Post # 1
My goal for the next few weeks is to answer a series of questions I had before the wedding. First, can I just add my husbands last name to my name as a second last name with no space? Can I go from First Middle B—- to First Middle B—- G—-?
The answer is yes. I first went to the courthouse and picked up two certified copies of our marriage certificate. Then I headed over to the social security office. After nearly an hour wait they called my number and five minutes later I was out the door with my new name. They said it would be two weeks until I get my new card.
Next, I headed over to the DMV. They weren’t too busy so I was in and out of there in 15 minutes. I had to take a new picture and update my signature. They changed my drivers license number which I had never heard anyone mention before. They also said I should tell my bank and insurance company about the drivers license number change. I also updated my voters registration while I was there. Unfortunately the DMV I went to doesn’t update vehicle titles so I will have to do that another time at another location.
Once I got home, I called my insurance agent and told him my new name and drivers license number. Husband and I have our auto and home insurance through the same company so they merged our policies and we are going to save some money!
That evening, husband and I went to the bank and we deposited our wedding checks with a variety of name combos (Mr. and Mrs. G—-, Groom and Bride G—-, Bride G—-, etc.) into his account with no problem. We still haven’t decided if we are going to open a joint account or if we should just keep our own separate accounts for now.
This is all I’ve done so far, but so far so good! I will update in the comments if I run into any bumps with the two last names situation. I hope this helps someone looking to do the same thing.
Post # 3
Good to know! Yeesh….changing your name sounds like so much work! I don’t think I will be legally changing mine (just socially) but this is good info to know for all of us Cook County girls! woot woot!
Post # 4
Cook County in the house! I don’t think I will change my name. Its been six months and nothing so far but we are getting Xmas cards to the Jones and when we have kids they will have his last name and I will be known as Mrs. Jones to their friends and teachers. Le sigh… No avoiding it!
Thanks for the tip!
Post # 4
How many letters total is your full new name? I want to have to keep my full name, add my husband’s last name for 4 names total. I was told that doesn’t always fit on a drivers license and it causes a bit of trouble. All told the new full name I want is 22 letters.
Wondering if anyone else can share experiences on having 2 last names
Post # 5
KayDeee: I don’t have two last names, just a really long name. Mine is 22 letters (First Middle Last) and fits fine on everything
Post # 6
excitedtobeMRSF: That’s good to know. I will probably use just my husband’s last name socially but wanted to keep it MyLast HisLast (no hyphen) legally.
Passports, flying and medical records will probably be the most confusing. But I plan on keeping them consistent in those cases.
I guess I better get used to saying “NO HYPHEN” a lot 🙂
Post # 7
I know this is a 6 month old thread, but I wanted to bump it up to see if there are any more people who have added his last name as a second last name?
KayDeee: Did you end up going to YourLast HisLast?
This is what I want to do too (we got married in June, just haven’t made up my mind yet!) but together both names would be 18 letters long (mine’s 7, his is 11). I don’t really care about the length, but I’m wondering about logistics issues that I might need to be prepared for – passports, plane tickets, credit cards, ec.
Anybody have experience with this?
Post # 8
jaykwellan: I did this, haven’t really had any issues yet. To be fair I only changed it a few months ago and still have a few things to update. I did have one account screw it up to Hisname, First MyName but that was cleared up with one simple phone call.
One really funny thing did happen…our insurance company sends out free return address lables to customers every year on the holidays. This year they came to “The Myname Family”. So random little things like that are bound to happen, but it’s hardly an issue.