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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.

If you do intend to legally change your name while continuing to use your maiden name for other purposes, our online name change forms can help you to complete the process.

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.

The DBA approach may also be reversed, by registering a fictitious business name or trade name in your maiden name, while formally changing to your new married name on your personal credentials.

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 social security card and 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!

2,757 Comments

  1. Becky

    Hi,
    I got married at a young age and didn't realize my maiden name changed to my husband's last name after marriage. For years I've been using my maiden name when signing documents, bank accounts etc. I'm not sure what to do now. Should I continue using my maiden name or do I legally have to use my husband's last name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I got married at a young age and didn't realize my maiden name changed to my husband's last name after marriage.

      What's the basis of your saying you changed it? Your marriage certificate, social security card, driver's license, or a combination thereof?

      Reply
  2. Jody

    This is going to sound stupid but I have a hyphenated first name. I never used the second name. I am having my ss card and my drivers license name changed so they match. Should I use it? And since it is only on my birth certificate is that enough documentation to have it changed?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Should I use it? And since it is only on my birth certificate is that enough documentation to have it changed?

      If the name on file with the SSA is hyphenated, it won't be changed without a court order. Same with your driver's license.

      Reply
  3. Tanya Salmon-Green

    Hello, I got married about a year ago and changed my name to reflect my husband's last name Green on my ssc and citizenship/ passport. However, I own a property in my maiden name. Now i use my maiden-married name. Is that ok? or will i get in trouble for using both maiden and marital name on documents (since i legally removed my maiden name on ssc & passport). I'm wondering if i can keep both my maiden name and marital name on my driver's license (FL) now.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Tanya. These sort of name mismatches have a way of eventually catching up with you. It's one thing to use an alternative name informally. It's another to do so on official documents.

      As for your driver's license, when it comes time to renew they'll likely perform a search against SSA records and they'll come across your current name. If that happens, your license must be updated to reflect your legal name.

      Reply
  4. Kelly

    Hi got married and tuck. My. Husband last name but we have split up and I changed my last name back to my madam name by deepoll us that ok to do

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Kelly. Could you please rephrase your question? I'm not sure what you're asking?

      Reply
  5. Maria

    I got married in 2014, changed my name everywhere, except US GC and my foreign passport (those still bear my maiden name). Never before had I any problems with that.

    Now this year I'm finalizing a divorce. Not planning to change back, because of too much paperwork.

    Question: if I wish to remarry anytime down the road, will I be able to do it under my maiden name with my passport, where it never changed? And still keep the name from my current marriage after remarrying, as I don't wish to change US documents?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      if I wish to remarry anytime down the road, will I be able to do it under my maiden name with my passport, where it never changed?

      It may be possible. It depends on the state's marriage license requirements as it pertains to identification. Many states leave ID decisions up to the marriage licensing officer. Foreign passports are typically accepted as-is without much problem.

      And still keep the name from my current marriage after remarrying, as I don't wish to change US documents?

      You don't have to change your name regardless.

      Reply
  6. Karen

    Hi – i got marrried in 2017 in nyc and i hyphenated my last name on my marriage certificate to CRUZ-RIVERA (my last name is cruz and my husband is Rivera).

    i have not changed my name in my SS, DMV, passport, etc, all my paperwork reads CRUZ. HOWEVER, i recently submitted a renewal for my permanent green card (since it’s about to expire) with my first name and new hyphenated name CRUZ-RIVERA.

    I am scheduled for my biometircs and i want to know if this will be an issue? Or do i need to go to SS office to legally change my name?

    Now I’m wondering if i made a mistake and i should have renewed my green card with my name before marriage – not sure if it’s too late to do this? I also need to get a new permit at the DMV and I’m debating wether to leave it with just cruz (Can i do this?) any input is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Karen. Your green card takes precedence. The Social Security Administration can change the name in their records to match the green card, not the other way around. Same with the driver's license.

      Reply
      1. Karen

        Hi Valera, thank you for your prompt response. i just want to make sure i then filled out my green card application correctly. It asks “Has your namei legally changed my name since the issuance of your permanent resident card.” I indicated yes since i did get married and i listed the name on my marriage license. I have not gone to the SS office for a name change yet. Am i required to do this? Or can i leave my paperwork as is?

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        1. Valera

          I indicated yes since i did get married and i listed the name on my marriage license.

          That's proper.

          I have not gone to the SS office for a name change yet. Am i required to do this? Or can i leave my paperwork as is?

          You can, but then you'll have to juggle this name mismatch.

          Reply
  7. Lori Ortiz

    I have been divorced 8 years and when we had married I used First Maiden Husband’s Last Name. Now, I am buying property and building a new home. I no longer wish to use his last name. Can I legally use my First Maiden name to purchase the property? Time is of essence- putting in the bid ASAP. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Lori. You'll want to consult with whoever is handling the purchase for you. A name mismatch can hold things up, especially if your identification doesn't match what's on your credit report or bank statements.

      Reply
  8. Ashley Green

    I got married in 2015 and signed my Marriage License/Certificate requesting name change. The entire time I was married I continued using my maiden name for everything. When I got divorced I did not request a name change because I didn’t feel I needed to since I never went by my married name and none of my personal documents (besides marriage license) shows me having my married name. (Everything still shows my maiden name since that is what I had continued to use) Now that I’m wanting to get married again, am I going to have an issue?

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    1. Valera

      Now that I’m wanting to get married again, am I going to have an issue?

      It's not a problem, as your name was never changed.

      Reply
  9. Sarah

    I have a question my daughter is pregnant and she's married she's separated from her husband and got pregnant from her high school sweetheart come to find out he doesn't want anything to do with her or the baby. So my question is her can she give the baby her maddien name instead of her married name

    Reply
    1. Valera

      So my question is her can she give the baby her maddien name instead of her married name

      Yes, it's up to her.

