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Whether you have decided to change your name in order to match your new spouse's and kids' names or because you like the new name better, there are still some situations in which you may be required to continue using your maiden name. A name change is final in certain situations—if you get your name changed on your passport, for example, you will not typically need to explain what your maiden name is—but it may still come up in other situations.

There are a few specific situations in which you may continue to use your maiden name. Here are some of them:

1. In professional contexts, particularly specialized professions

If you have spent the last decade building up a professional identity and reputation, you will not want to quickly cast that off! Some people change their legal name, but continue to use their maiden name after marriage. This can be tricky when people make out checks to you, for instance, but you often just need to talk to your bank and establish that checks may be deposited in your maiden name. You also may be able to obtain authorization to do business as your new name without changing documents—this is called a “doing business as” approval, or DBA.

Licensing and legal documents may reflect your new name, but some people get around this by adding a last name: for instance, if your maiden name was Lesley Hastings, you could adopt the last name Smith by becoming Lesley Hastings Smith. This means you can often change legal documents but keep letterhead the same. In any case, there are many ways to get around the differences between legal name and the name your professional contacts know you by.

2. When you aren't ready for the name change in social situations

Many people aren't quite ready to change their name—after all, you have had the same name for your whole life until now! Yet, you want to have an easier time with insurance or paperwork, or want to conform to tradition and adopt your spouse's name. You don't have to go by your legal name in every situation. If you're meeting new people who don't know your spouse and refer to you by your maiden name, you don't necessarily need to correct them.

Meeting with old friends is another situation in which most people will continue to use their maiden name. Friends can have trouble adjusting to the new name if they have known you under one name for a long time! Since most of these situations are purely social, there are no legal ramifications. You may also revert to using your maiden name at any time if you just prefer it!

3. When you are legally obliged to disclose your maiden name

In many types of security and background paperwork, you are required to give any previous names you have gone under so that they can do a more thorough background check. This may include your passport, background checks for jobs or volunteer positions, or credit checks. In these kinds of situations, you are usually legally obligated to provide your maiden name.

How do you know if this is a requirement? Check the form—if there is a space for you to list other names you have gone under, there is usually a prompt that says “such as maiden names” in the instructions. It's usually better to be safe than sorry unless you're truly trying to escape your maiden name, in which case you can ask whoever you would submit the paperwork to whether it is a requirement to list your maiden name.

4. If you haven't yet updated all your paperwork

When you get your name changed, there are many steps to take in order to get every name updated! Your name is on everything from your credit card to your bank account, so you may not have updated all of your paperwork yet. Keep careful track of who you have gotten a name change approval from so far, so that you'll never be at a loss as to which name to supply.

Before you get official approval to use your new name, you can introduce yourself or identify yourself with your maiden name, then let them know that you are in the process of changing your name. This is often enough to satisfy requirements at places such as banks, as they understand that the name change process can be a hassle. It can certainly be more annoying when it comes to passports, since government officials tend to be more strict about names.

5. While deciding whether to go through with a name change

Some people just aren't sure whether they're ready for a name change. You might decide to change your legal name on some documents while deciding whether you truly want to change your name. You might even be on board with the name change until you actually start signing documents and introducing yourself with a new name entirely.

You aren't alone if you decide that you aren't sure if you want to go through with a name change yet, if at all. You can often change your name back to your maiden name or simply start to use the maiden name again whenever you choose to do so. If you don't want to go through the hassle of changing back the name again, you can sometimes add the new name as an alternate name to various accounts and with important agencies.

Changing your name is no small matter, and even when you change your maiden name to a new one, no rule says you need to use it in every situation or introduce yourself with it all the time! Many newly-married couples avoid the name change decision, so relax: you have time to choose where you want to use which names. You can continue to use your maiden name until you have decided whether to use it or your married name in each situation… and you may never really change your name when you're chatting with old friends!

1,022 Comments

  1. RUTH

    Hello

    I have to renew my Alien card is under my maiden name I am married 31 years and my Alien card and passport still under my maiden name, as per law we have to renew the Alien card, I do not want to change my maiden name but my SS I and driver license is under my married name I changed in order to file the taxes as couple married. Can I keep my maiden name in my renewal Alien Card ?
    Please advice

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    • Valera

      Hi Ruth. If you've legally changed your name, they'll want to be notified about this upon renewal. The application will ask this. You contact an agent to inquire if you can maintain the use of your maiden name, but it's unlikely to be approved.

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  2. Vicky

    I first hyphenated my name after marriage, then due to it being cumbersome, changed to just my husband's surname dropping my maiden one. I changed all legal documents over the decades to reflect that. After being widowed, is it possible to go back to my maiden name without a court order? Would I have to change all records (house deed, passport, social security etc. etc.) to reflect that change? And would that require a legal order? Or could some things remain in my married name and I could just use my maiden name for social purposes without getting into trouble?

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    • Valera

      After being widowed, is it possible to go back to my maiden name without a court order?

      No, you would have to go the court order route.

      Would I have to change all records (house deed, passport, social security etc. etc.) to reflect that change?

      Yes.

      And would that require a legal order?

      The granted court order document would be the "legal order" allowing you to make such changes.

      Or could some things remain in my married name and I could just use my maiden name for social purposes without getting into trouble?

      Yes, that is an option.

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  3. Nataly

    Hello, Valera.
    I got married in 2005, have changed my last name to a married name.
    I divorced in 10 months. The Divorce Certificate says, I have to keep my married name.
    But after 2 years I changed my driver's license on my maiden name ( because I applied for a Green Card with my Current Foreign Passport, that are on my maiden name; USCIS gave me a proof to get a driver's license) , and still use it now.
    In 2010 I have married again, but have left my maiden name.
    I tried to change my SSN card ( which has a married name), and provided a green card, but they want a legal name change document.

    How can I start a process to change a SSN?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Nataly. Are you trying to change your name with the SSN to your maiden name or to a new married name.

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        • Valera

          Hi Nataly. Since 1) your divorce decree did not have an instruction to restore your maiden name, and 2) your last name with SSA records is still based on your prior marriage, you'll have to petition the court to restore your maiden name.

