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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!

2,236 Comments

  1. Angela Sims

    I've been married for 23 years. Recently I've deceided that I would like to hyphen my name with my maden name. Is this something that i can legally do? Also the change would be updated on my DL and SS. What is the process for making this change.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Angela. Yes, you could implement such a change, but you'd have to get a court order.

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    2. Beverly Harris

      I just change my maid name to my marry name would that effect income tax

      Reply
      1. Valera

        Hi Beverly. When you change your name with the SSA the IRS is notified. You'll want to do your taxes in your new legal name.

        Reply
  2. Crystal Hargrove

    Hi there,

    I changed my name on only my DL and not my SSN…
    I would like to keep my maiden name, will i be able to visit the DMV and request a new license w my maiden name?

    Or do i have to finish going through with the name changes at SSN

    Reply
    1. Valera

      will i be able to visit the DMV and request a new license w my maiden name?

      You'd need a new document showing another name change, such as a court order.

      Or do i have to finish going through with the name changes at SSN

      You don't have to, but you'll now have to juggle a name mismatch.

      Reply
  3. Mallory

    Hi, I'm looking to elope but not tell family because we are going to do the big wedding thing. Do I have to change my name yet or can I wait till after our ceremony a year later? This includes all personal and professional doings.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Do I have to change my name yet or can I wait till after our ceremony a year later?

      You can wait until later.

      Reply
  4. Sue

    Hi I'm a widow of 7 years I'm getting married on June 16th 2018 that's 8 months time I would like to change back to my maiden name but we have done all the documents at the register can I still change it and could I also have my maiden name and my new husbands name in a double barrel name and would it cost

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Sue. You may be able to restore your maiden name after marriage, but it depends on the state. Can you specify the state you'll be getting married in? Double barrelled isn't as widely supported though.

      Reply
  5. Chantel

    Hi

    I just got married a couple weeks ago before my baby comes this month.

    I haven't changed my name on social security yet because I am afraid it will mess up my insurance in the hospital when baby comes as I do not want to go through the process of alerting my insurance yet.

    Will it mess it up? Or will it not be noticed and me and baby will be covered when she's added after birth?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Chantel. The SSN is matched using the primary ID, which is the nine-digit number. It would be odd for a problem to arise because a secondary identifier, such as your surname, changing. You would have to ask the hospital and insurance company if it could cause an internal conflict and if it's advisable for you to wait until later to complete the change.

      Reply
  6. Jamie (Whittington) smith

    K I am 34 weeks pregnant married but been separated from him for 4 yrs the baby isn't his it's a man I Been in a relationship with for 2 yrs my question is can I get my license put in my maiden name and my Medicaid n my maiden name so that way until I have a judgement done for my child's biological father to be put on my child's birth certificate the baby will take my maiden last name instead of my ex's

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  7. Stacey george

    I am a us citizen married in another country. My estranged ex husband no longer lives in that country and he's not in the us. I'm no longer allowed to leave the united states ( my passport was revoked). I don't have any documents. How can I resume using my maiden name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      How can I resume using my maiden name?

      Legally? By petitioning the court.

      Reply
  8. Lena

    Hello,
    I am a medical doctor in private practice engaged to be married in 9 months. I would like to take my husband's last name socially and legally and keep practicing under my maiden name.
    Question 1: Is this possible?
    I would anticipate major problems if my legal last name (husband's) and the last name on prescriptions, paychecks, liability/malpractice insurance, and credentialing paperwork will no longer match.
    Question 2: How to I address this?
    If this topic should have already been addressed elsewhere in this blog, I sincerely apologize, but am grateful for any information you can provide. THANK YOU!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Lena. That's typically up to your state's licensing board. Notify them of what you're seeking and if they're able to log your married name while maintaining your professional name as-is.

      Reply
  9. Mariedu

    Hi Valera ! My Passport have a maiden name still now,but when a married in my country I didn't change my status on my passport ,the others documents i used the married name,but now I am a WIDOW.
    which one I have to used to ask for a US Status migration ?.
    please let me know.
    thanks.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Mariedu. Multiple documents will be accepted, so bring all that you have.

      Reply
  10. Lam nguyen

    Hello,
    I recently just got my citizenship and i changed my first name on it but all my bank account and driver license still had the old name and i dont want to change it to the new name yet so can i keep the old name on these stuff?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Lam. If your legal documents are showing a different first name, you may run into problems down the road with the inconsistency. It's up to your bank to accommodate you. As for your driver's license, if the DMV performs a lookup against the SSA database and discovers a name mismatch, you may have a problem with renewal/reissue until the names match.

      Reply
  11. Alexandra Williams

    Hi,

    I just got married a few months back and my passport expires in Nov… I am renewing it now and want to change my name (to my married name) on my passport so we can travel as a "family" but i do not plan to change anything else to my married name …. is that an option to change my passport and nothing else ????

    sorry if you have answered this already

    Reply
    1. Valera

      is that an option to change my passport and nothing else ?

      Yes, you could do that.

      Reply
  12. Nienna

    So I have an unusual circumstance, so pardon my use of a pseudonym in my comment.

    I am married to a registered sex offender, who has very much been rehabilitated, and we have a very unusual last name. He will never be off the registry.
    I am thinking about returning to university, first as a psychology major and then a masters for counseling.

    However, because I don't want anyone to connect my last name to my husband during this process, I would like to use my maiden name for university and my licensing.

    Is this possible to do without legally changing my name back? I don't want to hurt my husband's feelings by doing this.

