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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!

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  1. thess

    Hi just have some questions regarding change of last name. I am still in the process with my immigration status. I used my maiden name in all the immigration documents as well as my passport is in my maiden name. Now I'm waiting for my Employment authorization car to be delivered and I'll be applying for a SSN as soon as I get my EAD card. My question is do I need to use my maiden name in applying for SSN or my married name? Is it really necessary to change to married name or can I just retain my maiden name? Since changing it will be a long process and since all my documents including passport are on my maiden name. What are the pros and cons of not changing my maiden name to married name. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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    1. Valera

      My question is do I need to use my maiden name in applying for SSN or my married name?

      Maiden, as that's your current legal name that matches your immigration documents.

      Is it really necessary to change to married name or can I just retain my maiden name?

      You don't have to change it. You can keep your maiden name.

      What are the pros and cons of not changing my maiden name to married name.

      Not changing it is the path of least resistance.

      Reply
  2. Alexandria

    Hello, thank you for this article! I have been married since 2013, and I adopted my husband's name hyphenated with my maiden name. I haven't changed my name via social security, professionally, or even on my driver's license; those still have my maiden name. In regards to my name on paper, I'm pretty much living like I haven't been married. I want to get my passport this year, however, I need to know do I need to follow through with the name change before applying for the passport, or can I just get the passport now, and apply the name change to social security, the passport, and everything else in the future? Thanks in advance :)

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    1. Valera

      Hi Alexandria. You can renew your passport in either your maiden or married name. Later you can change all your documents to your married name, if you so choose.

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    2. Jenny

      So since you're still putting your maiden name do you still check the box that you're married?

      Reply
      1. Valera

        Hi Jenna. On legal documents, you'll want to answer your current marital status accurately. Marital status doesn't impact name change.

        Reply
  3. Nicole

    Hi! Thank you in advance for the help! I am recently divorced of 17 years, all my documents, drivers lic, and current accounts are in my married name still. But my passport is in my maiden name from before our marriage. Now I need to renew it, should I keep it in my maiden name even if all my other pieces of ID and finances are in my married name still? I am currently engaged and planning on changing my name by the end of the year to my new husband's last name. Thank you again!

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  4. Angelica

    Hello, So I recently got a new drivers license and they went by my name on my birth certificate which is misspelled from my social security card but I lost my social card so in order to get a new one they have to go by my drivers license which is misspelled because my birth certificate has always been misspelled but I got married in 2013 which my marriage license has the correct spelling. if I were to get a new social card to match my drivers license will that make my marriage license void? Even my Employment?

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    1. Valera

      if I were to get a new social card to match my drivers license will that make my marriage license void?

      No, it won't.

      Reply
  5. marivic

    Hello did it possible to get married Again, if Im using.single documents
    since
    I'm working abroad, if we file a marriage registered, isn't it posible to knows that on my own embassy that I am married Legally in Philippines, even though I'm using.single all my dh
    Document, please. Need kindly
    reply, thank :

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    1. Valera

      Hi Marivic. You're looking to get married again in the Philippines? For what purpose?

      Reply
  6. Esraa

    Hi I have new baby I write my last name that I use it in my country before came to USA as a madian name and they use this name in his birth cirtificate but I have different last name in all my papers. Can I get him passport without changing my last name in his birth cirtificate ?because I don't have enough time to wait for the new birth cirtificate

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    1. Esraa

      Can I use any other evidence to extract my child passport replacement for birth cirtificate ?

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    2. Valera

      Hi Esraa. You should be able to get a passport for him using his name on the birth certificate.

      Reply
  7. Lisa

    I am divorced and kept my ex husbands last name. I am soon to be remarried. i would like to change my last name at that time to my maiden last name. Can I go ahead and do this on my marriage certificate, or do I need to go through the court and pay the fee?

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    1. Valera

      Hi Lisa. You can do this straight using the marriage certificate.

      Reply
  8. Myra

    Hi. I just got married last march 2017. I changed my last name same with my husband. But i still deciding to notify Social security about the name change because if that so I need to change my green card which will expire 2019 and the fee is almost $600 i think to change the green card. My question is that, is it ok to change my last name with all my documents when it is almost time to change my green card so that there will be only one payment? Thank you.

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    1. Valera

      Hi Myra. Yes, you can wait to change your documents over later.

      Reply
  9. Marla Robyn

    I got married 7 years ago. When we got married, I contacted SS and got my DL in my married name. But because I have a terminal illness and I was getting my health insurance from the state, I continued to use the name I had from my previous marriage. I never changed my name with my bank or my credit card co's..

    Since I wasn't working because of my illness, I never notified the IRS. And although my husband wasn't making a lot of money, I was afraid because I now was married, that I might lose my health insurance. When I became 62, I applied for Social Security, and was told that because they verify people through Experian or one of the Credit Bureaus, that they couldn't identify me, therefore, I was denied.

    Because of this, my husband and I decided to get a divorce, just so I could legally get the name I had before I married him back. (We are still happy and living together). But, foolishly, when we went to court for our divorce decree hearing, when the judge asked me if I wanted to go back to my previous name, I asked if I could go back to my maiden name and she said if that's the name I wanted to use, I would have to file for a legal name change.

    I told her that if that was the case then I would like to go back to my previous name. When we got the divorce decree in the mail, my name hadn't changed but was still my married name. I filed a motion explaining to the judge that I wanted to go back to my previous name but apparently after she reviewed the minutes, she denied it and said it was because I could only go back to my previous name, not my maiden name, and that I would have to file for a legal name change.

    So, despite the fact that we got divorced, my name had not changed at all. Now, I don't know if I should file another motion again explaining to the judge what I wanted (it's been about 8 months since our divorce was final) or if I should contact my bank, cc co's and Medicaid of my name change.