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  4. Ildiko

    Hi I just got married in the states and I am appling for my visa as my husband lives there however I live in Hungary.Can I use my current passport with my maiden name to get my visa as the process is so complicated and I have to register my marrige in Hungary first before I can change my name and it takes months however I have to apply for my visa to the U.S. now.Can I use my maiden name to get the visa or do I have to change my surname before I can do anything?thanks

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    • Valera

      Hi Ildiko. You can get in touch with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate for guidance with this.

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  5. Felicia Richardson

    My license show my married name, and my ss card shows my maiden-married name. Do i have to change my license with maiden name hyphyphenated married name?

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    • Valera

      Do i have to change my license with maiden name hyphyphenated married name?

      Yes, they should match.

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  6. Chris Ann

    I am getting married in June and am wondering if I can have 2 last names without hyphenating, so that my name would be First Middle Maiden Married. And if I do that, am I able to sign legal documents using either last name? Or does it have to be both? In other words, if I have 2 last names, do I have to legally change any documents other than my DL and my SSN? I was also told that there are sometimes passport issues if you have 2 last names, so would I have to change that as well? I'm in Texas.

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    • Valera

      2 last names without hyphenating

      Possibly. You can contact your county clerk office for verification.

      am I able to sign legal documents using either last name?

      You'll have to sign your full name.

      do I have to legally change any documents other than my DL and my SSN? I was also told that there are sometimes passport issues if you have 2 last names, so would I have to change that as well?

      Basically, change everything as you would had you chosen a single surname.

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  7. Nataly

    Valera,
    I just would like to know, what i should to do, if I use my maiden name for 10 years, but my SSN card 10 years has my married name. How can I change the SSN card, if I never had a legal name change document?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Nataly. They'll need a recognized document (e.g., marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order) in order to process a name change request.

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  8. deltajctak

    I have a question about being employed under my maiden name. I changed my last name to my husband's but want to keep using only my maiden name for my professional life. I'm a grad student and instructor at a university right now, and don't want to change my last name with the university because they will change my name on directories, listings of classes I teach, change my email, the name on my degree, etc. My bank is ok with my maiden name being on my payroll paperwork so there's no real reason to let the university know I changed my name except for my W2 forms. How big of a problem is it if my maiden name (rather than my legal, married name) is on my tax forms, or is there a way I can just have my married name on my W2?

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    • Valera

      How big of a problem is it if my maiden name (rather than my legal, married name) is on my tax forms, or is there a way I can just have my married name on my W2?

      Your legal married name would have to be on your tax forms and W2. Explain your situation to the university and it's probable they'll be able to accommodate your name preference. Perhaps by use of an alias? Make it clear that you'll only want private, internal reference to your married name for tax filing purposes.

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  9. Aaron

    My fiancee is previously divorced and kept her married name. We are getting married next year and she will be changing her last name to mine…but she wishes to replace her middle name with her MAIDEN name (which she no longer has). Because it was her birth name and is on her birth certificates, would this be an issue without a court order? From what I've read online, she needs to put the name she will go by on our marriage license. Can she simple move her maiden name to the middle? Example: Born Danielle Barbara Black. Married in 2004: Changed name to Danielle Barbara Locke. Divorced in 2011: Kept same name. Married in 2015: Changed name to Danielle Black Williams. Possible without a court? Thanks in advance.

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    • Valera

      Can she simple move her maiden name to the middle? … Possible without a court?

      Possibly, depending on the state. Have a look at the maiden to middle name guide, which elaborates on this further.

      Reply
  10. Michaela

    Hi,
    I was married June 2014. I changed my maiden name to my married name shortly after. However, my passport still has my maiden name on it, mainly because I haven't traveled outside of the country since my honeymoon. My passport book is almost full. Can I still use it until it is full even though the rest of my documents and SS card all have my married name?

    Also, my old checks and my husbands old checks each have our respective names on them. Now that we have combined bank accounts and we are each on each other's bank accounts, can I sign my name to his checks and he sign his to mine?

    Thanks!

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    • Valera

      My passport book is almost full. Can I still use it until it is full even though the rest of my documents and SS card all have my married name?

      Yes. You can review the maiden name on passport article, which elaborates on this.

      Now that we have combined bank accounts and we are each on each other's bank accounts, can I sign my name to his checks and he sign his to mine?

      Yes, since they're joint accounts.

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  11. EGrrl

    I have been married for almost 7 years. I hyphenated my name given surname to his surname on our marriage license. On my SS card, my voter registration card, my bank cards, my passport, etc. I put my first and middle names and then both last names without the hyphen. My name is hyphenated on my drivers' license because my state (NM) requires hyphenation for dual surnames.

    I want to go by both surnames. I use the dual surnames on all documents and when introducing myself to others, however, most people seem too confused to handle it and call me Ms. HisLastName or FirstName HisLastName. This irritates me to no end. Especially because I have never in the years we've been married filled out any paperwork or introduced myself to anyone using just his last name. It's funny because when we went on vacation overseas there were no issues with my dual surnames. I have asked family and close friends to use either my given surname or both surnames but they either don't or tease me about it, which hurts me a lot.

    If they have to pick one last name, I'd rather be addressed by my given last name. I don't want to divorce my husband, he's wonderful and I want to be married to him. I've thought about changing everything back to my given surname, or taking out the space between surnames and making it MyGivenSurnameHisSurname (e.g. Anna SmithJones) but I'm unsure how much hassle it will be. Do you have any advice for me?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi EGrrl. It's understandably annoying having to correct people to properly recognize your full last name. There's no easy way to reinforce this. You'll have to continue doing what you have been by clarifying when necessary. If you do ultimately choose to go forward with modifying your last name, you will have to petition the court to get it done. I wouldn't consider it a hassle. It's just another process to get you from A to B. It'll take a little bit of time, but it's a common process that many people go through for a variety of reasons.

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  12. Nancy Gleason

    I was married almost 11 years ago and here is how I handled the name change:
    I kept my maiden name and added my husband's name to it, no hyphen, just like Julia, the OP, so my name is Nancy X. Y Z, not Nancy X. Y-Z
    Since your legal name is only required on legal documents, that is how I use it: taxes, driver's license, passport. Credit cards, bank accounts, medical records, etc., are just with my husband's name, since those are not considered legal documents.

    I do use both names on facebook, as it makes finding me easier for friends and families, but that's it.
    I have never had a problem doing this.

