Post # 1
My marriage license is from Canada, not sure if I have to contact them to get a certified copy or if I can some how get one in the US? However, my marriage license does not show any of my new name – only birth name.
The only two documents showing my new name are my SS card and my driver’s license (which of course I used my marriage license at the SS office to change the SS card). Does one get certified copies of these? If so, how do I do it?
So if someone wants to see “certified documents” of my change (like to update my retirement accounts), do they need just my SS card and DL? Not the marriage license (since it has no name change?)
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
So if you have to mail in “certified documents” what are you mailing in? You cannot mail in your DL if that is indeed a certified document already; you need that to drive around! I have to do some of these changes by mail not in person.
I will have to contact the place to see if they need all three (including the marriage license). I hope not, it’s $50 for a copy!
Post # 6
@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
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
@sienna76: just replying so you can see above!
Post # 9
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.
Post # 10
lilsweetie TammieRei country chic
OK to get 3 mailable pieces documents or “certified documents,” I can:
a) make regular copies of DL and SS card
b) go to my bank to get a notarized copy of my Canadian marriage license
I am happy to hear I don’t have to go through the Vital Statistics Agency!
This is from the retirement account lady and I am getting clarification on which ones.
This form, along with the certified documentation, will need to be mailed to us.