    Also, I was previously married and widowed, so I have not used my maiden name since 2009. I have no degrees currently, but some of my college work is in my previous name.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Nienna. That entirely up to your university to accommodate if you explain that you want all school documentation to reflect your maiden name. Ask if it's allowed and what procedures and documents are required.

      Reply
  13. Karen Delgado

    I got married in August of 2017. The only thing I changed was my name on my social security card. Can I rechange it to my maiden name because I still haven't changed anything else.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      The only thing I changed was my name on my social security card. Can I rechange it to my maiden name

      Not without a court order.

      Reply
  14. Brian Rocket

    When you change your name with the DMV, does the old name get destroyed? Is there a way to have them remove the old name completely from their systems? I changed my name because I was a victim of an abusive past that caused me all kinds of trauma. At the DMV when I asked that question they told me that they do destroy all traces of previous names you had as if you never had them, but I wanted to be sure they gave me the right info. The person who said that they did destroy records of the old name was the one actually administering the new snapshot.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Brian. That's a state-level issue that would be governed by state statutes. If it's not specified in state law, the DMV may have leeway to do what it wants. You'll have to ask for formal documentation confirming this cleanup procedure.

      If you're concerned about privacy, you may want to look into your state's address confidentiality program and how your DMV interacts with it.

      Reply
  15. Gael

    When I got divorced from my abusive husband, I had my name changed in my divorce decree to "maiden-married" and intended to drop the married when my youngest turned 18. I haven't done it yet as I can't seem to afford the $300+ fees. It has been extremely difficult for me to move on in my life with this name and will try to get a fee waiver from the court. But until then, can I just not use my married name on legal documents?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      But until then, can I just not use my married name on legal documents?

      If your legal name is just "married," then that's what you'll have to use. If it's actually "maiden-married," then that's what you'll have to use.

      Reply
  16. Joe Zullo

    V,
    On a property warranty deed, the buyer, a divorced women still using her legal married name wants her name written as follows: first, middle, last (nee maiden first, maiden middle, maiden last, mother) and first, middle, last (son)…..joint tenantes she said it is more precise taking her lineage back to her birth certificate. Is it OK to have current and maiden names on a legal document like the property warranty deed?
    thanks, joe

    Reply
  17. Misha

    Hello,
    I am divorcing and selected to go back to my maiden name, how long do I have to update everything back to my maiden name?
    Do I have to update everything back to my maiden name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Misha. There's no time limit to abide by. You don't have to update everything, but you'll have to manage name mismatches and its side effects.

      Reply
  18. Devin

    Hi there. Thank you so much for this post, it's very informative. I'm wondering if it's truly essential to have the name match on my passport and license for travel. I have only my maiden name on my passport, however, my maiden name precedes my married name on my license. I'm hoping to avoid having to change it on my passport so I can avoid paying another $100+. If you might have the time to advise me on this matter, I would truly appreciate it. All the best to you!

    Reply
  19. Ana Katrina Reyes

    Hi. I already used the surname of my husband in my Maxicare card (health card). Now i would like to used it for my check up, but the rest of my valid id state my maiden name. The ospital needs the id for validation.. Is it ok to used my maxicare card with my husband surname then give id for validation with my maiden name??

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Ana. You may want to include an additional document to explain the difference in names, such as a certified copy of your marriage certificate.

      Reply
  20. Wendy mills

    When filling out a w4 for work do you have to use your married name.. Ive only changed my name on my Social security card and nothing else. When i file taxes i still use my maiden name and SSC with my maiden name and not married name.

    Reply
  21. Alexis Matthews

    I still use my maiden name on certain document… And I've lost my ID with my maiden name can I still obtain a driver license in my maiden name

    Reply
    1. Valera

      can I still obtain a driver license in my maiden name

      You can if it's still your legal name. However, if the driver's license office performs a lookup against the SSA database and discovers a mismatch, the SSA name will take priority.

      Reply
  22. Vanessa

    Hi I got married 2yrs ago in NY changed my last name to my husbands I want to go back & add my maiden name. The only thing I have changed since gotten married was my drivers license. Will I have a problem?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Vanessa. You'll have to get a court order to process a second name change.

      Reply
  23. Jolene

    Hello!

    I got married on 11/12/13 and on our marriage certificate indicated that I would hyphenate my name (Horton-Cassada). I have not started the process of changing anything. All of my legal documents are just my last name right now (and I'm not positive that I'm going to change anything). However, I'm starting the process of obtaining my passport and I'm wondering what I should do? If it all out with just my last name?

    Thank you!
    Jolene

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Jolene. You don't have to change your name on any document if you don't want to, if that's what you're asking.

      Reply
  24. Flo

    Newly married a USA citizen and spouse about to file for change of status (green card) for me.
    Is it okay i maintained my maiden name without changing it to his.
    I want my last name to be as it is in all my documents and profession as i have a very special bond between i and my late Dad, his name is one of the memories i keep, won't like to change or add any name to it.
    My question is can he file for me with my maiden name
    Without me changing to his name.
    If yes, how can i go about it
    He is a professor and is cool with it.
    We live in New Jersey

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  25. Kia Reilly

    I have applied for a marriage certificate to take on my husbands last name but want to use my maiden name as an official legal middle name.
    Do I need to complete a Change of name application form to do this as I'm not hyphening the two last names? If so should I forget about the marriage certificate and apply using my maiden name now? The form read that I needs proof of name and everything is still in my maiden name.
    or
    Can I simply "Legally" tack the new name on the end using the marriage certificate.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Kia. Have you already married? If so, did your marriage license application provide a space to specify a new name and was that name reflected on your marriage certificate?