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  13. Ethan

    We live in Hawaii and we got married in December 2014. On our marriage certificate we used a hyphenated last name. We have done nothing to change our names since the marriage and we have now reconsidered using this hyphenated last name. Can we still keep all our ID they way they are? We were hoping to fix the marriage certificate, but they said they can't do that. However, they are saying we have to change all our ID's to match our marriage certificate because that was a legal name change, is this correct? Also they want us to fill out a name change form to change it back, but I'm not sure what are they talking about because we haven't changed anything.
    Thanks
    Ethan

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    • Valera

      Hi Ethan. I'm not sure what they're referring to. Name change is optional. Some folks change their minds, which result in their names and identification remaining unmodified.

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  14. Forida

    Hi. I married my husband last June and I hyphenated my maiden name with his last name on the marriage certificate but haven't changed my name on SSC or DL. I'm starting to feel like I just want my husband's last name as my new last name and maybe have my maiden name as my middle name. On my SSC do I have to have the hyphenated name that is on the marriage certificate or can I just use my husband's last name?

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  15. Nat

    I know after divorce, an ex-spouse can not force someone to using/not using a legally established name. My current husband's ex-wife is still using his last name. Legally, she never had her name changed when they were married. She had a business that she used her maiden name for, some documents she had used my husbands last name, but her legal name on tax returns and SS card is actually her first ex-husband. We read over the final divorce decree but there is no mention of any name use. Since she never legally changed her name to his, can she continue to use it?

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    • Valera

      Hi Nat. Yes, she can continue using it as long as it's done in the proper context and there's no attempt to commit fraud or evade debts.

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  16. Ardette

    I am getting married in july. all my documents are still in process (including immigration) if i use my future husband's last name (immigration status also in process) do i need to update everything. Or i can change some, like bank accounts. and keep my maiden name in ssn ? is it going to be a problem later on? or just keep my maiden name and do not declare married
    ?

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    • Valera

      do i need to update everything

      Yes, if you opt to legally change your name, then it's important for your documents to be updated and in sync.

      Or i can change some, like bank accounts. and keep my maiden name in ssn ?

      If you're planning to keep your maiden name with your SSN, then the status quo would remain.

      or just keep my maiden name and do not declare married

      You can declare being married while keeping your maiden name.

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  17. Stacy

    Good Day Valera!

    I changed my last name to my husband's in 2013. This year I am launching a new business venture and would like to use my maiden name on business cards and when I introduce myself to clients.

    Do I need to legally add my maiden name to my current last name or could I continue to use my maiden name professionally?

    Thank you!
    Stacy

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    • Valera

      Do I need to legally add my maiden name to my current last name or could I continue to use my maiden name professionally?

      Yes, you can just use your maiden name professionally.

      Reply
  18. Cindy

    I am a student in FL. we have a question regarding a fellow student. She has been using (presenting) two different drivers licenses, one with her maiden name and another with her new married name. She has real estate properties in her old maiden name and is using her old license to have related docs.(including affidavits of domicile) notarized, and using her new married one (with new married name) to have new mortgage documents notarized. We do not believe that she has citizenship or SS#. Is this possible, to maintain two drivers licenses and to submit either one as valid identity?

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    • Valera

      Hi Cindy. It's up to the various institutions to determine if they'll accept it (assuming they're aware of it). It could certainly be problematic if the intention is to commit fraud. Based upon your description, that doesn't appear to be the case. It seems she's just using the old driver's license as a way to verify her identity (or matching name) on old paperwork.

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  19. Ninfa

    I been married for 15 years and I never changed my last name but we bought a house and I had to sign the deed with my married name the thing is that I don't have any I'd with my married name can I get just an I'd with my husbands last name instead of changing it in all the papers ?

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    • Valera

      can I get just an I'd with my husbands last name instead of changing it in all the papers ?

      If it's to be a validly recognized ID, that's unlikely. If you need to provide verification of your marriage, you can acquire a certified copy of your marriage certificate. You can inquire with whatever entity requires identity verification if such a document would be sufficient.

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  20. Joseph

    I got married in California last year (where we still live), and I took my husband's name on the marriage certificate and duly updated it with the authorities. I really regret it now—the name just doesn't right to me—and I want to revert to my maiden name, though we're still married.

    Is this possible to do at all without paying $500 for a name change through the court? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Joseph. Unfortunately, you would have to go through the court (fees and all) to complete a follow-up name change.

      Reply
  21. Michaela

    I am getting married in a few months in MN and I would like to change my legal name to MyFirst MyMiddle HisLast. However, I would like to keep my professional name as MyFirst MyMiddle Maiden Name. I will be licensed in my profession next year. Because I have my bachelor and master degrees under my maiden name, can I keep it as my professional name?

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    • Valera

      Hi Michaela. You would have to contact your state's licensing board. Some states require legal name changes to be reported within X-number of days following a name change.

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  22. Anitas

    My Birth certificate name says Anita Lilos. My social security card, drivers license, passport, credit cards, marriage license say Anna Lilos. When I got married I thought it would be the best time to go back to using my birth certficate name and use my new married last name so now 'Anita Anna Megos'. I have been able to change my name with the social security card, drivers license, bank accounts. Unfortunately credit card companies are asking for a court order for my first name change. I dont have one because i'm using my first name that was given by birth. Should i close my old credit cards an open new cards in my new name instead of trying to change my first name?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Anitas. Did you tell them your name change was a result of marriage? If so, did you also offer to supply a copy of your marriage certificate as proof of marriage?

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  23. DD

    I got married hastily and my new husband rushed me to change my last name on my CDL (I live in California) as well as my SS. Now, we are separating (not legally yet, and I don't know how it will end up) and I want to use my previous married name (which I had for over 27 years). Do I have to do a legal name change? If so, how do I do that if there's no divorce document? Will that mess me up at all since we bought a house together that has my new married name on it?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Do I have to do a legal name change? If so, how do I do that if there's no divorce document?

      You can seek a court petitioned name change.

      Will that mess me up at all since we bought a house together that has my new married name on it?

      No, that's shouldn't be an issue.

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  24. Kylie Wilson

    I got married back in 2009 & divorced in 2012..when we went to court I got my maiden name back but never changed it on my ssc..I am with someone new and we are talking about getting married this summer so does this mean I have to go back to my maiden name before changing it to his? & does this cost anything?

