(Closed) When do you change your last name?

posted 8 years ago in Names
  • poll: When will you bees change your maiden last names?
    Will change your last name before the wedding... : (0 votes)
    Will change your last name after the wedding : (28 votes)
    97 %
    Other I'll explain : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    1363 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    In Maryland, the marriage license MUST have your maiden name, and until the marriage license is filed, the only way to change your name would be with a court order.  

    Post # 5
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    California is different than Maryland – I have to sign with my new last name. I would check your state and see what the requirements are!

    Post # 7
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    i’m sure when you go they’ll be able to tell you how to sign. i didn’t change my name until i got back from the honeymoon and had the marraige license waiting for me in the mail.

    Post # 8
    204 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    And be careful, if you’re going out of the country for your honeymoon, you’ll need your passport to match!

    Post # 9
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    You aren’t going to be able to change your name until after you get married.  The marriage license that has been returned to you will be the proof to change your name.  You will take it to the DMV or SS first, it depends on where you live which one though.

    I was required to have my maiden name on the marriage license and sign my maiden name.  The court where you get the license will put the correct name on it and the officiant will tell you which name to sign so don’t worry.

    Post # 10
    295 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    If you’re doing it in California, you change your name as part of your marriage license application (and if you don’t do it then, it costs much more). It will ask both partners what names they want to use after the marriage, and provided you’re changing to either your partner’s name or a combination of your names, that’s all you need to do. Then you do DMV/SS after that. Different states handle it differently, though. (Also, assuming you’re talking California, most counties have instructions and forms on their websites—ours has a pretty good “frequently asked questions” page on it.)

    Post # 11
    14 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I recently got married and am struggling now with all the paperwork I am dealing with that comes with a name change. I am also hyphenating to myname-hisname. Thankfully, it’s only 3 syllables. Professionally, I felt it was necessary to keep my maiden name, but I am also a traditionalist and felt taking his name was necessary also, hence the hyphen. It’s all a personal choice, but in retrospect, now that I’m dealing with the name change paper work, it’s a REAL PITA! Good luck bees!

    Post # 12
    215 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’m keeping both names but not hyphenating them.  That way I can legally use either or both.  I’ll have to wait until after the wedding to change DL etc.

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