(Closed) When do you sign the marriage license?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: When will you be signing the marriage license?
    Before my wedding day, so my passport can have my new last name on it for the honeymoon : (2 votes)
    10 %
    During the wedding ceremony : (14 votes)
    70 %
    After the honeymoon : (4 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Plan your honeymoon in your maiden name because unless it’s a few months after your wedding, you won’t have time to legally chang eyour name on your driver’s license and passport.  As for when you sign the marriage license, it’s usually on your wedding day and merely signing the license does not automatically change your name.  You have to go to the DMV and Social Security offices later after you receive a certified copy of the license from the county where it gets filed.   Most ladies go on their honeymoon with their maiden name and change their name a few weeks or months after they return.

    Post # 4
    220 posts
    Helper bee

    From what I understand you don’t have to change your passport etc. right away. 

    Post # 5
    9115 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    In Cleaveland County, Oklahoma, we were allowed to sign it beforehand. I signed it with my new intended name and my husband signed it. Then we just needed the Justice of the Peace to sign it. After we got married and recorded our marriage license, I took it to Social Security to get my SSN changed to my new name & we needed it for my military ID. It took a few days for both.

    Post # 6
    13290 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Your officiant won’t sign the marriage license before he performs the ceremony.  We signed ours the day after with the officiant, then dropped it off at the courthouse the next business day.

    Post # 7
    1026 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @MrsS_to_be:  You need to contact your local register of deeds and find out how it works in your area.  Here in North Carolina, we had to sign the license at the register of deeds prior to the ceremony, then have the officiant sign at the ceremony and mail in the completed form.  If you sign now and the laws where you live say you have to sign at the ceremony, the license wont be valid. As a PP mentioned you are usually better off setting up any honeymoon plans in your maiden name and dealing with the name change when you get home, unless you are planning to wait several months between the ceremony and honeymoon.  Government offices are horrible for taking longer then expected to process paperwork, losing forms etc, and you don’t want to end up unable to go because of a paperwork problem. 

    Post # 8
    10714 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We signed ours when we filed for the certificate electronically. When we went back to pick it up our names were already signed by us. I never even knew they did that because I’ve always heard of people signing it sometime during the cocktail hour. I was a little confused at first haha.

    Post # 9
    11270 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    you should book and travel (honeymoon) in your maiden name.   your passport will still have your maiden name so you need to have your tickets and passport matching exactly.  if not, they will not allow you to fly.

    i have never heard of anyone changing their passport name until AFTER the wedding where you are legally wed.

    Post # 10
    2389 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    In IL you don’t sign it at all! Only the officiant does. He did it on the wedding day and mailed it in.

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