      Reply
  10. Ohana

    Hi. Ive been married last 2008 but was seperated to my husband after 4 yrs. However, ive already used my married name at my drivers license and tin id. I just filed for a petition for annulment this 2018 but the process is still ongoing. I am planning to buy a house using my maiden name now, using my passport as identification that also contains my maiden name, Is it possible that i request that my name be changed back to my maiden name now for my tin no. to be able to buy the property under my maiden name?

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    1. Valera

      Is it possible that i request that my name be changed back to my maiden name now for my tin no. to be able to buy the property under my maiden name?

      You'd have to present a document to justify the change, such as a court order

      Reply
  11. Aries

    Hi, both my husband and I are from west Africa, I still bear my maiden name same as all my document. My husband is currently applying for nationalty in Spain and says I have to take his surname especially on my international passport. He says it s a requirement for the process. Cant a marriage certificate suffice?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Cant a marriage certificate suffice?

      Could you clarify what you're asking is sufficient?

      Reply
  12. Megan Duffy

    Hi! I am a Doctor with my own private practice for 12 years. I am divorced but never changed my name. I am getting remarried next January and am thinking of taking my new husbands last name. But I do not want to change my professional name.

    I have licenses in my last name and all of my personal bank accounts which several are used for my small practice are in my last name. What do I need to change to use my husbands last name in my regular life but still keep my maiden name professionally?

    How do I file taxes if my business is a sole proprietorship in my maiden name but then I’d have a different legal name and we would file jointly? Honestly do I even need to change anything to just use his name? Can I change my DL with his name and just leave my SS # and all of my other things as is with my maiden name?

    I want to use his name but I don’t want to screw up all of my stuff and make things very difficult for myself if I change some things and not others.

    I’m not sure if once you change a DL if you are required to then change your passport, SS card and all credit cards. Or will I need to use his name on the marriage license and just carry a copy of it with me always for when I travel or something to explain the different names on DL and passport.

    I’m in NJ. And this is not that easy like my fiancé thinks lol….this is why I didn’t ever change it the first time.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      What do I need to change to use my husbands last name in my regular life but still keep my maiden name professionally?

      You can contact your state's licensing board about the use of an alias. This way their internal records would cite your legal name change, but your professional license and credentials would remain the same.

      How do I file taxes if my business is a sole proprietorship in my maiden name but then I’d have a different legal name and we would file jointly?

      The name you use to file taxes would have to be in your legal name. Which name is on file with the SSA should be what's given to the IRS. You can file as married filing separately or married filing jointly.

      Honestly do I even need to change anything to just use his name?

      Name change isn't mandatory. You can opt to use your husband's name informally without making a change.

      Can I change my DL with his name and just leave my SS # and all of my other things as is with my maiden name?

      In all likelihood, the MVC won't change your name to something that doesn't match what the SSA has on file. This is why people tend to change their name on their social security card before their driver's license.

      I’m not sure if once you change a DL if you are required to then change your passport, SS card and all credit cards.

      You don't have to, but then you'll have to juggle two names across multiple credentials.

      Or will I need to use his name on the marriage license and just carry a copy of it with me always for when I travel or something to explain the different names on DL and passport.

      If you're not changing your name on your documents or passport, then there's no need to carry your marriage certificate. However, if you change your name on some documents (e.g., driver's license) and not others (e.g., passport), carrying your marriage certificate could explain the discrepancy.

      I’m in NJ.

      You may want to review the New Jersey name change page.

      Reply
  13. Leizle

    Hi im Philippines citizens and I’m divorced and annulled in my country… then I get re married through double proxy married in state of Montana USA. since I didn’t change my last name to my fathers maiden name after divorce and I’m using still my ex husband last name on my passport and marriage certificate now, is that having a problem to change my name? Im planning to use my husband last name now.. I was so confused what should I do

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I’m using still my ex husband last name on my passport and marriage certificate now, is that having a problem to change my name? Im planning to use my husband last name now

      No, it won't be a problem.

      Reply
  14. Temika

    Hello,

    I am getting married soon in Virginia. I would like to change my last name, but due to me being in school I want my degree to be in my maiden name. If you change your name before you graduate, are you allowed to put your maiden name on your degree for graduation?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      If you change your name before you graduate, are you allowed to put your maiden name on your degree for graduation?

      Maybe. That's entirely up to your school.

      Reply
  15. Viktorija

    Hi,

    I've been married for 5 years. I am a permanent resident and this year am applying for citizenship. I want to have my name changed before I become a citizen.
    Q: With having my name changed can I still use my old passport with my maiden name?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Valera

      With having my name changed can I still use my old passport with my maiden name?

      Yes, it'll remain valid.

      Reply
  16. Phyllis Chads

    Got married 8years ago.I changed most of my documents into my married name.I did not change my maiden name on my mortgaged property.. I am not sure if this is legal as it sounds like I have two identities.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I did not change my maiden name on my mortgaged property.. I am not sure if this is legal as it sounds like I have two identities.

      Although you don't have to change the name on your mortgage after marriage, doing so can eliminate complications down the road. For instance, if you need to switch your homeowner's insurance policy or refinance, you'll have to provide extra identity documentation to explain the name discrepancy.

      Reply
  17. Franchesca

    Hi! Do I have to change the name on all my documents (passport, drivers license, bank account, etc.) right after marriage? Or can I wait till let’s say my drivers license is expiring and only change my name when I renew? I just got my passport renewed and don’t really want to go back to get a new one.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Do I have to change the name on all my documents (passport, drivers license, bank account, etc.) right after marriage?

      You don't have to change them immediately or at all.

      Or can I wait till let’s say my drivers license is expiring and only change my name when I renew?

      Yes, but you'll want to update your social security card first.

      Reply
  18. Christy

    Hello! I don't know if this page is still updated. I got married last 2007 and Separated in 2009. Some of my documents are married name.

    I went back to school last 2009 and never change my married name status in my school information. I graduated 2011 using my Single name with the civil status Single.

    Last 2017 I enrolled to a different school with my transcript of my records from my previous school that has Single name with Single Status. As of this moment I am still using my single name and single status in school.

    I didn't bother changing it from my previous school because my annulment/divorced is ongoing already.