    What I'm worried about is because I never notified Medicaid when I got married, that they will cancel me for not telling them that I got married, and if they cancel me, if I can't get the medication I'm taking, I will die. I can't afford to get health insurance on my own. Especially with Trump in the midst of cancelling Obama Care.

    If I tell Medicaid that I was married and now divorced, they will ask for my Marriage Certificate and/or Divorce Decree and they will see that I had gotten married 7 years ago and never notified them. I'm so confused and afraid and don't know what to do. I made a mistake not telling them. What should I do?

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    1. Valera

      Hi Marla. There are specialists who deal with situations such as yours, so don't have to figure this out on your own. Look up the services of medicaid specialists in your area or elder law attorneys. Medicaid specialists are typically more cost-effective than an elder law attorney. If you're having difficulty finding a specialist for hire, you can contact an elder law attorney for references.

      Reply
  10. Angie MF

    Hi
    So I married my wife and we just happen to have the same last name. Do I have to do any paperwork like Social Security showing that i am married for future benefits or just in case of?
    I did a search on myself recently and it shows me under my first married last name, which I kept for years until divorcing and going back to my maiden name.
    Does it matter?

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    1. Valera

      Do I have to do any paperwork like Social Security showing that i am married for future benefits or just in case of?

      It depends. Some social security benefits do require you to report marital status.

      I did a search on myself recently and it shows me under my first married last name

      Does it matter?

      If you're referring to a general online search, then I don't see that as pertinent.

      Reply
  11. Stacy

    I recently changed my name through social security but I would like to keep my maiden name professionally. I am a mental health therapist so name changes to everything is complicated and expensive. Is it legal for me to keep my maiden name professionally and not change any of my information with HR?

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    1. Valera

      Hi Stacy. At a minimum, you'd have to alert HR for tax filing purposes. If you're licensed, you'll have to notify the licensing board. That doesn't mean they'll require you to update the name on your license, but they may at least need to update their internal records.

      Reply
  12. Angie

    Hi can i use single status for my passport application form in my passport even im married already.pls advised

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  13. Destiny Wheatley

    I got married in 2015 and on the marriage license i put that I wanted his last name and it's 2017 and I have yet to change my name. Can I get in trouble for not changing it? And can I get my drivers license with my maiden name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Can I get in trouble for not changing it?

      No, you won't get in trouble.

      And can I get my drivers license with my maiden name?

      Yes, since that's still your current legal name.

      Reply
  14. Tiffany chapman

    Ok my question is, i changed my name on my social security card to my married name, but for some reason the ssa website and everything i need to go through that requires a social srcurity card, it cant find me under my maiden name. I had to put power in my maiden name, and i tried to make an account on the SSA website, and it wont accept my married name even though when we got married i got a card and had it changed. Some of my mail has my married name on it. Aand some other stuff has a different middle name as well then on my card. I changed my middle name to my maiden namr, and took my initial middle name away. Why is this happening?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Tiffany. You'll have to contact the SSA about the discrepancy. It could just be a problem with the website and not their internal systems.

      Reply
  15. Giselle

    Have a great day/eve to y'all!! Just wanna ask if i can change my signature of my new passport married name? My appointment of changing my name will be next month and i just done and had the Certificate (Commission on Filipino Overseas) today with my new name. Any advice, is it possible that i can change my signature in my passport?
    Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!!!

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    1. Valera

      Hi Giselle. The DFA handles this. You may have to submit an affidavit.

      Reply
  16. Jovy Cultura

    I am married but due to some discrepancy in my documents, I'm still using my maiden name in my passport. Now I am planning to apply for a tourist visa and I am required to submit bank certificate. My bank account bears my married name and so are my other identifications. What can I do about this?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Jovy. Other than submitting a copy of your bank certificate, can you submit proof of employment, such as a certificate of employment?

      Reply
  17. Cre8iv1

    Hi there! I am getting married soon and am not ready to change my last name to his. However, if I decide let's say 2 or 4 years down the road to change it (especially if we have kids), will it be difficult or as easy as doing it when you get married? Can I just show that we are already married or will I have to then petition the court and go through the more difficult process? I'm in Georgia. Thank you!

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    1. Valera

      Hi Cre8iv1. As long as you specify what you "might" decide to change it to on your marriage license, you'll be able to change it later without petitioning the court. If you omit it, you may have to petition the court. What you specify on the license isn't binding.

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  18. Esmeralda

    Hi, so I just changed my last name to my husbands but I'm regretting not keeping my maiden last name as well, is it possible for me to add my maiden last name again but still have my husbands as well? Like have 2 last names, or is it too late to do that since I already changed it?

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    1. Valera

      is it too late to do that since I already changed it?

      It's too late to change it using your marriage record. You'll have to petition the court to change it again.

      Reply
  19. Lauren

    Hi I was just wondering if you could still use your maiden name for a drivers license. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Lauren. You'll have to use whatever name is on your most current social security card.

      Reply
  20. Monica Estrada Reyes

    I recently got married & I have decided to change my last name to my husbands. However, I haven't gone through the process. My question is, I'm soon going to give birth to my baby girl, when filling out the paperwork/birth certificate info so I put my current name(maiden name) or my husbands last name?

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    1. Valera

      I'm soon going to give birth to my baby girl, when filling out the paperwork/birth certificate info so I put my current name(maiden name) or my husbands last name?

      You can put either last name or hyphenate, in any order.

      Reply
  21. Brenda Conley

    Hi my name is Brenda Jackson on my Social Security card wishes is my married name but i want to change it back to my birth name without a divorce will I be able to do that without a divorce

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    1. Valera

      Hi Brenda. If you've already changed your name on your social security card, you must get a court order to change it again.

