So confused with license vs certificate and changing my name

posted 1 year ago in Married Life
Post # 2
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2892 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

cjoy12 :  The marriage license is what you get prior to getting married, that your witnesses and officant sign off on. Once it’s sent in, the marriage certificate is created. I’m not sure how long it takes as I haven’t needed mine yet, but you need to order them from the court. Or, I know in my state you can just go to the courthouse and get copies. And someone correct me if I’m wrong, but when I was planning on changing my name I did a ton of googling and this is what I came up with regarding license/certificate.

Post # 3
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2473 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

A marriage certificate is one thing there aren’t multiple documents. They’re usually issued within 2 weeks after you turn it in after being officiated. Keep in mind the certificate is not your legal name change. It gives you permission to change your name. the process is get your marriage license, go to social security and bring it with you along with your ID and social security card and they will change your name there and give you a temp to take to DMV. Then at DMV you need marriage certificate, ID, and remp social to prove your name change. They will give you a new temp ID and once you have all official documents your name is officially changed. 

Post # 4
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2528 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

cjoy12 :  If you got married on 10/20 I would assume your marriage certificate is ready by now. I had to go pick mine up from the courthouse. It took about a week after we got married. 

Either way, you should be able to add your husband on to your insurance without it, at least for now. Typically most companies will give you a window to verify your dependents. I would confirm with them and explain that you’re waiting on your marriage documentation and need to get him onto your insurance. 

Post # 6
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9511 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would just call the courthouse and see if you can pick it up.

Post # 7
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2528 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

cjoy12 :  Getting married is also a qualifying life event unrelated to open enrollment. Depending on your company you can have 30-60 days after the event (in your case 10/20) to enroll your spouse onto coverage. Talk to HR and call the courthouse. 

Post # 8
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47 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2018

You just need a copy of the certificate. As the previous poster said, marriage qualifies for a “life event” so it doesn’t matter if the change takes place during open enrollment. I married in the summer and changed mine with a couple forms and my marriage certificate. As far as changing everything else, there are rules that vary from state to state. I would start with the social security office and the DMV.

Post # 9
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2473 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

beevincent18 :  yep this is correct. It was the same at my job.  

Post # 10
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47203 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Every jurisdiction has its own procedures.Answering your question accurately, without knowing where you were married is impossible. It is the certificate you need, but some places send you a copy automatically after the wedding. Some places make you apply for a copy. Where were you married?

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