    Now I plan to apply a tourist visa using my married name and passport. Do you think I will have trouble if they found out Im a student using Single name with Single status?

    My friend told me today that she fear for my future because I didn't use my married name in school and my school documents are single name and in the future my record as a nurse will also be in trouble especially once I applied for abroad.

    What do you think? Please give me some advice. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Do you think I will have trouble if they found out Im a student using Single name with Single status?

      I'm not sure what country you're referring to. You should be fine if you can provide identity documents in your pre-marriage name. You may want to contact the office that will issue you your tourist visa to determine if you have a potential problem and what supporting documents are required to resolve it.

      Reply
  19. Yuliya

    Hello, I have a situation in which don’t know what to do. I got married last year but haven’t changed my maiden name yet including Green Card, but on marriage certificate I have my husbands last name.

    Now I want to apply for citizenship and question is: Should I first get a new Green Card with married name on it and then apply with marriage name , or I can still apply for citizenship with my maiden name and there is no need to change Green Card? Thank you

    Reply
    1. Valera

      can still apply for citizenship with my maiden name and there is no need to change Green Card

      You don't have to change your name on your green card or when you apply for citizenship just because your marriage certificate lists a new name.

      Reply
  20. Robin

    My ex husband obtained a secret divorce in another state by claiming he did not know where I was living. He is now remarried and I would like my maiden name back. The name change was not addressed in court since I did not know about the proceeding. I cannot afford to take this to court. Do I have any other options?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Robin. You may want to get in touch with an attorney. You could also contact the court where the divorce was finalized to request the divorce decree be amended to reinstate your maiden name.

      Reply
  21. Jessica Colon

    Hi, I’m soooo nervous I’m getting married! I dont want to change my last name but I also would like to have my fiancé’s what should I do (In NYC). Also do I HAVE to change my documents after gettin married (SSC,ID,ETC)?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I dont want to change my last name but I also would like to have my fiancé’s what should I do (In NYC).

      You can specify your partner's name on your marriage application, which'll be mirrored on the marriage certificate. This will give you the option to change your name down the line.

      Also do I HAVE to change my documents after gettin married (SSC,ID,ETC)?

      No, it's not required.

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      1. Jessica Colon

        So it’s not mandatory at all correct ? Because when I spoke to someone at the office she told me that I will have to change all of that. Someone else told me the same thing you did that it’s not required. Help please

        Reply
        1. Valera

          So it’s not mandatory at all correct

          It's not mandatory.

          Because when I spoke to someone at the office she told me that I will have to change all of that.

          Perhaps they were suggesting that if you changed one identity document, you'd be well off to update them all to avoid inconsistency.

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  22. Michelle

    Hi, I'm a physician who has practiced for many years as "first name" "Maiden name" "ex husband's last name". I did not go back to my maiden name when I divorced 12 years ago as I wanted to have the same name as my children. The kids are grown and now I am getting married and in a conundrum as to what to do with my name. I'll retire in 9-10 years and am well established in the medical community with the ex-husband's last name, but it just seems strange to keep his name now. But, changing my professional name now seems extremely difficult and probably not smart from a business standpoint.

    Is it possible to put four names on the new marriage certificate to keep my options open? first name, maiden name, ex husbands last name, new last name. I could go by the new last name socially, go by the ex husbands last name professionally for now, and keep my options open for changing altogether as I retire.

    I've heard that Medicare has strict rules about what name you use and perhaps other insurance companies do as well.

    If the four name thing works on the marriage certificate, then what do I do about Social security card, driver's license, passport, medical licenses, etc?

    Or, is it possible to "do business as" my current name, but actually change it for all of those things mentioned above? I live and work in Oregon.

    Advice?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Is it possible to put four names on the new marriage certificate to keep my options open? first name, maiden name, ex husbands last name, new last name.

      You could reposition your maiden name as your middle name. You could also combine your current last name with your spouse's current last name, separated by a hyphen or space.

      If this is what you're proposing, your sequence would work.

      and keep my options open for changing altogether as I retire.

      Whatever you specify as your new last name is what you'll be locking yourself into. If you later want to deviate from that, you'll have to go to court to change your name.

      If the four name thing works on the marriage certificate, then what do I do about Social security card, driver's license, passport, medical licenses, etc?

      You'll only deal with them when you decide to formally initiate a name change with those institutions.

      Or, is it possible to "do business as" my current name, but actually change it for all of those things mentioned above?

      Yes, that's an option.

      Reply
  23. Emily

    I just recently got married for the third time. Instead of taking my current husbands surname I’d like to go back to my maiden name. Is this possible with my divorce decree. Or will I be able to go to the social security office and revert back to maiden name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Is this possible with my divorce decree.

      Probably, although it wouldn't sync with your current marital status. If you were to do so, the decree would need to include a statement restoring your maiden name.

      Reply
  24. Hannah

    I got married a decade ago and didn't change my name, but now that we have kids in school I would like to. Can I still do this? If so, how long will the process take?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Can I still do this? If so, how long will the process take?

      Yes, there's no time limit for name change. How long it takes depends on how many documents you need to update and if you're doing them in parallel or consecutively. There's also the time between submitting your forms and getting your updated credentials.

      If you're only dealing with your social security card and driver's license, you could submit your paperwork within a day of each other. You'd get your updated social security card back in about a week or soon thereafter. The driver's license turnaround time varies by state and county.

      If you need to update your passport, tack on more time. Same for other agencies and nongovernmental sources.

      Reply
  25. Nova

    Question if I already change my name to Social Security and my Maryland state ID has my maiden name on it an I’m going to Atlantic City can I still use it

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  26. Ira Lacson

    Gud pm i just wanna ask about my mom’s case becase she is having here vacation this month of MAY for 3weeks in the philippines,her passport’s surname is her maiden name because the DFA assistant in USA old her to use her maiden name to avoid hassle in her renewal,

    she was divorced but didnt undergo any change surname,so her california id and etc is using her married surname,will there be a problem if her passport’s surname is different from her california id,but she has her documents even the divorce paper,whem she gets back to the US will my mother be hold due to that case even if she is a permanent residence in the US?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      will there be a problem if her passport’s surname is different from her california id

      No, that shouldn't be an issue.

      but she has her documents even the divorce paper,whem she gets back to the US will my mother be hold due to that case even if she is a permanent residence in the US?