      Reply
  22. Maria Girlie

    Hi there!
    I married in the Philippines but got divorced in Hongkong.
    I came here in US using my married passport as I haven't amended yet.
    I got married here a year ago and since my married passport was my only valid ID to used it in getting married plus the divorced decree I presented but still they used my married passport on my marriage certificate! My husbands petition for me was already approved and were just waiting to receive my green card approval. My concern is if I got my GC will it be automatically on my husbands surname ? If that's the case my name on my passport and GC name was different. I have plan to take vacation if get my GC will it be a big trouble for me coming back /entering US? What documents I need so that they won't questions me? Do I need to get affidavit from Philippine Consulate stating those names are one person even I have my divorced certificate?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      My concern is if I got my GC will it be automatically on my husbands surname ?

      Most likely.

      I have plan to take vacation if get my GC will it be a big trouble for me coming back /entering US? What documents I need so that they won't questions me?

      Having a name mismatch on your passport and green card shouldn't be a problem as long as you provide supporting documentation showing your name change history, such as making sure you bring a certified copy of your marriage certificate with you, along with your green card.

      Do I need to get affidavit from Philippine Consulate stating those names are one person even I have my divorced certificate?

      For entering the U.S., that shouldn't be necessary, although more supporting documentary evidence is always better than less.

      Reply
  23. Elizabeth

    I was recently divorced after my ex husband refused for years. Well in the divorce they gave me my maiden name back, do I have to change my paperwork to my maiden name in order to get married?

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    1. Valera

      do I have to change my paperwork to my maiden name in order to get married?

      No, you do not.

      Reply
  24. What to do!

    Hello,

    I was married for 12 years but never legally changed my maiden name; I just took his name as mine. We are now divorced and he wants me to stop using his last name, is there anything that can stop him from making me drop his name.

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    1. Valera

      We are now divorced and he wants me to stop using his last name, is there anything that can stop him from making me drop his name.

      No, unless he can make the case that you're committing fraud and/or it's impacting him.

      Reply
  25. Kevin

    My wife changed her name when we got married and has updated her driver's license. We are selling her car but the title is in her maiden name. When we sign it over, should she sign the title in her new name or her maiden name. She does still have her passport in her maiden name so she could show the notary either her passport or her ID. We just don't want the buyer to have any difficulty with the DMV after the sale.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      We are selling her car but the title is in her maiden name. When we sign it over, should she sign the title in her new name or her maiden name.

      Maiden name.

      We just don't want the buyer to have any difficulty with the DMV after the sale.

      If you're concerned about this, you can provide the buyer a copy of your marriage record/certificate.

      Reply
  26. Phil Horvath

    Hello,
    We just got married and are taking a trip to Europe in the next 90 days. Can my wife wait to change her current maiden name (which is on her passport and other ID's) until after our trip ? Assuming their is no time limit after we got married (5/20/17) to make her name change correct ?
    Thank You

    Reply
    1. Valera

      an my wife wait to change her current maiden name (which is on her passport and other ID's) until after our trip ?

      Yes, she can wait to change her name until after the trip. This is elaborated on further in the maiden on passport article.

      Reply
  27. Shalayne

    Hi I recently got divorced and in my paper it said I want to resume Maiden name. If I change my mind can I keep my married name still even though I sign the papers?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      If I change my mind can I keep my married name still even though I sign the papers?

      Yes, you can keep your married name.

      Reply
      1. Shalayne

        Thank you. I just need to change my w2 to divorce right?

        Reply
        1. Valera

          Hi Shalayne. If your W2 doesn't match your current name, then you would need to have it changed.

          Reply
  28. Lyn

    I just recently change my last name to my marriage name and renew my Philippine passport, I got married here in state of Hawaii the DOH that's the place to file marriage and permit etc.. and told us you can keep your name or choose what you want to appear on our marriage certificate so I choose my mom middle name instead of my dad last name which is perfectly legal. But when I change my Phil. Passport it's going to be my name, my dad last name as my middle name and my husband last name, because it's the Philippine law to still use your dad last name as your middle name which is I don't know about it that's what the consulate told me. So now all my identity here in US are my name, my mom middle name, and my marriage last name. My question is where do I file a affidavit of discrepancy (one and the same person) over here or in Philippines? And where do I get this form?

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    1. Valera

      Hi Lyn. If you do a search for "affidavit of discrepancy form Philippines" you'll find a number of fill-in-the-blank templates that you can use.

      Reply
      1. Krezalyn Milligan

        Thank you. Is this going to be a big problem entering here in US? I use my mom middle name as my middle name,instead of my dad last name which is on my Philippine passport the Philippine consulate said its the law to always use your dad last name as your middle name. but I change my middle name legally here in Hawaii and I use my mom middle name I have legal documents to prove it. So my green card,ssn,bank accounts are under my name on our marriage certificate. Do I really need to file affidavit of discrepancy?. Do I need to hire a lawyer to? Mahalo

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        1. Valera

          Hi Krezalyn. If you have supporting documentation it shouldn't cause problems entering the U.S. The affidavit of discrepancy is something you'd file in the Philippines or through the consulate general. Hiring a lawyer is optional, although you can fill it out yourself.

          Reply
  29. Bobbie

    I got divorced a few years ago, but when I got married, I kept both my maiden AND married name on my license. I want to have just my maiden name.. I never changed my social security, so that still has my maiden name. I have a copy of my divorce papers, but getting a certified copy is difficult. I still have a certified copy of my marriage license. Can I use that to get them to take off my married name on my license? Because I'm technically providing then with proof of maiden name, plenty of it even my license has my maiden name…it's just that my license also has married name, but I don't want it on there anymore.. How could I go about getting that done, without having to go get a certified copy from court house of my divorce?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I still have a certified copy of my marriage license. Can I use that to get them to take off my married name on my license?