      Reply
  26. Stephanie

    Hi Valera

    I just got married oct 31st 2017. On the license my name is now Jane (middle name) husbands lastname (hyphen) my last name. I dont want to change it anymore and would like to keep my maiden name only.
    Im a resident of California.

    I havent changed anything at all with ss, dmv etc.

    If i dont want to change my name afterall what should i do?

    Also, getting joint bank accounts, will i need to use the name on the certificate?
    Taxes, car, house etc?

    Thank you so much

    Reply
    1. Valera

      If i don't want to change my name afterall what should i do?

      If you don't do anything, then nothing changes.

      Also, getting joint bank accounts, will i need to use the name on the certificate?

      No, you'll use your current legal name. Forget about the certificate.

      Reply
  27. Nicole Brown-Bell

    Hi I got married in June 2016 and kept my maiden name but used my married name hyphenated (Brown-Bell). My ID, SS and green card is in the hyphenated name. Now I wanna drop my maiden name. How do I go about doing this

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Now I wanna drop my maiden name. How do I go about doing this

      Now you'll have to petition the court. A secondary name change wouldn't be related to your marriage.

      Reply
  28. Kristen

    Hi Valera, I live in Mass and I got married in April of last year and I haven't changed my last name yet is it to late to do so?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I got married in April of last year and I haven't changed my last name yet is it to late to do so?

      No, there's no time limit to change your name.

      Reply
  29. Tiana

    Hello, when I went to apply for my marriage license in '13 they kept my last name and didn't change it to match my husband's last name. (They also wouldn't put both of my natural names since i grew up with my mom's and dad's names. They only picked one name.)
    Then, they also wouldn't add my husband's name onto mine when i asked. They told me i needed documentation to change it but the marriage license is the only documentation i could have to show my new last name so why on earth was there a problem? Were those people just incompetent and if so can i amend it?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Tiana. They could have been mistaken, but it's possible the marriage license application didn't provide a space to specify a new name. Not all states design their applications with new name blocks. That doesn't prevent their residents from changing their names though.

      Reply
  30. Mary Peterson

    I never took my husbands last name, but on our mortgage renewal contract I used his last name when I signed it. Is our mortgage renewal still legal?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Mary. You can contact your loan officer to have it resigned or for them to add an addendum.

      Reply
  31. Vivek Bodas

    After marriage my daughter changed her PAN CARD name to new after marriage name based on marriage certificate (Change took place around 3 months back), now after realising the complexities of massive document changes she would like to revert back to her original name on PAN.

    All other documents like Bank Acccounts, investments, Passport etc are in the original name. How to go about reverting back to original name on PAN?

    Can Marraige certificate can be used as the source document to revert back. She is having both PAN cards with same number but different name can it be used to revert back to old name? The changed new address is to be retained as permanent address. Please advise the process to revert back to original name on PAN Card.

    Reply
    1. Vivek

      Hi
      You may not have answer to my question because it is outside USA based, I was under impression you advise on global level problems.

      Reply
    2. Valera

      Hi Vivek. She should be able to change it if her Aadhaar card is in her old name.

      Reply
      1. Vivek

        Thanks for your reply, I just want to confirm whether it can be done from any PAN service center and does not invite any problems as currently Income Tax Return is having her new name. Please confirm that the basis for this reverting back to old name is going to be same source documents like Marriage certificate and old and new pan cards and AADHAR card. Only thing is AADHAR card address is having old address and new PAN card is having new address, would like to retain new address on PAN and only name is to be reverted back to old. Please advise whether this reverting back is permissible and would not invite any problems. Sorry for the trouble…

        Reply
        1. Valera

          Hi Vivek. If the AADHAR card is in the old name, she should be fine. Bring in any supporting documentation, whether in the old or new name. To be safe, call the center to confirm documents they'll accept.

          Reply
  32. Sara

    I was divorced in 2004. I had 529 BlackRock funds set up for my children. When I went to with draw the money from my youngest daughters account, it has taken me 2 months plus to withdraw this money. Now, they wont release the money because I didn't sign the part where I had to sign it as my former last name. I even attached the document of my divorce decree, where it says my name changed legally, after 2 medallion stamps from the bank. So my question is can they make me sign it like that? or am I at their mercy because of this issue? I am so frustrated!!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Sara. Even though your divorce decree contains an order restoring your previous name, it doesn't take legal effect until you change it with the necessary government institutions.

      Reply
  33. Jasmine

    Hi I recently got married and I took his last name, but I dont want to change all my documentation yet. I am young and still a dependent on my parents taxes, health care etc. Just graduated college so I would like to keep my name for many reasons even though I do plan to go through the motions to change it later. Is there a time frame on when I have to do that by?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Is there a time frame on when I have to do that by?

      There is no time frame to complete your name change.

      Reply
  34. Del

    Hello hopefully someone can help me I got married literally a week ago but realized I kept my last maiden name as well. I want to take it out and just keep my husbands. Is there a time limit where there’s no fee or complications like going thru court orders and stuff? We live in California. I haven’t changed my SS,DL or passport yet because I would like to make that change . Or could I just do it without changing it on marriage license? Because in the end it’s in SS that it counts right?? Idk

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Del. If you got married in California and didn't specify your preferred new name on the marriage license application, you'll have to go through the court system to change your name.