      That's doubtful. If she carries her divorce decree with her, it'll tie the two names together. That'll explain the difference to anyone who inquires.

      Reply
  27. Jacqleen Elliott

    I was married and still am, but would like to change my name back to my maiden. I reside in Georgia, how do i go about this?

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    1. Jacqleen D Elliott

      Correction I am married and it seems silly to get anew passport due to name change.

      Reply
      1. Valera

        Hi Jacqleen. You can continue using your current passport.

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    2. Valera

      I reside in Georgia, how do i go about this?

      Submit a name change petition with the Georgia Superior Court. You can see the dedicated Georgia name change page for further details.

      Reply
  28. Doris Conley

    I was married 6 years ago I dropped my middle name and kept my last name for the middle name and took my husband name for my look at name do I have to change my private insurance policy I live in tenn. Uh

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Doris. It's a good idea to update your insurance documents to avoid identity questions down the line.

      Reply
  29. jane brenzel

    hi, i got married last month i took my husband's last name in the marriage certificate but i'm not ready to change my drivers license, ss, passport to my married name yet. is there a deadline for this?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      i'm not ready to change my drivers license, ss, passport to my married name yet. is there a deadline for this?

      There's no deadline. Take as much time as you need.

      Reply
  30. Laila Memoracion

    Hello I’m Laila I got married on 2015 but we broke up on 2017 can I still use my family name not my husband’s family name then if I use my family name I processe any documents What I apply it single or marriage ?plz help me !!!!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      can I still use my family name not my husband’s family name

      Did you ever formally change your name? If not, then you'd use your family name as if nothing has changed.

      then if I use my family name I processe any documents

      If you did change your name, you'll have to continue using your current name for legal purposes.

      What I apply it single or marriage

      I'm not sure what you're asking here.

      Reply
  31. Rohini

    I am having my marriage certificate with maiden name. My husband dont follow any surname along with his name. Now on birth certificate of my child mothers name include with followig fathers name so can I change name legally. Or i have to change birth certificate or any other solution. Please help me out.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Rohini. I'm not sure what you're asking. Are you trying to change the name on a birth certificate? Your child's birth certificate? Or are you trying to change your name to something that matches your marriage certificate or a birth certificate?

      Can you provide a before and after example of what you're trying to achieve.

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  32. Anna

    Hi! My parents (both Filipinos) were already divorced. My mom remarried but she retained her old married lastname in all her documents. Today, she is already an American citizen, and still uses the same lastname (she doesnt want to undergo all the hassles). However her employer indicated her new husband’s lastname in her employment certificate. They put it as EX-HUSBAND’S LASTNAME (hypen) NEW HUSBAND’S LASTNAME.

    The issue is, she invites us to visit her in the US. And as proof of income, she will provide the US embassy here in the Philippines her EMPLOYMENT CERTIFICATE. Would it be a problem if her employment cert. lastname differs from all her other documents? Will her new marriage certificate suffice? Any legal implication? Would the lastname difference affects our chance of getting the tourist visa?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Anna. Her marriage certificate might be enough to explain the name difference. Consider calling the U.S. embassy to inquire directly.

      Reply
  33. Pamela Kendrick

    I’m planning to change my name through a court order.

    I plan on changing my name on my drivers license, passport, credit cards.

    1. I have student loans I’m working to pay off. I don’t want to change my name on that account because it seems like a huge hassle for something that won’t stick with me (unlike a passport). Am I legally obligated to update my name with them?

    2. My passport is expired. Do I need to get my passport renewed with my current name first, and then update it with my new name? Or can I renew an expired passport and change the name on it at the same time?

    Thanks so much!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Am I legally obligated to update my name with them?

      You don't have update it if you prefer not to.

      Or can I renew an expired passport and change the name on it at the same time?

      You can do this at the same time.

      Reply
  34. Kristi Kay

    Can credit card companies know when you’ve changed your name before you tell them? I read that your new name and your old name are both on your credit history, so I wondered if cards ever ever update it automatically via credit reporting sites.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Kristi. Credit card companies are not going to automatically reissue you a new card because they detect a name change. You have to request a reissue.

      Reply
  35. Pamela Kendrick

    I don’t have a social security card, though I do have a social security number. My parents claim I just never had one. Will I still be able to get a new card with a new name if I don’t have an old one?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Will I still be able to get a new card with a new name if I don’t have an old one?

      Yes.

      Reply
  36. JC Davis Baglio(?)

    I was married to my late husband for 9 years before he was killed. We had 2 kids together and they are still young. My new husband and I are common law married and it is recognized by the state of S.C.

    I want to take my new husband’s name, my kids do not want to have a different last name then I do. And strangely, taking my new husband’s last name would actually be a very smart professional thing, since he is very well known in the industry we work in and is very well liked. His unusual last name stands out. The few times I have introduced myself with his last name, people are so excited to meet me.

    I am so torn on what to do. Can I just start using his name work wise, but keep the old legally?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Can I just start using his name work wise, but keep the old legally?

      Yes, you may use it informally.

      Reply
  37. Carol Schaeffer

    I would like to hyphenate my maiden name with my married name and have no idea where to start the process. Must I go to a lawyer to have this done or is it legal to just start using it on my own. I have been a widow for the past 43 years and would like this changed.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I would like to hyphenate my maiden name with my married name and have no idea where to start the process

      Since you've already established a maiden name, you'd have to go to court to change it again. Using your marriage certificate is a one-time allowance.

      Must I go to a lawyer to have this done or is it legal to just start using it on my own.

      You may use your preferred name informally, but it wouldn't be your legal name.

