post # 11
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145 posts
Blushing bee

Just so everyone knows, original poster was correct to call the Secretary of State. Michigan is weird and has no DMV. I know i was confused for years when tv shows talked about the DMV and I had never even seen one before. 

Kare, I agree with everyone else that you should probably just renew your license then pay the fee after to change your name.  Definitely less risky when driving that way. Good luck!

Post # 13
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@roxymarie – Wow!  I had no idea that some states don’t have a DMV!  That makes more sense now though.  I had never heard of calling the Secretary of State for something like that before!

Post # 16
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145 posts
Blushing bee

@Eva- I don’t blame you guys for saying that. I was a little thrown off at first when I saw you guys saying not to call the Secretary of State until I remembered that we’re the weird ones, not you guys!

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