      Since it's not a married name change, it wouldn't be applicable.

      How could I go about getting that done, without having to go get a certified copy from court house of my divorce?

      Short of petitioning the court, I don't see a way around your predicament. Why are you facing difficulty getting a copy of your divorce decree?

      Reply
  30. Janice bentley

    If I get marry and take my huband name on the marry license . And still use my maid name for 3 year. Would it be a problem when I start using my huband name after

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  31. Marisol Alamos

    I will be getting married in October and I want to keep my maiden name & add my husbands last name to it. What I wanted to know is whether my future kids have to take my hyphenated last name or whether they can take just my husbands last name. And whether this will create any issues with school paper work since the kids wont have my exact last name. Also, will my legal signature on formal documents have to have my full hyphenated last name? or can I initial my maiden name & write out my husbands last name?

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    1. Valera

      What I wanted to know is whether my future kids have to take my hyphenated last name or whether they can take just my husbands last name.

      Either.

      And whether this will create any issues with school paper work since the kids wont have my exact last name.

      It's not likely to be much of an issue.

      Also, will my legal signature on formal documents have to have my full hyphenated last name? or can I initial my maiden name & write out my husbands last name?

      Full legal name.

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      1. Marisol Alamos

        Thank you for your feedback, I also came across your blog about taking the maiden name as a middle name, so that's more than likely what I will do rather than hyphenating. Thank you so much for you help!

        Reply
  32. Stav L

    Hi there,
    I'd like to get married and change my last name to my spouse's on the marriage certificate… however, we are traveling in a month abroad for the summer and I'm not sure I'll have enough time to change my name on my passport, ss, and other necessary documents… if I change my name on the marriage certificate, but keep my maiden name on all other documents for the time being– would that cause problems during my travels abroad? Should we just wait to get married when we return? Thank you for your help! I can't find this answer anywhere.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      if I change my name on the marriage certificate, but keep my maiden name on all other documents for the time being– would that cause problems during my travels abroad?

      No.

      Should we just wait to get married when we return? Thank you for your help! I can't find this answer anywhere.

      You can get married now and just wait to change your identification after your travels.

      Reply
  33. Penny

    I have been divorced for over 20 years and would like to go back to using my maiden name. I kept my married name so my children and I would have the same last name. Now they are grown and I would like my maiden name back. What do I have to do to make that legal?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Penny. If your divorce decree included an order restoring your maiden name, then you could use that document to effect a name change. Otherwise, you'll have to petition the court.

      Reply
  34. Wendy bidwell

    Hi im currently seperated from my husband i want to call my self by my maiden name can i just do so or do i have to do it leagly

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Wendy. Such usage would only be informal. In legal contexts you'll want to continue use your current name.

      Reply
  35. Mary VanSkiver

    Hello, I have seen a lot of women using their maiden name hyphenated with their married name. This seems to be fad or trend. I am wondering if that practice is legal.
    If not, what legal repercussions could they encounter?

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  36. Lene Grâce

    Hi Im in Canada gave birth to a baby boy.I did the registration online 4 in 1 package at present after 2 weeks I recieved a letter from the Registration office saying Mothers name at the time of baby birth. I used my maiden name to register online for my baby and as of now still using my ex husbands name. They asked my social insurance # too during the registration.Do u think it will affect my papers here as Im still using my married name? Its just these one I used my maiden name for registering my baby online.Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Lene. You're fine. You're allowed to use your maiden name or current name when registering your child's birth.

      Reply
  37. Sunny

    Hello,

    I am hoping someone can help me out here. I got married 3 years ago, I have changed my name on my social security but have not updated my driver's license in CA. Is this going to be a problem? I also file my taxes jointly with my husband as my new married name which matches my social security but does not match my driver's license..

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Sunny. You're fine, but you'll have to change it when it's time to renew.

      Reply
  38. T

    Hello, I am hoping you can answer my question. My mother, in her creative glory gave me a two word first name, middle name, and last name. Ex (not my name): Jane Rae Jones Smith. My credit report shows inquiries from 6 variations of my name, the most common being the spacing between the 2nd word of my first name and my middle name ex: Jane Raejones Smith. When I filled out the marriage certificate I opted to lose the Rae and Jones and change it to "rose" but I haven't been to the dmv or ss office to do so, all my documentation have stayed the same. My broker took it upon himself, even though I told him it wasn't changed yet, to put Jane Rae Lynn *husbands last name* on all of our documents for the loan. At first I was hoping I could just bring in the marriage license with the name change on it for them to view, but the name listed for "after marriage" doesn't have the 'Rae Lynn' on it. What is going to happen to this? Are we going to have to redo our loan?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      When I filled out the marriage certificate I opted to lose the Rae and Jones and change it to "rose" but I haven't been to the dmv or ss office to do so, all my documentation have stayed the same.

      First name change using your marriage certificate isn't possible.

      At first I was hoping I could just bring in the marriage license with the name change on it for them to view, but the name listed for "after marriage" doesn't have the 'Rae Lynn' on it.

      That's not important, as name change on a marriage certificate isn't binding. You don't have to follow through with it.

      What is going to happen to this? Are we going to have to redo our loan?

      Name misspellings can be a problem. This shouldn't be ignored. Contact your broker to determine if a fix is necessary.

      Reply
  39. Annek.

    Hello,

    I am confused what to do.i am filipina married to a us citizen for almost a year now and updated some of my documents valid I.ds . My problem is we wants to apply for a visa. Would it be okay if my passport is still under my maiden name while most of my valid ids are updated ( husband's surname).? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Annek. You can keep your passport name as-is, although you may want to look into filing an surname affidavit of discrepancy.