      Reply
  35. Scarlet

    Hello. I have been married for 14 years and have always kept my maiden name. Lately my husband has been hounding me to get my last name changed to his. I finally caved. However, I don't want to use his name all the way around. I'd like to use his name for legal documents such as drivers license, bank accounts, taxes, insurance, social security card, etc. I can even be Mrs. HisLastName socially, but I still want to use my name professionally. So for example, at work when I'm signing documents, my work email, and with a book I want to write. Is it possible to change my last name to his legally while keeping my maiden name professionally?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Scarlet. Yes, it is possible. You may want to look into registering your maiden name as a DBA for professional use.

      Reply
  36. Agnes

    My polish passport expired 5y ago, i got married 12y ago in USA. I only changed name on my DL to hyphanated my SS is still in my maiden name. Now i go to renew my polish passport and i hear that they won't do it unless first they record my marriage in poland and do all paperwork (which cost way more than i can afford) plus i don't really need/care for it as im considering divorcing/separating in next year/s. Anyway i called DMV and asked if I can change back my last name to maiden only and they said only with divorce papers and court order allowing me to go back to my maiden name! (Honestly i think cheapest way would be just divorce now and change it so i don't have to go to that hassle 2times) but is there any other way?

    Also I didn't think putting my married name on DL was LEGALLY CHANGING it (is it?) in all my 3 kids Birth certificates as my legal name i put my maiden name how it appears on my SS. I thought only changing in in SS office makes it legally changed

    Reply
    1. Valera

      (Honestly i think cheapest way would be just divorce now and change it so i don't have to go to that hassle 2times) but is there any other way?

      No, there's no other way. You must either present a divorce decree restoring your maiden name or a court order.

      Also I didn't think putting my married name on DL was LEGALLY CHANGING it (is it?) in all my 3 kids Birth certificates as my legal name i put my maiden name how it appears on my SS. I thought only changing in in SS office makes it legally changed

      Social security is the primary, not your driver's license.

      Reply
  37. Jane

    I got married in 2012 kept my maiden name and added my husband last name been mine keep forgetting to claim marriage and work file w2 still say single and we have been filing single. But now I want to drop my maiden and a correct my w2 file and claim marriage with new last what should I do will I get fine for telling them I was married .

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  38. Raquel

    Hello. My driver's license was expired I went in to DMV to renew it but then the technician asked me if I was married, I said yes she said she couldn't update my info and tells me she needed my marriage certificate.. she ended up changing my maiden last name to my married last name…. I didn't think no big deal of it at the time.. but now I'm starting work and I'm having issues. I don't want my married last name. I haven't done the process in changing it through the Social Security Department because I'm choosing to stay with my Maiden name. What route would I have to take to keep my maiden name regardless of marital status? Thank You!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Raquel. The name on your social security card takes precedence over the name on your driver's license. If you want to restore your maiden name on your driver's license, you'll likely have to present the DMV with a court order.

      Reply
  39. M Muil

    If I was to hyphenate my last name (would need to petition the courts), would I also then need to change my passport and driver's license to reflect the change, or could I continue using these documents with only the one last name listed?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      If I was to hyphenate my last name (would need to petition the courts)

      You shouldn't have to petition the court for that.

      would I also then need to change my passport and driver's license to reflect the change, or could I continue using these documents with only the one last name listed?

      Name change isn't required, regardless of what's specified on your marriage application, license, or certificate. You can keep your identity documents unchanged if you'd prefer.

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      1. M Muil

        Thanks for your response!
        So to clarify – my current name is First Middle Married, and I want to change it to First Middle Maiden-Married. I don't need to go to court to make this change? Only SS? What documents would be required?
        And then I can keep my passport as is? Thank you again!

        Reply
        1. Valera

          So to clarify – my current name is First Middle Married, and I want to change it to First Middle Maiden-Married. I don't need to go to court to make this change?

          Correct.

          What documents would be required?

          Certified copy of your marriage certificate.

          And then I can keep my passport as is?

          Yes.

          Reply
  40. Xee

    Hello,

    My husband I married about three years ago. I waited till this year to update my last name since my passport is expiring. As I am getting ready to move on with this new chapter in my life, I realized that updating my last name to his is going to definitely cost some small fingers (not an arm and a leg but still a few $$$), we are considering keeping my maiden name as is. I have not updated anything at SSA or DMV yet. However on the marriage certificate, I have dropped my maiden name and took his last name. If I didn't change it at DMV and SSA, is this okay? Or will I eventually have to change it since it is on the marriage certificate?

    Please advise.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      If I didn't change it at DMV and SSA, is this okay? Or will I eventually have to change it since it is on the marriage certificate?

      Yes, it's OK. You don't have to go through with the name change. There are no legal repercussions for not following through.

      Reply
  41. Caitlin beilke

    I got married two years ago but never changed my name. Now that we have a baby I’d like to have the same name legally as my husband and child. Is there a way to change names just for things moving forward, such as daycare/school stuff, hospital forms, even my license, but not have to change it professionally or even go through the hassle of switching all my credit cards, professional licenses, and different types of accounts?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Caitlin. You may want to look into registering your prior name as a business entity.

      Reply
  42. Lucky

    Hi. I got married last year and was kind of pressured to take his last name. SO wrote that I would go by his last name. Then afterward I wanted my maiden name still so I went through the court and included my maiden name so that I have 2 last names (maiden and married). My name is now First Middle Maiden Married. I made the change with SSA in May. However, I am not happy about it and just want my maiden name (more for professional reasons as I work in research and all my publications are in my maiden name). Can I go back to the courts and ask to return to First Middle Maiden if I am still married?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      an I go back to the courts and ask to return to First Middle Maiden if I am still married?

      Yes, you can.