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    • Valera

      Hi Kylie. No, you do not have to return to your maiden name before changing it to your new husband's.

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  25. Jacki

    We were married on a cruse ship, so our marriage certificate is filed in a different country. Do I have to notify Social Security?

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    • Valera

      Do I have to notify Social Security?

      Not unless you're changing your name.

      Reply
  26. Holly Bridges

    I have been divorced since 2006. My social, license, birth certificate and passport all have my maiden name. Do I have to do a name change from surname to maiden since I never used the surname?

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    • Valera

      Hi Holly. It appears you've never changed any of your documents, therefore your maiden name has always remained your legal name. If that's the case, I don't see what it is you'll need to change.

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  27. joann

    Hi, I recently got married married and would lime to keep my children from A pprevious marriage as my beneficiaries on my old life insurance policy. Do I have to change my name on the policy?

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    • Valera

      Hi Joann. Unless you have a valid reason not to, it's generally good practice to make such organizations aware of your new legal name for their records.

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  28. Brea

    Hi!
    I have a question. So, I got married in October this past year and I agreed to my husband to add his last name onto my last name (no hyphen (he hates those), but just having two last names). I haven't done this process yet, but really I don't want to have to change any documents. Like, I want to keep my maiden name on my SSC, driver's license, passport, credit cards, etc. Is this something that can even be done? I was just hoping there was some way I could file the information and say "well, I also go by this name, but my legal name is my 'maiden name'" sort of thing. Is this a real thing? I live in Washington. Not sure if that matters or not, but I thought I would throw it in. Thanks so much!

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    • Valera

      Hi Brea. Sure, you can choose to go by your dual last name informally. When it comes to filling out governmental forms, legalese, taxes, and so on, you'll have to use your maiden name.

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  29. karry roark

    I just got a divorce in Illinois and I was granted to go back to my maiden name how long am I allowed to wait to change it on social security and everything else

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    • Valera

      Hi Karry. There's no time limit. You can change it back whenever you're ready.

      Reply
  30. Anne

    Hello, I recently got married for the second time. I have a daughter from my previous marriage and her last name is hyphenated with his and mine … first, middle, his last-my last. I also never changed back to my maiden name after divorcing.

    I am wanting to keep my maiden name, plus my new husbands name, so my daughter and I can still share a last name. However my daughter has a hard time just going by her dad's last name since it is hyphenated…I have learned from this, and am wanting to know the best way to go about changing my name for myself.

    Should I do first, middle maiden(together, no hyphen), then his last?

    Or first, middle, maiden his last.

    I am looking for whatever will make it easiest to just go by his last as my official last name (drivers license, etc as my maiden name is long and hard to pronounce.

    I am located in Texas. Thanks!

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    • Valera

      Should I do first, middle maiden(together, no hyphen), then his last?

      A dual middle name would probably require petitioning the court. If that's acceptable and you prefer that combination, then there's certainly nothing wrong with that sequence.

      Or first, middle, maiden his last.

      I am looking for whatever will make it easiest to just go by his last as my official last name

      This combination also makes sense, although the official name that will go on your SS and driver's license would still be both last names—your full legal name.

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  31. Mellanie Semilla Muleta

    hello..Im Mellanie can I ask about my status I apply my sss using my married name Mellanie Muleta but now Im widow, then I change my married name into my single name Mellanie Semilla so now it is possible to change again my family name using my married name? because my company used my married name for the payment of my sss so I have no record using my married name but I used the same sss number, so what shall I do to change it again using my married name ? thanks

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Mellanie. What name are you trying to return to? If you're looking to go from your married name to another last name, then you can petition the court to do so. You may also want to contact your local SSA about this to inquire about your name and how your company has implemented your name.

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  32. Danielle

    I'm currently 9 months pregnant and married the baby's father last month. I haven't changed any documents yet but would like all of our last names to match on the birth certificate. Will this be a problem? Can I use my husbands last name as mine even if it's not legally changed before baby arrives?

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    • Valera

      Can I use my husbands last name as mine even if it's not legally changed before baby arrives?

      Yes, you can. Your name change is performed on a separate track.

      Reply
  33. shania

    I have been married almost five years,I took my husbands last name.But now I would like to take my maiden name back,even though we're married. Is that possible through naturalization process? if yes, do I have to pay after it for changing all my documents like (home, tax, DMV etc)

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Shania. You can change your name during naturalization. You can get in touch with USCIS regarding potential fees. Fees for changing your name on other documents (e.g., tax, DMV) is something determined by each agency. Unlikely for home or tax related documents. DMV may possibly charge a reissue fee.

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  34. Jen

    Hi, When I got married I added my husband's last name (no hyphen), but as yet have only changed my name with the SS office. I have always used just my maiden name professionally and I am now starting a business. I want to continue using my maiden name with my business. To do that, do I need to file a DBA or will it be fine because the bank acct I opened for the business is just under my maiden (they go by DL which I did not change to add hubby's name)? The DBA sounds like a huge pain because it has to be advertised in the paper for a month or something and I would rather not have an extra step to complete. So, clients will write checks just to maiden name, bank is in maiden name, SSN is maidenname husbandname. I just don't want a problem when it comes to tax time. I'm in CA. Thanks!

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    • Valera

      If and when you eventually renew your license, the DMV may query the SSA database and notice your name change there. Your license will be renewed in your married name. Your tax and SSA name must also match, so you'll file using your legal name.

      Using a DBA is can be a good long-term approach to prevent disruption on the business side of things while making sure your name records are synchronized across your various identity documents (e.g., SS, driver's license).

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      • Jen

        Thank you, I will go that route then. I don't want any issues down the road. A follow-up question if you don't mind… I have found the whole having two last names thing to be a huge hassle. It takes forever for doctors to find me, I can never remember which name I used where. Despite trying to engage my feminist side, I think I now just want to add my Maiden name to my middle name and use my husbands last name. How can I do this, now without the marriage license to document the name change? Thanks so much for the help. It was great to come across your blog!

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        • Valera

          Hi Jen. Since you've already changed your name with the SSA, changing it again would entail a new name change event and authorizing document, which would be a court order. So, you'd be looking at petitioning the court to acquire a different name sequence.

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  35. Bonnie Hanna-Ciccarelli

    i live in Massachusetts and am separated from my husband. I want to go back to my maiden name. Can I change my name on my own?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Bonnie. Yes, you can change it on your own. It would require petitioning the court to have your name changed.