      Reply
  40. Rosemary

    I was married in 2015. Second marriage. Changed my name to current husband's on social security, nothing else. I changed my mind and would like to go back to my first husband's last name. What do I need to do? I just recently renewed my passport with first husband's name with no problem.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Rosemary. In order to change it with the SSA, you'd have to get a court order.

      Reply
  41. Leena

    Hey my name is leena and I have a bank account on my maiden name and my aadhar card is after marriage name and due to strict rules we need to link aadhar to bank account I don't know what to do.

    Reply
  42. Chris

    Hello. I am a widow for many years. When I married, I did the hyphenated thing and added his last name. I never changed things with SS. Since then, I dropped his last name on my Illinois DL by showing his death certificate. In 4 years I will apply for his SS benefits. Am I legit? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Chris. Not changing your name with the SSA does not invalidate a previous marriage, if that's what you're asking. If you're referring to something else, please clarify.

      Reply
  43. Julie hamilton

    I've been divorced for 12 years. Now that my girls are married- I want to go back to my maiden name. Does this affect alimony checks, getting ex's social security at 62+? Could I still cash checks that are in my married name once I change I change my name? Do I have to change everything/ my mortgage too?

    Can you have 2 names- legally married name and maiden!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I want to go back to my maiden name. Does this affect alimony checks, getting ex's social security at 62+? Could I still cash checks that are in my married name once I change I change my name?

      Yes, you typically can. The details would have to be worked out with your bank. They may want you to endorse the check with both your married and maiden name.

      Do I have to change everything/ my mortgage too?

      It's a good idea to update your records to reflect your legal name. The consequence for not doing so varies between institutions.

      Can you have 2 names- legally married name and maiden!

      No, you can only have one legal name at a time.

      Reply
  44. Dana

    Hello,
    I am thinking of keeping my maiden name and adding his last name to it, without the hyphen, when we get married. I understand that I would be able to use the last names interchangeably and would like to continue to use my maiden name at work to make things easier. I do know that I would have to sign all legal documents with both last names. I am a notary at work so I know I would have to sign both last names for that. I am a signer on the checking account at work as well and I am wondering if I could continue to sign my maiden name when I sign checks or would I have to sign both last names? Thank you in advance!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I am a signer on the checking account at work as well and I am wondering if I could continue to sign my maiden name when I sign checks or would I have to sign both last names?

      That's up to your bank/employer. You'll have to consult with them.

      Reply
  45. Roxanna

    I married last year and changed my name on the marriage certificate. From there I only changed it with the DMV but haven't with Social Security nor my passport. Can I still keep my maiden with the two latter documents or do I need to change it to my married name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Roxanna. You aren't required to change it, but when it comes time to renew your driver's license you'll be facing a name mismatch problem.

      Reply
  46. Honelyn

    Hi valera…i got married 2 years ago but i haven't yet change my surname in all my documents(sss, passport, philhealth etc.)maybe i'll change it when i have time but for now i am applying for work in government institution and requires me to fill up application form..will i use my maiden surname or my husband's surname..one more thing that bothers me is that will i write single or married in "civil status"?..thank you in advance!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      will i use my maiden surname or my husband's surname.

      Maiden name.

      one more thing that bothers me is that will i write single or married in "civil status"?

      Well, your true status is married, so that's what would make sense.

      Reply
  47. Jelly

    Hi im jelly i was separated with my husband..then now i want to use again my maiden name…what would i do..???

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Jelly. If you're only separated, and not divorced, you'll have to petition the court to restore your maiden name.

      Reply
  48. Amy

    I do not want to change my name w/social security because I don't want to change my name on professional licenses. However I do want to change my name on my driver's license and go by my married name socially. Is that ok? And if so, can I still sign the marriage license with my husband's name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      However I do want to change my name on my driver's license and go by my married name socially. Is that ok?

      In most cases, you must change your name with the SSA before updating your driver's license. This is because the driver's license office may perform a lookup against the SSA database and a name mismatch will be flagged.

      And if so, can I still sign the marriage license with my husband's name?

      Are you referring to the marriage license application or the certificate of marriage?

      Reply
  49. Teresa

    Good morning-
    I got married in Oct of 2016 my marriage certificate has my husbands last name. I have not changed my last name with SS as of yet, nor have i renewed my drivers license which is up for renewal as of this month.
    1. Is it feasible for me to renew my drivers licenses in my maiden name. 2. For professional reasons I would like to continue to use my last name and my married name. Is this doable? If so how should i sign legal documents?
    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      1. Is it feasible for me to renew my drivers licenses in my maiden name.

      Yes, as I presume your current name is still your maiden name.

      2. For professional reasons I would like to continue to use my last name and my married name. Is this doable?

      You could use it informally.

      If so how should i sign legal documents?

      Legal documents must be signed using your current legal name.

      Reply
  50. Valentina

    I changed my last name about a week ago but want to add my maiden name as a middle name now. Can i still do it?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Valentina. If you've already changed it with the SSA or DMV, they'll require a court order to modify it again.

      Reply
  51. Courtney

    Good Evening,
    My husband and I got married 3 years ago and I never took his name however now that we have a child together I'd like to change it. I never changed it because I am a doctor and want to continue to use my maiden name professionally. Do I have to have my maiden name included in my new "legal" name in order to be able to continue to use it professionally? Any and all information is greatly appreciated!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Do I have to have my maiden name included in my new "legal" name in order to be able to continue to use it professionally?

      No, as this is an employer and licensing board issue. You'll have to make arrangements with them to commence using a professional alias.