      Reply
  38. Claudette Phillips

    I got divorce last year, I stated in my paper work that I want to go back to my maiden name but I want to change my mind and keep my married name can I do so? and I apply for citizenship in my maiden name, will they change it back to my married name? I have my final interview in 3 weeks

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I want to go back to my maiden name but I want to change my mind and keep my married name can I do so?

      You don't have to return to your maiden name.

      and I apply for citizenship in my maiden name, will they change it back to my married name? I have my final interview in 3 weeks

      You can contact USCIS to modify your application, but it's likely you'll have to wait to update your name at the interview.

      Reply
  39. Ariliss

    Ive been married for a little over a year in california. I changed my last name to that of my husbands with the county but have not done so anywhere else. I use my maiden name socially and professionally.

    Do I need to file taxes under my married name if i've never done business or used my married name?

    The only document that carries my married name is the marriage certificate.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Do I need to file taxes under my married name if i've never done business or used my married name?

      File taxes under the name that's on your social security card.

      The only document that carries my married name is the marriage certificate.

      Then you haven't legally changed your name anywhere.

      Reply
  40. Dani

    I’ve been married 4 years now. I took on my husbands last name and updated my drivers license, bank accounts (except for one physical credit card), auto/life insurance, mortgage, two professional state and 1 national board licenses I hold.

    The only document I have yet to make the name change with is SS. I have filed taxes jointly with my husband the past few years using my maiden name but had no W-2.

    Thus far I have been able to deposit/cash checks here and there at my bank that have my maiden name with no issue. But now, I will be going back into the work force and need to know if legally I need to change my name with SS or if I can continue using my maiden for direct deposit and taxes?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Dani. You can continue using your maiden name. If the need arises, you can keep a certified copy of your marriage certificate with you to explain why your driver's license has a different name.

      Reply
  41. Paramjit Alun

    I am in UK on a Tier2 Dependant Visa. My Visa and marriage certificate has my maiden name. I being a Sikh it did not have Kaur in my name and was using my last name. He wants me to get rid of my middle name and last name and get it changed to Kaur.

    Considering the amount of paper work I have to go through I do not want to get it done. As I have lived with name for 33 years and I am attached to it.

    Will there be no complications as I need to change TO kaur and my husband s name is Singh. I have so many documents back accounts, investments, pan card and innumerable documents so do.not want to go for. A name change.

    What are the complications of not getting it changed. I can always socially been known as Kaur. Please advise.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Paramjit. There are no complications. Name change is not required. Do nothing and your name will stay the same.

      Reply
  42. Alexis P

    Hello,

    I was married less than a week ago, and at the time agreed to use my husband's last name. The marriage license has yet to be mailed, and I decided I wanted to still keep/use my maiden name on all my personal documents. Do I really need to do a name petition for this if I want to change my ss/dl to both my maiden name and new last name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Do I really need to do a name petition for this if I want to change my ss/dl to both my maiden name and new last name?

      It depends on your state. Will a new name appear on your marriage certificate? If so, it could lock you in. If not, then you can hyphenate. I'm assuming you're talking hyphenation. If not, please clarify.

      Reply
  43. Doyin

    Hello,

    I legally changed my name to husband’s and all my documents still carry maiden name (Intl Passport, Bank Account and other form of Id). But the children’s birth certificate carries my name with husband’s surname.

    Now, I’m applying for Canadian Express Entry as Primary Applicant, with my family, I’d like ask if this poses a problem as I’m applying with maiden name (Passport was renewed in maiden name,ECA and IETLS done in maiden name too).

    Also, do I need to include documents for Change of Name in the application?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Doyin. You can apply in your maiden name. A certified copy of your marriage certificate can be used to link you to your spouse.

      Reply
  44. Kristin

    Hi Valera,
    I changed my name to my husband's last name on my marriage certificate and nothing else. Then, last year when I had to renew my NYS ID, I showed my marriage certificate (with new/husband's last name) and that is now on my NYS ID.

    I am applying for a NYS driver's license and am wondering, can I return to my maiden name at this point or use my maiden name for my middle name (I don't have a middle name) and my married name as my last name?

    It doesn't feel right in my gut to completely drop my maiden name/identity, yet I want to be connected with my husband and son through his last name, but both last names are long and to hyphenate them is way too long. So I guess my question is:

    Can I go back to my maiden name at this point or use it as the middle name with my husband's name as my last name?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Kristin. It's unlikely you'll be able to change your name through marriage again since a non-driver ID and driver's license is issued by the same office (NYS DMV) that operates under the same guidelines.

      Reply
  45. Vanessa

    Hello, my name is Vanessa, I recently got married and we are currently living in WA state. I am physician assistant for the state of WA as well. My question is if I add a second last name to my name (non hyphenated) for example Kate Wilson Smith, will I need to change my professional license, legal documents, bank, passport? Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      will I need to change my professional license, legal documents, bank, passport?

      If you've updated your social security card and driver's license, you'll have to contact your state's licensing board about the need to update your license. You may be able to maintain your premarriage name as an alias, even though their internal records references your new married name. Same with your bank. You don't have to update the name on your passport.

      Reply
  46. Connie

    Hi Valera ,

    I got married a year ago in states of Oregon and back then I added his last name on the marriage license/certificate without hyphenated for example : Jones Smith. Since then I haven’t legally change my last name at all on anything because I changed my mind and I want to keep my maiden last name. Will I have any issues in the future (SSC, banks, mortgage, child birth certificate etc,..) if I will not changing my maiden name to the marriage name even though the married certificate has my married name ?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I haven’t legally change my last name at all on anything because I changed my mind and I want to keep my maiden last name. Will I have any issues in the future (SSC, banks, mortgage, child birth certificate etc,..)

      No, you won't face any problems. Government and nongovernmental institutions don't lookup marriage certificates to make sure people commit to their name changes.

      Reply
  47. Praneetha

    Hi valera.
    I have all important documents with my maiden name but I have been registered after marriage. I went to the home affairs and signed the surname that was on their system, which was my husband's surname. Do I have to inform my bank and others about the change and would it be a problem?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Do I have to inform my bank and others about the change and would it be a problem?

