(Closed) Yet Another Name Change Question..Sorry!

posted 9 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Unfortunately, it’s pretty difficult to change your name without a marriage license.  In Washington at least, you need to have a certified copy of your marriage certificate, which is only available about a week after you’re officient has submitted it to the registrar, in order to get your drivers license or any other official document.  My bank wouldn’t change my name without my marriage certificate either, even though I had my license.  My credit cards were a piece of cake- it was done over the phone, but what good are your credit cards without the matching ID?  There are some things you can do before hand though… print out everything that you’ll need to change it officially, and fill them out and put them in a "Name Change" folder.  That way, as SOON as you can, you’ll be able to pop down to the DMV or where ever you need to go and get it done! 

Post # 4
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410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It would be easier to just wait.  You have waited this long, whats a couple more months.  I know it sucks, but it will be a lot less dificult after the wedding.  I know in Missouri if you have your marriage liscense or divorce papers then that is all you need to change it legally.  But if you want to change it withouth one of those documents then you have to petition the court for a court document allowing you to change your name.  So you would probably have to take care of court costs for a piece of paper. 

 

Post # 5
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2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Make sure you have the originals of your current social security card and a current driver’s license or picture ID. You can’t get your name changed without them either!

Post # 7
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53 posts
Worker bee

Have your marriage certificate in hand.  Most places want to see the original, not a copy.  You should probably change your driver license first since most places will want to see an ID.  The Social Security Administration should be second on your list, since neglecting that one can lead to a lot of confusion. From there contact your banks, financial institutions, insurance companies and creditors.

 

Don’t forget to change your beneficiary information while your are changing your name. 

Post # 8
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2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Actually many if not most DMVs won’t change your license without seeing a changed Social Security card first. So the first stop is usually the SSA. Go online to your state’s DMV website to see what their requirements say.

Post # 9
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445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

Bear, even though you’re getting your license in a few weeks, I believe it has to actually be signed and filed with the state by the officiant before it becomes valid. So, for example, in the state of Pennsylvania, we could go get our marriage license up to 60 days prior to our marriage, but it wasn’t valid until our officiant signed and filed it with the state (which he had to do within 10 days of the actual wedding date).

I hope that helps, and enjoy your new name! 

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