      Reply
  52. Ruby

    I need to request new certificate of employments from my previous employers which that time I was single. Now that I'm married and using my husband's surname, do I need to ask them to provide me latest certificate of employment on my new name or can they still use my maiden name-which they have in their records? Do I also need to change my professional ID to my married surname?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Ruby. Your previous employer is likely to only provide the record they have on file, unless you specifically ask for an updated document. The old should suffice, considering it's your ex-employer. I don't know what you're referring to when you say "professional ID." Are you talking about your workplace ID?

      Reply
  53. Jane

    Good night,

    I got a divorce from my first husband, and re-marry again in Texas. I signed my name on the marriage certificate using my ex husbands last name which is my legal name as written in my passport. Now my current husband is filing for me to become a US resident. Can I fill out USCIS application form using my ex husband last name, being that is the name in my passport? Can I keep my ex husband last name for SSN, and other important documents and use my current husband last name socially? How will using my ex husband last name impact on my green card, filing income tax and later apply for citizenship. I found it really hard to give up my ex husband last name being that we were married for 27 years and my children has the same last name. There was nothing in the court order to go back to my maiden name. How will using my ex last name affects me when its time to file joint income tax with my current husband? Do I have to change my passport to my current husband last name? When travelling international do I book my ticket with the name in my passport or my current married name? Please spread some light on this for me. Thank you very much for your response.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Can I fill out USCIS application form using my ex husband last name, being that is the name in my passport?

      Yes.

      Can I keep my ex husband last name for SSN, and other important documents and use my current husband last name socially?

      Yes.

      How will using my ex husband last name impact on my green card, filing income tax and later apply for citizenship.

      It wouldn't.

      How will using my ex last name affects me when its time to file joint income tax with my current husband?

      It wouldn't affect you. Your last name and marital filing status aren't related.

      Do I have to change my passport to my current husband last name?

      No.

      When travelling international do I book my ticket with the name in my passport or my current married name?

      Passport name.

      Reply
  54. Sebrina

    Hello

    I've been married since August 2016 and I hyphenated my maiden name with married name (e.g. Jane Sam-Stewart) my green card and passport is still in my maiden name , but my SSA is in my new name and most of my banks cards would it be an issue with Using not changing my green card and passport right away to my new name or can I still travel with maiden name until I decide to change my GC and PP?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Sebrina. You should still be able to travel fine as long as you make sure the name on your tickets match what's on your passport.

      Reply
  55. Betty Gray

    I am 64 years old and want to keep my maiden name for legal situations while using my married name in social situations. Is this possible?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Betty. Yes, you can accomplish that precisely as you'd laid out.

      Reply
  56. Nikki

    My "husband" and I had a ceremony and we're married but did not submit any paperwork or anything to state that we were legally married. This is a long story but can be summed up by money hungry ex looking to fatten a child support check for kids who call me mom. That being said, I want my husband's last name. Should I include my maiden name (ex. Smith-Williams) or just drop my name? If I include my name, do I still need to change my legal documents?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      we're married but did not submit any paperwork or anything to state that we were legally married

      Are you referring to a common-law marriage?

      Reply
  57. Melisa

    I recently changed my name after I got married last month. We purchased a house together last year, so my maiden name is on the deed of the house. Am I required to change my last name on the deed? Our lawyer is charging $295 for the name change and for the county recording (we are in IL). Also, I purchased a car last year in March and never received the title. It says online it costs $95 to get an official copy of my title in order to change the name on it. Is it necessary to change my last name on the title? I changed my last name on my auto loan already.

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Am I required to change my last name on the deed?

      No, you're not required to change it.

      I purchased a car last year in March and never received the title. It says online it costs $95 to get an official copy of my title in order to change the name on it. Is it necessary to change my last name on the title?

      You'll have to take that up with the SOS. Since you'd have to update your driver's license, you could do the title at the same time.

      Reply
  58. Kristen

    I recently got married in CA and had them change my last name to my married name. I had intended to also change my middle name to my maiden name and completely forgot during the paperwork.

    Here is a generic example of what I am talking about:
    Maiden Name: Mary Lynn Smith
    Marriage Certificate Name: Mary Lynn White
    Intended Name: Mary Smith White

    Is my legal name change with social security dependent of what is listed on my marriage certificate? If so, is it too late to change it? I basically want to drop my middle name altogether but not sure if I can now.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Kristen. In California, it goes by what's on your certificate, so you're looking at having to petition the court to modify your middle name after the fact.

      Reply
  59. shortcake 58

    I was married 25 years and got divored but kept my ex last name now I'm remarried and have my husband last name on SS card and driver's license bank accounts but not up dated some other accounts can I leave some Credit cards in ex last name ?

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  60. Christine

    Can an employer require the usage of an employee's maiden name on employment documents, such as an employment contract, even though the employee is married and assumed her husband's last name? Does it make a difference if the name after marriage is: Jane Maiden or Jane Maiden Married or Jane Married Maiden?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Christine. I don't understand how or why they'd want to enforce this. For tax purposes, they'd be filing under a name that wouldn't match what the IRS has on file.

      Reply
  61. Maria Reyes

    Hi my name is Maria Reyes I am legally married but have not changed my last name in my passport, social security, and license we will soon baptize my son and they asked me if I wanted my husbands last name on the certificate. I am fine with this as maybe in the future I will eventually change my last name as we have been married for 10 years. My only concern is if I can do this?

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  62. Jenny

    I'm getting married and I'm now getting my fiance's last name, but I don't want to change any of my identification documents just yet because we're both still in school and it's just too much paperwork right now. Is it okay that I leave everything under my maiden name for about 3 more years? And if it is okay, for fasfa can I also do this while still putting that I'm married?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Is it okay that I leave everything under my maiden name for about 3 more years?

      Yes, that wouldn't be a problem.

      And if it is okay, for fasfa can I also do this while still putting that I'm married?

      Yes.