      Reply
  36. Alexis

    Hi. I got married over 10 years ago and I signed my maiden name on the marriage license not knowing that I had to sign my new name. Can I still use my marriage license to change my last name to my husband's last name or do I need to go through the entire name change process? I would like to keep my maiden name and hyphenate his last name.

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Alexis. Yes, you can change it still. Order a certified copy of your marriage certificate from your local vital records office.

      Reply
  37. kathy hawk

    If i get married i can just keep my name as it us now without doing anything extra? And what will happen when we file our taxes as married filing jointly and our last names are not the same?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Kathy. Yes, if you do nothing your name will not change. Name changes aren't automatic. They have to be proactively initiated. As for your taxes, nothing good nor bad will happen. You'll just file using your distinct names.

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  38. Becky

    I just got divorced and had the name change in the divorce decree. We are selling two houses that are in my married name. I haven't changed my name on any documentation yet. Can I sign the closing documents in my married name?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Can I sign the closing documents in my married name?

      Yes, as that's still your current name.

      Reply
  39. mira

    Hi, I got my SSN in my maiden name and haven't able to change when I got married. Now I'm divorced. Do I need to change my last name to married name first then change back to my maiden name?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Mira. If you're asking if you need to change from maiden to married and back to maiden (to fulfill some sort of requirement), then no. You'll just wind up back where you started, and doing nothing results in the same thing—your name remaining static.

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  40. Kake

    Hi, I have a question. I've been married for 2 years now and have changed my maiden name. Don't really like that choice of mine and I'm actually regretting it. I'm planning to apply for grad school. My question is: Can I apply for school with my maiden name although I have my married name on Social and IDs and stuff? I'd greatly appreciate it if you give me an advice! Thanks.

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Kate. Applications typically require your legal name, in order to perform various look-ups.

      Reply
  41. Stefanie

    Hi Valera,
    Thanks for providing this information. I'm interested in changing my last name to my husband's after our marriage. However, I would like to keep using my maiden name professionally. In particular, when I publish research, I would like to keep using my name exactly as is [First name-Middle initial-Maiden last name]. Do you think anyone would have a problem with that, even if my last name is legally changed? Also, what about when going to conferences or something like that–do you think I could register with my maiden name instead of my legal last name? Although keeping my first and middle name as is would be my first choice, I'd also be willing to change my current last name to be my middle name if that would make any of these outcomes easier. I would also consider keeping my current middle name as part of a new combined middle name (resulting in: First(original first name) Middle (original middle name followed by a space and my original last name) Last (husband's last name), but do you think that just makes people confused and causes more problems having so many names? Thanks for any input you can provide.
    Best,
    Stefanie

    Reply
    • Valera

      Do you think anyone would have a problem with that, even if my last name is legally changed?

      Also, what about when going to conferences or something like that–do you think I could register with my maiden name instead of my legal last name?

      That's a common approach, and shouldn't present a problem.

      I'd also be willing to change my current last name to be my middle name if that would make any of these outcomes easier.

      I don't see it as an easier or more complicated choice. I think it makes the most sense to implement the approach you prefer most and make that work rather than contort another scenario to fit what you assume might be better.

      I would also consider keeping my current middle name as part of a new combined middle name

      Depending on the state, that may not be possible without getting a court order.

      but do you think that just makes people confused and causes more problems having so many names?

      I don't believe, over the long term, whatever you choose will be confusing or difficult for others to grasp and remember. Eventually, you and others will get used to whichever name you choose. Of course, there can be the occasional correction to be made, but I believe it's best for you to choose the name you and only you consider to fit best for your personal and professional use, and push to make that work.

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  42. Amber

    I got married in 2014 in Michigan. After three months, the marriage came to an abrpt end for several reasons.

    My question is: I signed my married name, but never changed any of my documents. Now that I need to file for divorce, how does that affect everything? Do I need to get my name actually changed over to the married name? Do I go to courthouse and get name change? I want to file very soon, and am not going through a lawyer.

    Sorry this is alot. I still use maiden name for EVERYTHING. i dont know if i file for divorce under my maiden name or if i have to go through whole process of changing name to married name, even if its only for 60 days?
    HELP!!

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Amber. You don't have to undergo any name change. Since you never changed your name on any documents, your legal name is still your maiden name. Therefore, you'll use your maiden name for everything.

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      • Amber

        So if I signed my married name on the marriage license, do i file for divorce with maiden name? Just wonder how that will be handled. Instead of Amber W, its signed Amber S. S is married initial. So i file as Amber W? Just trying to get this figured out!

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        • Valera

          Hi Amber. Disregarding the marriage license. Sign with your maiden name, as that's still your current name.

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  43. Jess

    Hi Valera,

    I got married 6 months ago and put my husband's last name as my new last name on the marriage license and dropped my maiden name. However I have yet to change my name on any legal documents. Is it possible to keep my maiden name or at least hyphenating it without changing the marriage license?

    Thanks!

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  44. Becky

    I am getting married in 2 days. When we filed for our marriage license., I vhanged my name. However, I am wanting to keep my maiden name on everything. Am I going to have issues legally for anything, with my marriage license saying one (being changed with vital records) but not changing it on anything else? I asked the judge that is marrying us, he replied with "it may be fine for a while, but down the road, you may run into issues because you changed your name with vital records."

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Becky. Name change is optional. There are no negative consequences if you choose to not change your name after all.

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      • Becky

        Even filing taxes, credit cards, purchases made together? If they ask and we say married but my last name is different. Proof of marriage would be the certificate but it says a new last name.? Thank you!

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        • Valera

          Hi Becky. Yes, you're fine. If you're keeping your maiden name, then the marriage certificate wouldn't come into play.

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  45. Angela Byrd

    Hi my name is Angela, and i was wondering if you could help me, I got married back in 1993 and me and my husband separated about 6 months later, I changed to my married name on my ss, but not on my DL and birth certificate, I basically just went back to my maiden, how can I get my ss changed back to my maiden name, will i get in trouble for just going back to my maiden name , since we've been separated for 22 years?

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    • Valera

      Hi Angela. You'd be looking at having to get a court approved name change. That will provide you what you need to update your name with the SS office.