      You should, as they won't be automatically notified of your name change.

      Reply
  48. Kylee Harnish

    Hi i got divorced about 8 years ago or so,i kept my ex husbands last name.Now im wanting to go back to my maiden name,will i have to pay to change my last name back or can i go to ss and the dmv with my divorce decree and change my name back to my maiden? im kinding confused about the process,i want to go back to my maiden name but don't wanna have to pay the money to.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      can i go to ss and the dmv with my divorce decree and change my name back to my maiden?

      If your divorce decree contains language restoring your maiden name, you can change it back without going through extra steps.

      Reply
  49. Lien Luong

    Hi I got married 14 years ago in hyphenated my name.Tu-Luong. Now I just want to drop my maiden name and use my husband's name Luong. Is that still possible?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Now I just want to drop my maiden name and use my husband's name Luong. Is that still possible?

      You'd have to go to court and request a non-marriage-related name change. You wouldn't be able to use your marriage certificate again.

      Reply
  50. KIM S.

    Hi,

    I got married last year in California. At the time when filling out the marriage license forms, I chose to hyphenate my maiden name with my husband last name. I was told at the time I have two years to change all my documents to my new name. However, I have not changed or update the DMV or Social Security with my new name. I still carry my maiden name on everything such as my passport, ID, social security card and so forth.

    My first question is, is the name on my marriage certificate my legal name now? Secondly, can I continue to use my maiden name on all my documents since it has never been changed?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Valera

      My first question is, is the name on my marriage certificate my legal name now?

      Your maiden name is still your legal name.

      Secondly, can I continue to use my maiden name on all my documents since it has never been changed?

      Yes, of course.

      Reply
  51. Marisa Rodriguez

    hi,
    I change my name when I applied for a citizen in NYC a long time ago, I am using my husband last name since them only. I have a situation now that I need to open a bank account with my maiden name to received a pension from my original country. Is this possible without changing my name in a court?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I have a situation now that I need to open a bank account with my maiden name to received a pension from my original country. Is this possible without changing my name in a court?

      There's a difference between opening a bank account in your maiden name and opening one in your married name while having checks printed in your maiden name.

      The bank will likely want your legal name on file. They'll want to see ID. However, you can ask them to accommodate usage of your maiden name. It's up to them to allow it or not.

      Reply
  52. Nicole Belanger

    Hello. I’m getting married and am a MD with an established practice under my maiden name. I would like to taken my future husband’s last name when legally married personally but still legally be able to use my maiden name professionally, and would like to avoid hyphenating my name. Would it work to legally change my middle name to maiden name and take his last name as my last name? Or other suggestions? I’m in NYS.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Would it work to legally change my middle name to maiden name and take his last name as my last name?

      Many women do this. You'll have to contact the New York licensing board about updating your legal name on file while maintaining the use of your maiden name professionally.

      Reply
  53. Christina

    I got married over 15 years ago. I never changed my SS card to my married name. My driver's license is hyphenated (maiden name-married name). My passport is also the same hyphenated name to match my DL.

    I use just my maiden name at work. Insurance is through my work so in my maiden name. Bank accounts, credit cards, etc are with my married name only.

    Should I change my SS card to match the hyphenated name? Is that possible? Will it cause me issues down the line if my SS card is in my maiden name and everything else (passport, DL, etc) is either hyphenated or just my married name? Thanks for your help!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Should I change my SS card to match the hyphenated name?

      It wouldn't hurt. And, yes, you can change it. Since it's probable you may only have identity documents in your new, hyphenated name, the SSA would accept your driver's license as your primary identity document for name change purposes. You'll still have to bring along an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate.

      Will it cause me issues down the line if my SS card is in my maiden name and everything else (passport, DL, etc) is either hyphenated or just my married name?

      As far as the SSA knows, your maiden name is your current legal name. That's what the IRS would also have on file. You'll want to make sure your proper name is on file for tax and social security benefit purposes.

      Reply
      1. Christina

        Thank you for your help! So if I change my name on my SS card – I will file taxes under that name correct? Also, will I need to change to my hyphenated name at work as well – I would like to leave that as just my maiden name if possible. Thanks again!

        Reply
        1. Valera

          So if I change my name on my SS card – I will file taxes under that name correct?

          Correct. See the IRS and name change article for why it's important.

          Also, will I need to change to my hyphenated name at work as well – I would like to leave that as just my maiden name if possible.

          If you change your name with the SSA, they'll automatically notify the IRS. At this point, your employer will want to make sure they're also using your married name to match what's on file with the IRS.

          Your W-2's will need to be in your married name. In order to maintain your maiden name professionally, you'll have to work out an accommodation where they file using your married name while continuing to use your maiden name for everything else.

          I can't say whether or not this is within they're capacity or if they're even willing. At least now you know what to expect if you go down this road.

          Reply
  54. Diane

    Hi, when I got married, I changed my last name to my husband's last name on the marriage license. However, I haven't changed any other official documents including my Social Security card since that one change.

    We file our income taxes as a married couple but I still sign my original name.

    I am now renewing my passport. Because I haven't changed anything official except the marriage license, can I still apply for the passport under my original name? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      We file our income taxes as a married couple but I still sign my original name.

      As you should.

      Because I haven't changed anything official except the marriage license, can I still apply for the passport under my original name?

      You could do either: renew in your maiden name or change to married name.

      Reply
  55. Sherry

    i am applying for medicare A only because my husband has me under his insurance at work, I never changed my name on any documents but my marriage certificate has my hyphenated last name, will this cause me any problems collecting medicare.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I never changed my name on any documents but my marriage certificate has my hyphenated last name, will this cause me any problems collecting medicare.

      That won't be a problem.

      Reply
  56. Lindsey

    I have been married for 12 years. I never had my name changed on my SS card, but I did on my DL. I need to know what I can do to get this changed since everything is in my married name.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I need to know what I can do to get this changed since everything is in my married name.

      The process is the same. Use a certified copy of your marriage certificate to effect a name change.