      Reply
  63. Shavera Campbell

    i have been married since 2015 to a woman and i am also a woman. i changed my last name to hers and i am still working under my maiden name and filing taxes as single/head of household in my maiden name as well. me n my spouse has been separated for a year but still married even tho we never really made any legal separation. we are just working on us. is this is illegal

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Shavera. Did you actually go through a formal name change? If not, then it would make sense for you to continue filing in your maiden name. Since you're married, the marital status when filing should have been as married.

      Reply
      1. Shavera Campbell

        i have a social and license in my married name. i didnt want to use my married name for work which is what led to my taxes still being in my maiden name as well. if i file separated on taxes they want me to be legally separated. if i file married they want her info and we are not on that page as of now.

        Reply
        1. Shavera Campbell

          but twist is i also have an id and ss with my maiden name so thats how ive been getting by with no issues. when my id expires then me n spouse would know by then if we are going to be together or not and whether i have to renew the license with the married name or work on just switching it back to my maiden.

          Reply
        2. Valera

          Hi Shavera. Presumably the IRS has your married name on file, as it would match the SSA's record. When you're filing with your maiden name, a name mismatch would occur and would have to handled by an automated or manual process. This doesn't necessarily mean it'll result in a rejection, but it has to be accommodated. Apparently, yours have just been accommodated.

          Reply
  64. Leena Dhar Kaul

    Hi I have a question I have a daughter who married an American. She decided to keep her maiden name as her middle name. Can she still renew her drivers license and passport in her maiden name only?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Leena. If she changes her name with the SSA and the DMV queries the SSA's database, they'll likely want the names to match.

      Reply
  65. Debbie Eckardt

    Hi, I have been married for 30 years, and want to add my maiden name back because my husbands name is so hard to pronounce "Eckardt" and spell! Ha! My maiden name, "Courtney" I always loved!
    So if I just start adding it as my middle name, do I legally need to change everything? I don't care if my social security card, drivers licence, bank, etc. statement is in my legal husbands last name, my concern is just with convenience, socially, and I just miss my name,mostly in social situations, after all I identify with being Debbie Courtney.
    My husband does not have any issues, he understands his name is hard to spell, (everybody wants to put in an H) pronounce, etc. and says to go ahead. Can this be a problem?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Debbie. If you're just using it in social situations, you don't have to undergo a formal name change.

      Reply
  66. Melissa

    Hi Valera,

    I am very confused as to what to do. I went through a divorce in 2013, in which my lawyer filed a name change decree which was approved by the judge, so that I could use my maiden name. Due to other issues, I never changed my name back to my maiden name with social security on my license. For most purposes, I still use my married name. I am planning to purchase a home. Should I continue using my married name which is on my ss card and id, or is it too late to get them changed back to my maiden name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Melissa. It's not too late to use your divorce decree to restore your maiden name. If your home purchase is imminent, you should factor in the processing time it would take to complete your name change.

      Reply
  67. Vrushali

    Hi,
    Can i keep mu maiden surname on all legal documents like PAN card, driving license, passport, bank accounts even if i have changed my name legally by doing a gazette.
    Can i continue using my maiden name will it have any legal implication in future

    Reply
      1. Vrushali

        so I will not face any legal implication while claiming a property which is on my maiden name

        Reply
  68. Ana

    Hello, all is f the above are very useful but I have a question.
    I was recently sent a chance to cover miss sold PPI for a crefit card I had taken out in my maiden name many years ago.
    I went to HSBC with birth cert, marriage cert and passport plus letters from the finance company it they would not allow me to pay in the checks. I am worried if I sent them back to the originator that they may take ages to reissue. Is there anything else I can do?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Ana. What was the reason given? Did they require additional supporting identity documents?

      Reply
  69. Ms Taylor

    So my daughter applied for Fasa and has appealed it -when she first applied I used my maiden name (had nothing changed)but about a few months ago I just changed to my married name and I've been using my maiden name still when signing papers -well she has now appealed Fasa /financial aid for assistants for college funds and i just realized I sign with my maiden name and not married and submitted the appeal(all docs had my maiden name ) – and I've changed my name with the dmv and SS office – do you think this will matter ?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Ms. Taylor. I doubt it would cause a problem, since your parental information is linked to your social security number. However, it is possible for her to update her FAFSA profile.

      Reply
  70. Stephen Cutler

    My daughter is listed in my Last Will and Testament (in Florida) with her "married" name but she has been separated using her "maiden" name for over 5 years. Her US Passport uses her maiden name. Is it necessary for me to do a Codicil making the change from her married name back to her maiden name (my last name)?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Stephen. You won't have to change your daughter's name in your last will and testament as long as she's able to prove she's the beneficiary. Her marriage certificate would be sufficient proof.

      Reply
  71. Ilisa

    Hello,

    I recently got married in NYC, and checked the box on the marriage license application to change my last name to my husband's last name. Since we've gotten married (and gotten our official marriage certificate, which indicates I have a new last name), I haven't changed my name anywhere else…and I'm not sure I want to. Am I legally obligated to, or would there be ramifications if I didn't, change my name in certain places (SS card, passport, driver's license, bank, any others)? Is it possible to just keep my husband's name legally/on my marriage license, but NOT change it anywhere else? Would that cause problems for me down the line? (Filing taxes, etc.?) Thanks in advance for your help.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Am I legally obligated to, or would there be ramifications if I didn't, change my name in certain places

      No, you're not required to follow through with the name change.

      Is it possible to just keep my husband's name legally/on my marriage license, but NOT change it anywhere else?

      Yes.

      Would that cause problems for me down the line? (Filing taxes, etc.?)

      No, it won't be a problem.