      Reply
  43. Neil

    Hi, My wife and I have been married for a year, she continue to use her husband's (decease) last (as her middle name) and my last name. I thought once she was married again she would drop his last name and use her middle name and my last name. By the way her maiden name is the same as my last name. Please tell me how it should appear thanks.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Please tell me how it should appear thanks.

      If your wife has already legally changed her name to take on your surname, she'd have to go to court to change it to anything else. At that point, she can choose to take on any name combination she'd prefer.

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  44. Jennifer Baker

    Hello. I got married 6 months ago and changed my name on my social security card but nothing else. I need to renew my passport and no longer want to use the married name. I want to go back to my maiden name only. What do i need to do? How does one petition the court if need be?

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  45. beth

    Hello,
    I'm using my husband last name since we got married. When I became a US citizen I decided to remove my maiden name for a reason. Now I wanted to put my maiden name back since I'm in the processb of divorce. How can I do it? Do I have to go to immigration to change my name or hired a lawyer?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Beth. You can ask your divorce judge to restore your maiden name in your divorce decree. Afterward you can use the decree to change your name.

      Reply
  46. Kari

    I’ve been married for almost 12 years. When we were married I took my husbands name. I was wondering if it’s possible for me and my husband to switch to my madden name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Kari. Both of you would have to separately petition the court for a name change.

      Reply
  47. Jen

    Hi, i got married and dropped my maiden name and took husbands after i did this i wished i had not dropped maiden name. At SS office i got SS card with maiden name as middle name and then married last name. DMV wouldnt allow me to get this on id since i didnt have enough points for proof. When i formed business, i created business name and as a counselor, im the provider. I do not want to change my name on my license as dont want to go through the hassle of changing my name with insurance providers and state license can i just remain Jen Madien name for professional purposes? I struggle with what name to go by professionally as i realize it is no longer legally my name. what are my options? can i leave my state license as is and for work purposes always go by maiden name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Jen. Contact your licensing board to determine if you need to obtain a fictitious name permit.

      Reply
      1. Jen

        is that the same thing as do business as? I already formed an llc as business name but then there is my name i cant even wrap my mind around where to begin with changing everything. Dont think they have a fict. name permit

        Reply
        1. Valera

          Hi Jen. You could register a DBA in your professional name. The question you'll have to ask the licensing board is if that would be acceptable to use.

          Reply
  48. Toni

    My husband and I bought a house last year and our loan officer did the paperwork in my married name which involves a change in my middle name. I haven't had a chance to go to the social security office yet to change it with them because I need my adoption papers and am still waiting on them to be sent. How can we file our taxes on our home if my taxes are being filed in my maiden name but the loan is in my married name? Should I go to the ssi office this month and get it changed or wait until after tax time?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Toni. The SSA will notify the IRS of your name change, so if you're looking to avoid a name mismatch the sooner you update the SSA the better. The alternative is to modify the name on your loan.

      Reply
  49. Priya

    Hi Valera,

    I got married 9 years back and changed my name to take husbands name and surname. All the documents like driving license/Passport have this new name after marriage. Now I want to actually go back to my maiden name as my legal name. Do I need to go to the court and follow the regular procedure or can I use my maiden name on all my legal documents without any court orders? I just want to go back to my maiden name. I am a citizen of India and currently residing in California on Green Card status.

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Do I need to go to the court and follow the regular procedure or can I use my maiden name on all my legal documents without any court orders?

      Yes, you would have to go to court.

      Reply
  50. Gem

    I am widowed in my 60’s and have always been known as FirstNameMaidenNameMarriedName. Now I am committed to a new man and we wish to have a “wedding” that will be a commitment ceremony only rather than a legally registered marriage, purely for practical financial/family reasons, but would like to live and be known as a married couple. I would keep all of my legal documents including SS, passport, bank, drivers license in my original name. After we are “wed” can I use his last name socially and otherwise without legal complications?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Gem. As long as you're not using the name in legal contexts, you're fine.

      Reply
  51. Kristen Jahnke

    Hi,
    I recently got married and am planning on doing some international travelling. I have not changed my name on any of my documents, including my passport. I am just wondering if I am able to use my passport to travel abroad? What other legal documents will I need with me incase I have any trouble? I'm from Canada, I'm not sure if that will make a difference or not. Thanks for your help!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Kristen. You don't need anything extra. Just do as you have been doing.

      Reply
  52. Robin

    Hello , my social security number is in my maiden name and I have been married twice and never changed my ssc to anything other than my maiden name . My drivers license are in my married name and when they expired I went to them renewed and the lady tells me that my ssc and drivers license are different because of last names and I am separated and starting the divorce papers , so I will go back to maiden name . How can I get my license done without all this rigmoroe

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    1. Valera

      Hi Robin. The driver's license office wants to match the name that's on file with the SSA. You'll have to provide a supporting document that restores your maiden name, such as a divorce decree or court order. As your legal surname is your maiden name, your divorce decree could simply reaffirm your right to revert to your maiden name on various legal documents (e.g., driver's license).

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  53. Sarah

    Hi, Thank you for an informative article and I've been reading the comments and your responses which have been helpful. A slightly different question, not sure if you've addressed it already. I was married last Summer, and like many, I didn't feel ready to make a decision about a name change, and put on my license that I will be taking my husbands last name. I haven't changed any of my other documents or accounts to reflect that change so technically it's not official yet. However, I am now regretting not having selected my maiden name to be apart of my new name after marriage. I would like to take on my husbands name but also keep my maiden name, thus having both mine and his as part of my new gal name.Hope that makes sense! haha Am I still able to do this, even though in my marriage license I only chose his last name as being part of my new name..? Again, I have not gone to change any passports, social security cards, bank accounts, etc.