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  46. May

    Hi,

    I got married at the clerk county on 5/1, when i signed for the marriage license the clerk county lady asked me what name I want to keep. I told her I don't wanna change my name then she said, if you don't write it down here and wish to change in the future you would have to go to the court and pay $5000 it's a very big hassle however, if you write it down here you have the OPTION to change any time in the future but are NOT obligated to. This was her explanation so I followed her advice and wrote down ( first name ) ( maiden name ) ( husband's last name ) then the marriage certificate said " new name " i handed this in to my immigration lawyer because I am applying for a greencard ( my husband is getting it through work and I currently have a work visa ) then the paralegal told me since I changed my name I have to change everything ( SSN, DL, Passport ) but i have many friends who applied with their maiden name and got the GC so I know she is wrong. However, my concerns is the GC will be issued with my new name which I was not willing to change yet.

    Obviously the clerk county lady was wrong, now I am force to change my legal name. It's hasn't even been a month, is there any way I can go back to my maiden name? or do i still have to go to court to do so. I live in California.

    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi May. Is the paralegal basing this on your certificate or the assumption that you've changed your SS (or intend to)?

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  47. Amaka

    Hello. I recently got married but didn't go through a formal name change. I only used my marriage certificate to change my name at the bank and insurance policy. I also applied for my change of status with USCIS using my husbands last name, but on second thoughts I would like for my SS card, DL, passport etc to bear my maiden name only. While other documents involving me and my husband can still be in his name. Is that possible? Considering I have sent in my immigration application in my husbands last name? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Amaka. You can contact the USCIS about resubmitting your application, so that you may implement your proposed changes.

      Reply
  48. Samantha

    Hello! I am currently trying to figure out what I need to do when my fiance and I get married. I am a Canadian citizen, with a green card, living in the US planning on marrying a US citizen, in the US. I would like to assume his last name. Do I need to immediately change my last name on my documents (Canadian Passport, Green Card, Drivers licence ect.) or will those documents with my maiden name be accepted until they expire even if I assume my husbands last name?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Samantha. Your maiden name will still be recognized until you decide to formally change your name.

      Reply
  49. Delila

    Good morning,

    My fiance and I will be getting married next month. We are applying for our marriage license in two weeks. I don't want to change my maiden name. I would like to hyphenate it with my future husband's name. Do I have to change any important documents such as Social Security, Drivers License, Bank, etc. with the hyphenated name or can I just keep all of that with my maiden name. I just don't want to go through so much paperwork in changing everything. Also, would it affect my taxes if file separate or jointly?

    Thanks. :)

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Delila. If you don't update any of your identity documents, then your name wouldn't have changed. You'd go on using your maiden name. You would avoid the paperwork, as there wouldn't be anything to process. And, no, your name change (or non change) wouldn't impact how you decide to file your taxes File whichever is appropriate, then use your current legal name.

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  50. dana darscheid

    Hello, I am getting married for the second time in Vegas in 15 days. I still carry my previous married name. My drivers license states my name as dana (maiden name )(previous married name). I would like to drop my previous married name. Once I remarry can my name read dana (maiden name)(new married name). Or will I have to have dana (maiden name)(previous married name)(new married name) because I never went back to my maiden name after my divorce?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Dana. Yes, you'll be able to drop/replace your previous married name.

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  51. Gill

    I changed my name back to my maiden name by deed poll two year ago now my ex is divorcing me but using my old married name
    Is this legal ??

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  52. Lily

    Hi,
    I got married last year and legally changed my name but never went through with changing it on my ID or SSN since I'm a permanent resident and was waiting to become a citizen to change it in all my paperwork…I am currently going thru a divorce and want to keep my married name for personal reasons, can I keep it even if my ex disagrees and does not wants me to keep it. Btw I hyphen his and my last name. Thanks

    Reply
    • Valera

      can I keep it even if my ex disagrees and does not wants me to keep it.

      Yes, you can keep it. You're the only one who has say-so over what your name will be.

      Reply
  53. Tamara Foster

    I was married about 3 weeks ago and would like to keep my maiden name professionally but change it for all non-professional. Is it possible to keep my maiden name yet change to my husband's last name without hyphenating? Basically is it possibly to be legally known as two names? I would prefer on record to be known as both.

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Tamara. You can go forth with the professional/nonprofessional use of your preferred names, but you will still have one legal name. Ways to navigate through it can include the registering of a DBA in your professional name, use of an alias, or simply continue your maiden name in your professionally life (as you have been doing), while making sure legal references to your name is what you'll change it to.

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  54. Crystaline France

    Hi! im about to get married this July in CA. It's a rule that one has to change their last name, I agreed to that, but I don't plan of changing my last name to my spouse's last name yet in my passports, credit cards, DL etc. for years maybe. will that be fine? will I indicate in my application form for a job that I'm married by then? thanks!

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Crystaline. Name change is optional. You can choose to do it later or not at all. You're fine either way. If you choose not to, your current name will remain your last name. I don't see the connection between saying (or not saying) you're married on a form and your name concerns. They're not really interconnected.

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  55. Sara

    Hi there,
    I recently got married and I am a green card holder. Now I am applying for a graduate school, and I don't know whether to go with my old name, which is still on my SS, or put my new name which is my green card. Just so you know, I kept my last name but I also added my husbands last name when I got married.

    Thank you

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Sara. It's a good idea to sync up your documentation to reflect your legal name so that such inconsistencies won't trouble. You can visit or contact your local SS office about updating your name record.

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  56. Jenny T

    hello I was wondering if it's possible to use both my maiden name and my married name. Basically I would like to use my maiden name professionally, I just graduated med school and use my married name socially.

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  57. Suzanne

    Hi
    I've been re- married for nearly 4 yrs. I have my driving license in the name of my surname of my first husband. The problem I have is it never bothered my now husband until he went to put me on his car insurance and he was told that I could go on his insurance, but I have to change my licence to his surname. I have not taken his name on hence the reason why I still use my first husbands surname on all my documents even at place of work. How can I get insured on my new husbands car insurance without changing my name to his?

    Many Thanks

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Suzanne. Was it made clear to the insurance company that your legal name is that of your first husband? That your SS card and driver's license are in this name? It seems as though there's a misinterpretation somewhere of what your name is. You'll also want to confirm if the application is being filed correctly.