      Reply
  72. Reni

    My maiden name not changed after marriage. I have applied for a green card in 2007. DS 140 form also is in my maiden name.whether I should change My sir name for further processes. I have one experience from my previous employer having sir name of my husband. ,mam I would like to know whether it will be a problem during my visa interview .please tell me whether I should change My maiden name and add my husband's sir name in all documents .

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Reni. If you're asking if you must change your surname to your husband's, then the answer is no. If you're asking something else, please clarify.

      Reply
  73. Rosalind

    I am getting married in Oct and I was thinking about keeping my maiden name as well as take his last name . example ( missy short long) I take care of my father and in his Will I am left with everything. i was wondering if by me keeping my madien name and along with my married name, My name is on the deed of the house but with my birth name. do I have to change it to say my madien and married name. Can I use both names in the future without changing anything?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Rosalind. You wouldn't have to have the name on the deed changed as long as you can verify your identity, which shouldn't be a problem.

      Reply
  74. Amy G

    I think you've already answered this but basically I CA whe I went to do marriage license I did not intend to take my fiances last name as I have my own business under my current name The clerk basically talked me into moving my current last name to my married middle name and taking my fiances last name because she said if I wanted to do it sometime later it would be really difficult to not have it on this doc. I have been freaking out since this point and my questions are

    1. When we have the marriage solemnized does that mean the new name on the bottom is my legal name? (The part I filled out with my maiden name as middle and his name as last)

    2. Can I write in or change the doc before the wedding as I really don't want to change my name at all?

    3. When we have the doc solemnized is the onus solely on me to enact the legal name change by updating it with social security?

    I guess I'm confused because surely this marriage certificate gets filed somewhere and your new name gets put in some system?

    Thank you in advance for your answer; I have been worried sick

    Reply
    1. Valera

      1. When we have the marriage solemnized does that mean the new name on the bottom is my legal name? (The part I filled out with my maiden name as middle and his name as last)

      No, it'll just give you the option if you choose to change it.

      2. Can I write in or change the doc before the wedding as I really don't want to change my name at all?

      No, you shouldn't alter the issued license. You can return to the clerk and request it be amended.

      3. When we have the doc solemnized is the onus solely on me to enact the legal name change by updating it with social security?

      Yes, if you don't initiate the name change, nothing changes.

      I guess I'm confused because surely this marriage certificate gets filed somewhere and your new name gets put in some system?

      Once it's returned, it'll get registered as a vital record. But the clerk doesn't know nor care if you follow through with the name change. It's not their concern.

      Reply
  75. Kris

    Hi…I recently got re married….all my photo id has my old married last name…including the deed to my house…can I hyfinate my new married name to my old one. So the name on my deed is still part of me. Or do I have to change everything?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Kris. As long as you're able to verify the name on the deed is you, it really doesn't matter what you change your name to.

      Reply
  76. Mariz

    Good day! I'm married for more than a year already but I haven't gone through the process of changing to my married name and haven't updated my marital status to "Married" in any of my documents (bank account, drivers license etc). Even my passport is still under my maiden name and I applied for it when I was single. But I do have my marriage certificate already, I just didn't have the time to update my documents. So my questions are, if for example I want to apply for a Visa (for Tourism purposes only):
    1. Should I indicate my married or maiden name in the application?
    2. Should I still declare myself as "single" in the marital status or should I already indicate "married" even though I haven't updated any of my documents yet?
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      1. Should I indicate my married or maiden name in the application?

      Maiden, since you haven't changed it.

      2. Should I still declare myself as "single" in the marital status or should I already indicate "married" even though I haven't updated any of my documents yet?

      Married. Marital status doesn't have anything to do with your name.

      Reply
  77. Lisa Kennedy

    I filed my maiden name back with SS with the divorce decree. Regret now for not having the same last name as my school aged children, When I call their DR, i use my married name, as well as phone calls to school..My Question is can I get in trouble for using my married name casually,? On documents with school I sign my legal name sometimes adding the married name to the end of it is that a problem? Maybe throw a little fka on top of that?:) Thanks fro answering all these important questions for people. Many people call/write my married name knowing I changed it back to maiden, including my kids so i know its important to them.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Lisa. Since you're not trying to commit fraud or avoid debts by using your previous name, it's fine to use casually.

      Reply
  78. Tyler

    My fiancee is unsure about changing her name at the moment. Is it possible that she writes down her future last name, and just doesn't change it until she feels like it, even if it's years down the road? Will that make the marriage license illegitimate? Could she just use the marriage license with here "future" last name to change it any time down the road? Thanks a ton!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Is it possible that she writes down her future last name, and just doesn't change it until she feels like it, even if it's years down the road?

      Yes, she could do precisely that.

      Will that make the marriage license illegitimate?

      No, it wouldn't have any negative impact.

      Reply
  79. Esther

    Hi,

    The CA dmv gave me a new license with my husband's last name. My social security card is still my maiden name. Now I am getting a divorce and trying to get my passport. I need my new drivers license with my maiden name but the lady wouldn't do it because my old drivers license has my husband's name even though my social security says my maiden name and also on the dmv computer it says my husband's Last name AKA my maiden name. Should I just go back to a different dmv and see if someone else will do it? I don't have time to wait for the name change documents.

    Reply
  80. Heather A

    Hello,

    When we got married I signed my new name as a hyphen of maiden-husbands last name.

    I have since decided for several reasons to keep my maiden name and just go by his last name in social situations. Do I need to get a new marriage certificate? Can I not change any other legal document and my marriage certificate and documents be legal? Thank you in advance. I have not done any name change except on the marriage certificate.

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    1. Valera

      I have since decided for several reasons to keep my maiden name and just go by his last name in social situations. Do I need to get a new marriage certificate?

      No, you don't need a new certificate.

      Can I not change any other legal document and my marriage certificate and documents be legal?

      Yes, that's fine.

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