      Since your marriage took place more than two years ago, you'll have to include an identity document (e.g., driver's license, passport) along with your marriage certificate if you mail in your name change paperwork.

      Reply
  57. Karen

    My marriage certificate from 2001 shows that I changed my name to my husband's. We were married in NYS. However, I never adopted his name or made any changes to bank records, driver's license, passport, etc. Do I need to officially change it back to my maiden name or is it ok to just leave everything as is? It hasn't seemed to have been a problem, but I wanted to ask.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Do I need to officially change it back to my maiden name or is it ok to just leave everything as is?

      Since your new name was only changed on your marriage certificate, then your name hasn't really changed in the real world. Take no further action and your name will remain the same without a problem.

      Reply
  58. Shannon

    Hi there — I recently got married and opted to take my husband's surname on my marriage certificate; however, I haven't officially updated any of my documents (SSN, License, Passport, etc.) and have continued to use my maiden name on all of those. As we are expecting our first child, I'm wondering if I can use my married name on the birth certificate, or do I need to put my maiden name as that is what the SSA and state still recognize me as? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I'm wondering if I can use my married name on the birth certificate, or do I need to put my maiden name as that is what the SSA and state still recognize me as?

      You can put either name on the birth certificate.

      Reply
  59. Melissa Hoffman

    I just recently changed my last name to my married name through SSA within the past 30 days. Still in the process of changing it at the DMV, etc.

    I’m applying for a new credit card and was wondering if I should use my maiden name or married name when applying? Since it’s been less than a month since I changed it on my social security card I’m not sure if it takes time for my new name to show up on my credit report or what name the credit card application pulls up when checking my information.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Melissa. You can check your credit report for free online using the annual credit report government website. That'll tell you if your new married name appears on your credit file.

      When you notify the SSA or one of your creditors of a name change, the credit bureaus get notified automatically. If you must expedite the process of updating your record, you can contact the credit bureaus directly. However, they may have already updated your record, making this step unnecessary.

      Reply
  60. Natasha

    My husband had changed his name legally in the past with no marriages… How would my husband go back to his Maiden name??

    Reply
    1. Valera

      How would my husband go back to his Maiden name?

      Same process. Legal name change through the court system.

      Reply
  61. Ged

    what if I change my married name to my maiden name in my passport because we are annulled.my problem is I do not have papers of judicial decree with finality because it is lost.my husband was the one who filed the annulment so that he has the only have copy of court order.

    PSA paper only like cenomar, mc with annotation of null and void and declaration advisory I have for now. Can I still change my married name to maiden name on getting passport using psa paper or do I have to borrow the papers of court order to my husband?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Ged. Have you tried contacting the court directly to obtain your own copy?

      Reply
  62. Loreta

    Loreta
    July 28, 2019

    My husband passed away 2 yrs ago and I am planning to change my married name to my maiden name. also, my now fiance and I are planning to get married sometime this year. I live in the Philippines and to acquire a marriage certificate I have to get a certificate of no marriage (Cenomar) and I have found out that I am still a single woman as stated on the Cenomar Certificate.

    My name on my passport is my deceased husband name, so to change my name to my maiden name, will there be a problem?

    Can I change my passport after I get married or before?

    Please advice
    Many thanks

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Can I change my passport after I get married or before?

      You can use your late husband's death certificate to go back to your maiden name now.

      Reply
  63. Ann

    I was married 3 yrs back. At that point of time I opted to put his surname as my middle name. I haven't updated any of my documents and to be honest I have changed my mind . All the documents has my maiden name but only my marriage certificate has my changed name. Will this be a problem in my gc process? I want to put my maiden name so if we are applying our gc process will this name be an issue?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Will this be a problem in my gc process? I want to put my maiden name so if we are applying our gc process will this name be an issue?

      This won't be an issue. Changing your name isn't required.

      Reply
  64. Arletha

    Im a married lady i just want to no how my husband can have my surname. We stay in Capetown.. Western Cape

    Reply
  65. Vallentine

    I am brazilian from birth and american form naturalization.
    When I divorced my ex husband (American guy and we married in the US) I chose to keep my married name (his last name).

    I came back to Brazil and started over.
    I got married again in Brazil, but since I hadn’t register my american marriage and married name in Brazil, I got married for the second time with my maiden name.

    Now I want to apply for green card for my husband, but my american passaport has my first married name, and my new married certificate has my maiden name.

    Will I get in trouble?

    Someone told to change my name in my american passport using my new marriage certificate.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      my american passaport has my first married name, and my new married certificate has my maiden name. Will I get in trouble?

      No, you're fine.

      Someone told to change my name in my american passport using my new marriage certificate.

      You can.

      Reply
  66. Jane Erlandsen

    I was divorced 37 years ago. My entire adult life and career, I have continued to legally use my ex's last name. I have extensive real estate holdings both personally as well as in two corporations. I plan to marry this year. it seems that it would be simpler to not change my name to my new spouses and simply continue to use my current legal name and only use his informally. Does this sound like the best and simplest strategy?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Does this sound like the best and simplest strategy?

      Not having to update documents is certainly the path of least resistance. If you did change your name, you wouldn't necessarily have to update the name on your properties as your identity wouldn't be in question. Your subsequent marriage certificate would link your new married name to your prior married name.

      Reply
  67. Shemek Reece-Browne

    I recently go married and would have added my husbands name to my identification card and want to do document change. Can i sign documents using my last name? and would i always have to walk around with both my marriage certificate and birth paper for proof.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Can i sign documents using my last name?

      Your signature should match your current legal name.

      and would i always have to walk around with both my marriage certificate and birth paper for proof.

      No, you wouldn't need to keep either document on you.

      Reply
  68. Mary

    Hi I was married in 2000 and divoiced in 2008 I paid to have my last name changed back to my maiden name which I never have done. Now I plain on getting remarried will I have a problem sense I never changed my name back

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Now I plain on getting remarried will I have a problem sense I never changed my name back

      No. Just make sure you use your current legal name when you apply for your new marriage license.