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  58. Daisy

    I got married in 2004 shortly after that I went to change my last name on my DL and ID. I even changed it at work even though I never changed my ss card. After having problems with school i decided to change my id back to my maiden name. I had no problems with that but now I want to go change everything to my married name so my question is: Am I going to have problems with SS since I changed my name before but never my SS card?

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    • Valera

      Hi Daisy. You'll be fine. They'll need a supporting document, such as a certified copy of your marriage certificate, to process your name change.

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  59. Eva Tsang

    Dear Sir,
    I married for 17 years. Now I want to change my last name to my husband's last name. What will be my first step? The way of Maiden Name to Middle Name, do I need to change it to all my documents such as properties title, insurance, bank accounts, beneficiary, retirement accounts, etc.?
    Would it be better if hyphenating my Last Name?
    Does your price include everything I need to notify them my last name is changed?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Eva. When updating your name, the typical starting point is the SS office, then driver's license. Then continue with various institutions one-by-one. Some will take time. Some you may not recall to do until later, so it may be an ongoing process of you updating documents to reflect your updated name. Whether you go with maiden to middle or hyphenate is ultimately your choice. There's no better or worse option.

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  60. Tana

    I am Active Duty military and I have been in for 12 years. I'm having a really hard time with the idea of changing my name professionally to match my husband's, however, socially I already go by his last name and love the idea of having his last name.

    My question is, is it possible to just change my DL to my husband's last name and then just use my maiden name for taxes, pay checks, and the military?

    Or is that going to get too confusing?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Tana. It's possible, but unlikely that you'll be able to change your DL without updating your SS first. Some driver's license office will query the SSA database for a name match before processing an update and reissue.

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  61. Tracy

    Hello, I was married over a year ago in California, and at the time I chose not to change my last name (to my spouse's). I've now decided that I would like to take my spouses last name. Can I still change my last name even though my marriage license doesn't indicate that I wanted to change my last name?
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Tracy. If an institution, such as the DMV, does not accept a certified copy of your marriage certificate, then changing your name via court petition may be the route you'll have to take.

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  62. Shannon Lopez

    Where do you do a name change I want to add my maiden name to my married name how n what do I do

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Shannon. First SS office, then driver's license office, passport, and non-government organizations (in-person or by mail).

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  63. Danny Stafford

    My girlfriend has been separated from her ex for 24 years , but not divorced, she never used his last name for anything she used hers , he told the other day that he finally got one , now he calls her today saying hes gonna get her in trouble by the federal government for using her maiden name at public aid in 1998 , he told her he had paperwork from public aid , my question is,how can he get her in trouble and how in the hell can he get paperwork from public aid with her name on it , please help…

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    • Valera

      Hi Danny. If her legal name is her maiden name, and it's all she's ever used, I don't understand what the ex is going on about. It doesn't make sense.

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  64. Stephanie

    We got married in February. I mailed in the documents to change my name and received my SS card with his last name about a month ago. He knew that I wanted to take his last name since I hated my last name. But now hes adamant that I change it back, that I cant have his last name, his parents (who were married in Puerto Rico, where they keep their names) didnt do it like that so he wants to do it like them, etc. He doesnt care the least that here we take the husbands last name (hes lived here half his life, not like hes new to this) and refuses to let me keep his last name. How am I suppose to change it back? :'(

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Stephanie. You'll have to go and petition the court to have any aspect of your name changed again.

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  65. April

    Hi ok question is I legally changed my last name 8 years ago. But wasn't threw a marriage . Ok now I want toget married but want to use my maiden name. How do I go about this?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi April. If you want your maiden name to return to being your last name, you can petition the court for the change. If you're looking for some other configuration, please reply back with additional details.

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  66. SunLover

    I am getting married in 10 days and would like to keep my last name, but am concerned about the inconvenience having two last names will pose once we have children, combine bank accounts, etc. Is there a way to create a legal alias so that I can legally go by his last name or mine?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi SunLover. There's a DBA for business purposes. You can also request the use of an alias (e.g., job, school) on an informal basis. You can opt to use the name you prefer socially/informally, while maintaining its full use for legal contexts.

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  67. Ash

    Hello, Valera.
    I got married in May of last year. My husband and it are broken up, but we haven't filed for divorce or separation yet. My old ID has my married name on it, but my birth certificate and social securitu card have my maiden name. I need to apply for a new ID. Can I apply for a brand new one using the required paperwork that has my maiden name on it?

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Ash. If the ID you're referring to is your driver's license, it's interesting that you were able to update it without updating your SS. It's not an entirely uncommon thing, but the DL often follows and must be in sync with the SS. Now, if your legal name is your maiden, there's a mismatch. The question is will the driver's license office be able or willing to amend it to match your maiden name without requiring a court order. Was this an invalid modification that can be reversed? It would make sense to contact one or more locations to inquire about their available procedures to update your license.

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  68. Kat

    Hi,

    I combined my middle name and maiden name because I didn't want to lose either or. So technically on my ss card it says for example First Middle Maiden Last. Now when I change my drivers license would I be able to just put First Middle Last or would I need to include all four names? I believe my mother was able to omit her maiden from her Middle Maiden when she got a new DL back in the day. This would be in the state of MD.

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    • Valera

      Hi Kat. Probably not, but it can vary from office to office, and even clerk to clerk. You would just have to go in office and make your request. If you're turned down, you can ask to speak with a supervisor and/or be provided documentation that raises an objection to your request.

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  69. mya

    hi, i got married in 2007 and never change my name anywhere ..now i file N400 to become a citizen.my question is am i going to have problems for no report to the ss or driver licence i got married.

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Mya. I don't see what problems may arise, considering you've opted not to change your name.

      Reply
  70. Lauren

    I got married in April and signed our marriage certificate with my Maiden name. Will that cause a problem when I change my name? Also can I just add my husband's last name but not always use it. For business I want to be know by my maiden name.

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Lauren. It's typically not an issue, but in some areas it could be met with some resistance. For instance, California. For business, you're free to maintain your maiden name as long as you continue to use your full name in legal contexts and tax purposes.

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  71. Anna Rodriguez-Hernandez

    I have been married for 15 years now,and I have kept my maiden name hyphen my husbands last name. I would like to know if I can just go back to my maiden now ( I have wanted to do it for the past 10 years) ? My drivers license and social security are both with my maiden and husbands.