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    1. Valera

      Hi Sarah. Whether or not you're able to deviate from your original new name choice depends on the state. Most aren't particularly lenient, requiring you to stick with your original choice.

      Reply
  54. Ana

    I got married a year ago and i only took my husbands last name now i want to have my maiden name with his last mame in it. Do i just go to the SSA and change it there. That’s what i did at first when i changed my last name to his. Help please

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Ana. Since you've already changed your name with the SSA, you can't do it again using your marriage certificate. You'll need another document to justify a followup name change, such as a court order.

      Reply
  55. Cyhrene

    Hi, i recently got divorced last Dec. 15,2017 and restored my last name from my husband's last name. But then i realized is it going to be a problem for my daughter if we dont have the same last name? I still didnt update anything yet, all my id's are still on my husband's last name even my citizenship certificate, passport, driver's license, banks, car loans. Please help thank you

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    1. Valera

      Hi Cyhrene. A name restoration order in a divorce decree is non-binding. You don't have to follow through with it if you don't want. Ignore it and your name will not change on any identity documents.

      Reply
  56. Mary

    Hi, I've been married for 15 years and still use my maiden name, I'm now ready to make that change …..how do I go about doing that?? Will I get into trouble for keeping my maiden name so long with ss??

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    1. Valera

      I'm now ready to make that change …..how do I go about doing that??

      Obtain a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the government office that recorded your marriage license. Then use that document to change your name as your normally would.

      Will I get into trouble for keeping my maiden name so long with ss??

      No such penalty exists.

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  57. Cecil Ruth

    My daughter's name is Leslie Marie Ruth. Her husband's last name is Salas. In NJ, should her married name be Leslie Ruth Salas?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Cecil. New Jersey doesn't permit maiden to middle name changes as a result of marriage.

      Reply
  58. Teri

    I was married in Costa Rica. I live in North Carolina. I have my SS card changed and my driver license changed. I need to get my driver license to REAL ID. The DMV will not verify me to get REAL ID because my marriage certificate does not have my husbands last name as mine. Women do not change their names in Costa Rica. I asked the attorney that married us to add the Todd name to the end of my name. He would not. Now my son is in military and I can’t go on military grounds without having the REAL ID. It seems like a simple thing since the DMV used my married name on my driver license. Why can’t they verify me if they acknowledge the name change? It has been a nightmare. I have been sent to many offices at the courthouse without luck. I am getting the run around. Please help.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Teri. A certified marriage license or certified marriage certificate is considered valid for a Real ID card. Can they provide written documentation citing this requirement?

      Reply
  59. Tarah

    Hi,
    I got married recently and I changed my name with the social security office, but I haven't changed it anywhere else, will this affect anything I do while filing my taxes?

    Reply
    1. Tarah

      Like I haven't changed my drivers license or anything else, but I do have a new social security card.

      Reply
    2. Valera

      Hi Tarah. As long as you file your taxes using your changed name you'll be fine.

      Reply
  60. Susan Levaque

    I am a widow and I have spent the last 30 years with my deceased husband's name. I also have had a professional career for the last 30 years. Now I am going to re-marry and my fiance wants me to take his last name. So, three things….. 1. I really loved my first husband and don't want to drop the surname I've used for the past 30 years. 2. As stated, I have a professional career and have a lot of history linked to my surname. 3. I very much love my fiance and do wish to take his last name but want to figure out how to not lose this other name. I need a win-win solution. Can you help? I live in New York State.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Susan. 1) You could take his name on the license and certificate and simply not formally change your name. Just use it informally. 2) You could hyphenate. 3) You could combine a portion of both names into one.

      Reply
  61. Ann

    Hi Valera,
    I have been married for 12 years and never changed my name to my husband’s even thought I did check the box that I would take his name after marriage. We got married in NY but now live in FL. Will there be any consequences as for me keeping my Last name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Will there be any consequences as for me keeping my Last name?

      No, none at all.

      Reply
  62. Matt A

    I have a question, we are in Alabama, myself and my fiancee are getting married within the next few weeks (a few months earlier than anticipated) but we have a trip planned in which we are going to be flying out of the country in May of 2018(tickets are booked, and were booked using her maiden name). She definitely wants to change her name, but since the trip is still about 4 months from now, and we will be getting married within the next 2 weeks, how should we approach this? Her passport, which is not a US passport, is in her maiden name, as is plane ticket.

    Is it possible to name change on the marriage certificate, but delay changing her ID, social security card, etc? So that she is able to fly without any issues

    What would be the best way to approach this situation?

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  63. Lourdes

    Hi I got married in nov 7 2015 and I thought I had to change my last name To my husbands last name but I did not know I could keep my maiden last name I really want to take my last name back can I just go to the DMV and get I.t change back on my ID

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    1. Valera

      Hi Lourdes. If you've already changed it, you couldn't go back to change it again without a court order.

      Reply
  64. Wendy

    I am in Texas, divorced with children and engaged to be married in 2 weeks. I would like to take my new husband's name, but my son would like me to at least keep my married name/his last name on my official documents (at least until he is 18). I also have a very large amount of deeds to mineral rights in FirstName MiddleName DivorcedName which would be a nightmare to change. I was wondering if I sign my marriage license as my FirstName MiddleName DivorcedName NewMarriedName this might solve the problem. I understand that I do not have to change my name on my SSC to match what is on the marriage certificate, and I could just go by NewMarriedName socially and informally until such time as I wanted to change it on my SSC. But, if I did ever change it on my SSC, would that mean I need to change all of the deeds which are in DivorcedName? I am concerned that, after I die, my children may have a hard time transferring the mineral rights to their names if I have changed my name on SSC to FirstName MiddleName DivorcedName NewMarriedName and the deeds are still in just FirstName MiddleName DivorcedName. What do you recommend? Thank you so much!

