(Closed) When does name change become official?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 16
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

You actually can change your social security info by mail, however, they require original documentation. Probably the biggest hassle is that technically, once it’s changed on your social security card, you shouldn’t use your old passport. Now plenty of people do and get away with it, but it’s worth keeping in mind.

Post # 17
9431 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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kooshball5 :  I was told 2 years after the marriage by a social security employee too. After that they said it would have to be a legal name change through the courts.

Post # 18
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I feel like this is such a pain.  LOL  I’m going through the process…and I say process because my name is legally changed.  My Social Security card is changed, my driver’s license is changed, my passport is changed.  I still have more to go though….

Don’t forget things like your bank, your credit cards, the IRS/tax office, your mortgage, your car insurance, your health insurance….your investments/retirement, etc, etc.  I feel like every day I have a “DOH! I need to change that….” 


Post # 19
832 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Sounds like I had it easy in Chicago!  It took me literally 2 hours to change my name (well, not counting all the stuff like utilities and frequent flier accounts and getting my new passport).  

I went and picked up my marriage certificate 9 days after the wedding, right after our honeymoon.  I went to the DMV first and got my new license, then to the bank to change all those accounts.  Next I went to the SSA.  They mailed me the card a couple weeks later.  No one ever said I had to do one before another – all anyone ever asked to see was the marriage certificate, then I could do what I wanted.  

I was confused about when it actually changed too – I figured once it was on my license, which is an official government ID, it was official!

Post # 20
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

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Lavender28 : Fellow Hoosier here. Wow! I wonder if the process has changed in the last year! I changed my name in late May/early June of 2015, it took 10 days for our marriage license to arrive through the mail, and I was able to go to the DMV the next day after I changed my name at the SS office. They told me to wait at least 24 hours so that the change would be in the system, but I didn’t need my new SS card to get a new drivers license. At the DMV, they gave me a temporary license that I used to change my name on my bank accounts, so it took me about 2 weeks to change my name on everything that needed changing right away – I slowly change my name on my credit cards and other accounts, which I just finished a couple months ago, and I still haven’t gotten a new passport. I’m waiting until I actually need the passport before I change it due to the fees.

Post # 21
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

In my experience in CA I have had to first change my name on my social security card.  I went into the office with the application and it took an hour.  My new social security arrived 1 week later in the mail.  With my new social security card my job could update my payroll.  Next I have to go to the DMV to change my drivers license.  Then I can change my name on my bank accounts.  Then I will consider my name officially changed.  Until I go to the DMV and such I pretty much go by my maiden name.  This process has been such a pain!

Post # 22
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Hi, so just from personal experience — the SSN name change happened legally while I was in the office and they typed it in!  But, I had to do that 24 hrs before going to the DMV to do my driver’s license because they said it would need time to update in all the data bases.

You will probably have to wait a bit for your new SSN card to show up, and I can’t remember how the passport name change thing works, but again — the marriage certificate doesn’t legally change your name.  I traveled on my honeymoon with my maiden name because that’s what it still was legally and what was on my ID/passport.  

So for you, depending on your state and how much time you have, you may want to hold off on any legal name changes if you will need your passport to get to the UK.  


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