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Anna. You can return to your maiden name. Although, you'll have to petition the court to do so.

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  72. aubree

    I am planning on getting married and would like to take his last name, however I have a professional license and busines and publications in my maiden name. I want to keep my maiden name for business purposes. How does this work? I am in California

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Aubree. Depending on your profession, you can contact your licensing board for clarification. On government docs/forms, taxes, you'll use your legal name. For other uses, professional and socially, use the name you prefer.

      Reply
  73. Meghan

    I have a few questions. My husband and i got married secretly a year and a half ago. I changed my name to first middle hislast. (For medical insurance purposes). No one knows we are married so I still go by first middle maiden for everything (bank account, drivers lisence, and at my current job). Is that ok? Also, I got a second job and am in the process of filling out the paper work. Can I still use my maiden name? Or do I have to go by his last name because that is what is on my ssc? I really need your help! Thank you!

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Meghan. You can technically get by with having only updated your SS for now, which you've proven. Eventually other documents, such as your driver's license, will need to fall in line. Especially when it's time to renew. The DMV database may query the SSA for a name match/mismatch. As for your job, you'll likely have to provide your full legal name for a background check and tax purposes.

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  74. emma

    Hi I got married and have been changing my name over on all my docs like passport. Banks etc .The only one I haven't changed yet is my doctors. I recently found out I was pregnant and they still have me down in mymaiden name .I signed the pregnancy doc in my old name without thinking too. Now I'm worried they won't let me change it.And will cause complications further down the line. Ie hospitals and birth certificates. Also if I tell the I got married and moved they may tellme I need to register with a doctors there and I'm happy with where I am. Any suggestions xx

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    • Valera

      Hi Emma. Name changes with doctor offices are a common occurrence. I don't think you have anything to be worried about. If you'd prefer not to deal with it over the phone or in person, then postal mail them a form letter notifying them of your name change. State your prior and new name, and include a photocopy of your marriage certificate. That'll give them the minimum information necessary to update their records without divulging anything else about yourself.

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  75. Sam

    Can someone please help clarify something for me?
    I'm a US citizen living in California. I went through a legal name change which was actually just an *addition* to my name (nothing was removed). Would it be a problem to leave my bank accounts with my old name, since my new name still has both parts in it?

    Thanks in advance.

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    • Valera

      Hi Sam. It's possible, depending on the bank. Even if you were to explain your situation to your bank (in person or anonymously), they would be inclined to accommodate a client—within reasonable limits.

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  76. EVE

    Please i am filling for a citizenship and i am adding my maiden name and middle name to a space provided asking if you want to change your name, i answered yes and provided how i want it. My husband's last name is two having a dash in between (like eg; JHONSON – SMITH ) I left out the Jhonson and added my maiden name ( like eg; George-Smith) , the George being my maiden name.
    my question is, do i still have to go through the court process and is this going to affect anything or delay the process. Am still married to my husband for ten years now and have my husbands last two maiden name on my SSC, DL and Permanent recident card

    Reply
    • Valera

      Hi Eve. If you've already changed it with the SSA, then you would have to petition the court the change it once again.

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  77. Jennifer

    Hi I live in Miami fl and I got married in 2010 I have a son from previous relationship and he has my last name . So when I got married to not leave out my son I kept my maiden name and added my hubby name to mine so it's first name maiden name hubbys name. We had a child in 2011 and we thought the same let's not leave out my last name so my eldest didn't feel left out. Well what I wanted to ask how can I get rid of my maiden name for myself and my kids and would I be able to change my eldest son without the biological fathers consent . He was just recently added to his birth certificate

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    • Valera

      Hi Jennifer. You'd have to petition the court, and you would have to get written and notarized consent from the biological father.

      Reply
  78. Angie

    Hello… I moved here to the U.S from Jamaica and I got married to a U.S citizen in 2005 I then received my employment authorization card in my married last name then when it expired I received my permanent resident card but USCIS put my maiden name on it then my social security card was sent in my married last name because of this I can't get an ID because they are saying I don't match up in their computer system even though I showed them the original copy of my marriage liscense…. I want to apply for citizenship but I am not sure if my different names will affect that process…. I have tried to get homeland security to fix their mistake but they claim that the mistake is on me and I refuse to pay money for something I did not mess up… Can I still file for citizenship without changing over my permanent resident card to my married name?

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    • Valera

      Hi Angie. How was the error yours? If you specified your married name and provided valid documentation to support that, yet it was still issued in the wrong name, then there's no cost to issue a correction and replacement. Otherwise, you'll have to pay the fee. It's important that the name on your permanent resident card be valid.

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      • Angie

        USCIS had it set for me to do my biometrics when I filed the form stating that the name issue was their fault then when I went back to get my new document they all of a sudden tried to say that I didn't fill out my name correctly and that it was my fault yet they managed to send my work permit in my married name and then turned around and sent me my permanent resident card in my maiden name… So I don't know I may have to pay that extra fee to fix their mistake!!!! Thanks for your help

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  79. unice

    Hello. I need some help. I received Deferred Action and work permit on 2012. (Since I am married it was under my married last name). So work permit and ssc had married last name.

    I recently became a permanent resident. And all my documents are. Eing sent under maiden name because they are done to match mexican passport (even when one gets married the last name is not adopted in mexico). Anyhow I notified immigration services that I already had a workpermit when I submited application for immigrant visa/green card, and even at the time of interview I was asked for it.

    I was under the impresion that all my document would be aent under married last name since they know I am married and already had a social. (Just remove the reatrictions. Well NO. I get a new social in the mail with maiden name. UGH (can't they see their mistake here?). Anyhow what do I do now?

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    • Valera

      Hi Unice. The I-90 form can be submitted to USCIS to have your card reissued with your married name. Provide supporting documentation of your name change, such as a certified copy of your marriage certificate.

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  80. Desi

    I recently got married at the courthouse. I haven't changed my name on my DL or through SSA yet. well I recently filled out applications for a job. I put my maiden name down since I have not changed anything thus far. I didn't know if the courthouse automatically does it (name change) or not. but anyways, the jobs I applied for ran a background check. one of them said the ss number does not match the name. the name that is showing up is my married name. So I am assuming the courthouse did the official name change?

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    • Valera

      Hi Desi. That's not how it's typically done. You're the one who has to initiate the name change, not a third-party.

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