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    1. Valera

      I was wondering if I sign my marriage license as my FirstName MiddleName DivorcedName NewMarriedName this might solve the problem.

      Texas marriage license applications don't provide a blank space to specify a new name after marriage, so it's moot.

      But, if I did ever change it on my SSC, would that mean I need to change all of the deeds which are in DivorcedName?

      No, it shouldn't be an issue because your identity and prior name usage can be verified by you or your children. Your marriage certificate would explain the name change.

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  65. Priscilla

    I am a physician and am getting married in June. Due to building my profession with my maiden name, I was not planning on changing my name. Someone told me I could have an official alias meaning that legally I can use my maiden name AND I can use my name with my soon-to-be husband's last name. Is this true? How do I go about doing that if it is?
    Thanks!

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    1. Valera

      Hi Priscilla. You can contact your state's licensing board about obtaining a fictitious name permit, including the procedure, fees, and renewal fees.

      Reply
  66. Shadae A Jones

    I changed my name on my drivers license but with nothing else…can i go back to the secretary of state and request a drivers license with my maiden name again since I haven't attached my spouse name to anything else

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    1. Valera

      Hi Shadae. You'll need to present them with a court ordered name change document to change your name back.

      Reply
  67. Anisha

    Hi there!!

    I married my husband in California and elected to take his last name for the purposes of the marriage license only. I don't plan to take his last name – but added it to the marriage license just so I have the option later in life.

    Can you please confirm that this DOES NOT mean that I have legally changed my name, as I will not be updating my SSN or DL to take his last name.

    It is complicated as my husband is enlisting in the Navy, and they are giving him a hard time since all my legal documents are in my maiden name except for the marriage license. I already checked but I can't reprint the marriage license without his last name.

    Do you know if this name discrepancy on the marriage license only would be an issue as I am applying for permanent residency as I'm Canadian?

    Thanks!!

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    1. Valera

      Can you please confirm that this DOES NOT mean that I have legally changed my name, as I will not be updating my SSN or DL to take his last name.

      That's correct. You are not required to change your name to match what's on your marriage certificate.

      Do you know if this name discrepancy on the marriage license only would be an issue as I am applying for permanent residency as I'm Canadian?

      No, it shouldn't be an issue. A new name choice on a marriage record is non-binding.

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  68. Jacky

    Apply for goverment RDP house 13 years ago.I was stil single Get married almost 2years ago.I am on the waiting list under my maiden name.Do I need to use my married name when I went to update to get a house or can I just use my maiden name as it is on the list

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    1. Valera

      Hi Jacky. It's best to update your name on file and use your current legal name thereafter.

      Reply
  69. Christina

    I elected to change my name to my marital name when we got married. However, it’s been 4 years and I still haven’t changed my name on my SS card and license. Would I still be able to do so or would I have to go to the court to change it now since it’s been so many years? I want to change it on my license and SS card now but I don’t know if the time that has passed will matter or not.

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    1. Valera

      Would I still be able to do so or would I have to go to the court to change it now since it’s been so many years? I want to change it on my license and SS card now but I don’t know if the time that has passed will matter or not.

      You can still change your name without going to court. The four years that's passed doesn't change that.

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  70. Stephanie Davila

    Hi, I just got married 5 months ago and I removed my maiden name and took his. Now, I’m regretting it and i want it back. What can I do to get it back? I even changed my social security but not my drivers license. Can I change it or I’m gonna love forever with this regret? I’m super sad.

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    1. Valera

      Now, I’m regretting it and i want it back. What can I do to get it back? I even changed my social security but not my drivers license. Can I change it or I’m gonna love forever with this regret?

      You can definitely get your maiden name back, but you'll have to petition the court to do so.

      Reply
  71. Dyan

    Hi.. before i get married i have my id with my maiden name and now its not yet expired this is the only one i have.now im going to get some certificate can i have my maiden name also to match it..and if i will renew i will use my married name all together.

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    1. Valera

      now im going to get some certificate can i have my maiden name also to match it

      Do you want the name on your certificate to match your maiden name or do you want the name on your ID to match your certificate? Are you looking to maintain your maiden name or to switch to something else? Please clarify.

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  72. Beth

    I married in 1981. I changed from my maiden name to my married name on my drivers license only. I have used my married name all these years with no questions asked, until recently when I went to renew my Ohio drivers license and was told the name and ssn doesn’t match. I went to the social Security Administration and decided since I haven’t lived with my husband for 12 years, I would like to have my maiden name on my license. Got proof that I never changed it through as office and still they need either a divorce decree or name change. If I never changed it through the social Security Administration isn’t my legal name still my maiden name??? My licenses is expired and they won’t let me use my maiden name at the bmv. Even with my social security papers . I feel like the bmv is forcing me to use my married name or file for divorce.

    Reply
      1. Valera

        Also the last few years my taxes had to be filed under my maiden name.

        Yes, that makes sense as the SSA and IRS names must match.

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    1. Valera

      Hi Beth. Confirmation documents from the SSA wouldn't suffice. They'll need one of three things: marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order.

      Marriage certificate is out, since you're looking to revert to your maiden name. If y our divorce decree has an order restoring your maiden name, it can be used. Otherwise, you'll need to obtain a court order.

