(Closed) What exactly are "certified docuements?"

posted 5 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Your marriage licence is supposed to show you maiden name, most companies need to see a certified copy for proof of marriage as that is what entitles you to use your spouses name.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

A certified copy is not the same as a notorized copy.

If your marriage license is from Canada, you have to contact Canada to get the certified copy, which is filed whereever you got married a few days after the marriage ceremony.  The marriage licenses always show your maiden name.

Your social security card and your driver’s license are already certified copies.

When I had to show certified copies, I had to show my drivers license, SSN card AND my marriage license because it shows my husband’s name which is obviously the last name I took.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sienna76:  You just make a copy of your DL and social security card and mail that in.  That’s what I had to do when I was put on my husband’s health insurance.

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

you do NOT have to contact Canada for a certified copy. if you contact the BC vital statistics agency they will send you Original certificates, for times when you lose the first original. a certified copy is a photocopy of the original that has a stamp on it saying something to the effect of “i certify thay thisphotocopy conforms to the original that has not be altered or damaged in any way.” you should be able to get a notary or a lawyer, or possibly a govenment office to so this for you. your marriage cert is not a legal name change document, you are just assuming your husband’s last  name. if you were doing a legal name change, technically your last name would change on your birth cert!

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sienna76:  just replying so you can see above!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I am from BC. In Canada the marriage certificates are really different from the Dept of Health ones from the USA.

What TammieRei said is correct. However, you don’t have to pay most times to get a notarized copy. Go to your bank – mine- Bank of AMerica – has a notary who will do it for free if you have an account there.

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