      Reply
  69. Sherri

    My daughter is getting married next year. She and her future husband are both graduating as doctors- She wants to possibly keep her maiden name in the medical/professional world. But take HIS last name socially and to align with their future children.

    What would be the best course of action? Does she have to hyphenate on the marriage license to keep her name in the mix? Can she take his name on the marriage license and still keep her maiden name on medical licenses, etc?

    How would she sign documents/what would her passport have as a name? Can she put his name on the license and leave everything else as is or does SSN, drivers license, etc. need to match marriage license?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      She wants to possibly keep her maiden name in the medical/professional world. But take HIS last name socially

      Then she'd just not change anything formally.

      and to align with their future children.

      The name of her future children don't have to match hers or her husband's. Her children could take on her maiden name, her spouse's name, or a hyphenated version in either order.

      What would be the best course of action?

      If she's certain to never change her name, doing nothing is the easiest choice. But if she wants to keep her options option, there are some things to take into account, which you allude to…

      Does she have to hyphenate on the marriage license to keep her name in the mix?

      This assumes the state she's marrying in will even have an option to choose a new name on the marriage license. It may not, which would make this one less thing to worry about.

      If the state does provide this option, she must choose carefully. Specifying a choice could lock her into that choice if she decides to change her name down the line using her marriage certificate.

      On the flip side, not specifying a choice could lock her out of using her marriage certificate later to change her name. She also couldn't amend the certificate after the fact with another name choice.

      Can she put his name on the license and leave everything else as is or does SSN, drivers license, etc. need to match marriage license?

      She can leave her new married name solely on the marriage certificate. None of her credentials need to match.

      Reply
  70. Rowena Socorro A. Avellana

    Hi..I am Rowena I’ve been separated for 24 yrs. but still i am using my maiden name and all my documents are single never change to married even my passport. now my question is how can this affects my visa application in USA? thank you

    Reply
    1. Valera

      now my question is how can this affects my visa application in USA?

      Your visa application wouldn't be affected since you've never changed from your maiden name.

      Reply
  71. Lorrie

    I was married 2 years ago and never changed my driver license name, but I did change my ss card name. I'm now divorce and the decree state that I may revert back to my last name. I don't wish to change my last name. How do I get my last name to match my ss card of my ex married name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      ow do I get my last name to match my ss card of my ex married name?

      Use a certified copy of your marriage certificate from your dissolved marriage.

      Reply
  72. kayla ignacio

    I've been married for 6 years can I still hyphenate my last name if I already changed it to my spouse's name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      can I still hyphenate my last name if I already changed it to my spouse's name?

      No, you'd have to file a court petition to do another name change.

      Reply
  73. Sylvia

    I got married few months ago on my Lic. And Certificate of Marriage I wanted to take my husband's name at the moment. I actually haven't change anything under the new last name can I continue to use my maiden name if I haven't updated anything to DMV or SS

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    1. Valera

      can I continue to use my maiden name if I haven't updated anything to DMV or SS

      Yes, you can.

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  74. Lauren

    Hi, I recently got married and changed my last name to my husband's. My drivers license still has my maiden name on it, is it still okay to use?

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    1. Valera

      My drivers license still has my maiden name on it, is it still okay to use?

      Some states require you to update the name on your driver's license if you change it legally. The same goes for change of addresses. The requirements and penalties (if any) are often vague and hollow.

      Not changing the name on your license doesn't invalidate it. When it comes time to renew, you'll likely have to match the name on your social security record.

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  75. Hunter

    Hello,

    My husband and I got married in May of this year. I changed my name to his last name, but am now realizing it was never changed with my fathers insurance company and Medicaid (I attempted to with Medicaid they never did). What should I do? Will I be okay to wait until open enrollment period?

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    1. Valera

      What should I do? Will I be okay to wait until open enrollment period?

      You don't need to wait and let this hang over you. Just contact your Medicaid caseworker and provide them whatever documentation is necessary to update your name.

      Reply
  76. Angel kaka

    There is a mistake in my nysc relocation ground. It was based on marital ground with my elder brother's name. Will it affect my maiden name on the certificate because there was no evidence document of change of name uploaded.

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    1. Valera

      Hi Angel. Was your deployment approved? If so, you should be fine. If you need to correct your submission, get in touch with your NYSC office.

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  77. Appril singh

    I am getting a divorce in October build my name go back to my maiden name after the divorce is final

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    1. Valera

      Hi Appril. It's not clear to me what you're asking. If you want to go back to your maiden name after divorce, alert the judge so that the instruction is included in your final divorce decree.

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  78. Danielle

    Hi,
    My question is…I just recently moved back to the states. I got married in 2012 in a different country. We are now getting divorced. I never changed my name on my ssc. But did on my passport. So my ssc has my maiden name and my passport has my married name. Is my maiden name still my legal name? and can I use my maiden name for dmv ect… now that I have moved back to the states?

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    1. Valera

      Is my maiden name still my legal name?

      Yes, as far as social security is concerned.

      and can I use my maiden name for dmv ect

      Yes.

      Reply
  79. K.

    I changed my name when I married. How can I go back to my maiden name even though I'm not divorced?

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    1. Valera

      Hi K. Even though the SSA might allow a reversion, especially if you haven't used or changed your name in any other capacity, it's unlikely any other government organization would. This is why you're likely to have to go to get a court order to change your name across the board without complication.

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  80. Zameenah Fuqua-Watson

    Hello, I have my maiden name and my ex husbands name but he forgot to tell the judge I wanted to go back to my maiden name but if I get remarried can I just drop the ex husbands name keep my maiden name and add my new husbands name with out paying a fee?

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    1. Valera

      but he forgot to tell the judge I wanted to go back to my maiden name

      You may be able to get your divorce decree amended to restore your maiden name. You'll have to contact the court about that possibility.

      but if I get remarried can I just drop the ex husbands name keep my maiden name and add my new husbands name

      On the marriage license application you'll have to put your current legal name. How flexible your name choices are depends on where your marriage will take place and where you reside. Could you share these details?

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