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  73. Susan Carol Jones

    I have been married to my husband for almost 12 years. I want to incorporate my maiden name. My married name is Susan C Jones. I have recurring ID theft daily! I want to make my name:
    Mrs. Susan Carol LowryJones

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  74. Carol

    I am married but separated. My drivers license is in my maiden name. I honestly don't remember if I ever changed my SS to my husbands last name but I do have a SS card in my maiden name and all paperwork at my place of employment is under my maiden name. I need to get a passport and they ask about marriage and other names used. I did use my husbands last name at my children's school when they were young. Not sure if I ever had a DL in his last name. Will I have a problem getting my passport in my maiden name when I list I am married and have used his last name for some things?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      I honestly don't remember if I ever changed my SS to my husbands last name but I do have a SS card in my maiden name

      You can go to your nearest social security office to verify your name on file.

      Will I have a problem getting my passport in my maiden name when I list I am married and have used his last name for some things?

      They were referring to prior legal name changes, but it's unlikely to be an issue as you'll be renewing under the same name.

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  75. Stephanie Martinez

    Hi,
    I got married June 2016 and left my maiden name on the marriage license. I would like to change my last name to my husband's now. What procedures do I need to take?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Stephanie. If you were married in a state where they print a new name choice on your marriage certificate and you chose to do so at the time, you may not able to change your name with the certificate. If your application never asked for such information, then you'd use your certificate as-is to effect a name change.

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  76. Kb

    Hi
    We got married in October , when we got married I assumed his name on the big day. 5 months later I’m still using my maiden name because we are still waiting for our marriage certificate to come in the mail. Hope this is legal.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Kb. Yes, it's fine for you to continue your maiden name now and for as long as you see fit.

      Reply
  77. Bradley Miller

    Here's a brain teaser:

    Jane Doe married Freddy Stagg and her legal name becomes Jane Stagg. She never changes her IDs to the new name and continues to use Jane Doe.

    Later, she has a legal name change using Jane Doe (using the outdated IDs) to Sarah Doe.

    Sarah Doe separates from Freddy (no divorce) and marries John Young. She takes his last name in the marriage and becomes Sarah Young. Again never changing her IDs.

    Sarah then uses the name Jane Doe to divorce Freddy Stagg. In the divorce with Stagg she has her name changed to Sarah Doe.

    What is her actual name?

    Did she legally divorce Stagg?

    Is Young married to anyone?

    Note: she did commit bigamy, but in the state of Georgia the marriage is valid (though prohibited) until challenged in court. The question with Young is if the woman used an invalid name is the marriage even valid or is Young married to someone that legally does not exist.

    This is my current circumstances just the names are changed. I would be John Young in this story.

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    1. Bradley Miller

      Let me correct two errors.
      1- the separation with Stagg comes before the name change to Sarah Doe. It shouldn’t have any bearing on anything.

      2- when Sarah Doe marries John Young, Sarah does get a driver’s license in the name of Sarah Young.

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      1. Valera

        Let me correct two errors.
        1- the separation with Stagg comes before the name change to Sarah Doe. It shouldn’t have any bearing on anything.

        It doesn't.

        2- when Sarah Doe marries John Young, Sarah does get a driver’s license in the name of Sarah Young.

        This doesn't really matter.

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    2. Valera

      Jane Doe married Freddy Stagg and her legal name becomes Jane Stagg. She never changes her IDs to the new name and continues to use Jane Doe.

      Jane Doe is still her name.

      Later, she has a legal name change using Jane Doe (using the outdated IDs) to Sarah Doe.

      Unclear. Obtaining a court order to change your name doesn't legally change it. Once it's changed with the Social Security Administration, then it's for real.

      Sarah Doe separates from Freddy (no divorce) and marries John Young.

      That's bigamy, but you allude to this later.

      She takes his last name in the marriage and becomes Sarah Young. Again never changing her IDs.

      At this point, it's not clear if "Jane Doe" or "Sarah Doe" is actually the her legal name. Did she ever go through the motions of effecting a name change after successfully petitioning the court?

      Sarah then uses the name Jane Doe to divorce Freddy Stagg. In the divorce with Stagg she has her name changed to Sarah Doe.

      What is her actual name?

      Same as above. Did she actually change her name with federal and state government authorities after obtaining a court order? If so, her name is Sarah Doe. If not, it's still Jane Doe.

      Even though the name used in divorce proceeding was Jane Doe, the court could have been using false information unbeknownst to them based on old identification cards/documents.

      Did she legally divorce Stagg?

      If the divorce was decreed final, it was legal.

      Is Young married to anyone?

      Note: she did commit bigamy, but in the state of Georgia the marriage is valid (though prohibited) until challenged in court.

      Yes, she's married to John Young.

      The question with Young is if the woman used an invalid name is the marriage even valid or is Young married to someone that legally does not exist.

      The marriage exists and it's real, but it's void. A petition for annulment can be filed by a party to the marriage.

      This is my current circumstances just the names are changed. I would be John Young in this story.

      Alleged name changes may add some weight or flavor to an annulment petition, but it wouldn't be the core rational for the Superior Court to grant or deny an annulment. Bigamy is the elephant in the room.

      You may need to consult an attorney, if your intent is to end the marriage. If you don't want the marriage to end, it can be ratified as valid with your consent and continued cohabitation as husband and wife. This is possible since the impediment of the prior marriage did end in divorce.

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  78. Julie Ouellette

    On the mariage certifiçate I have signed my maiden name. Can I go back to my maiden name without seeking a lawyer?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Julie. States handle things differently. In some, it's possible to restore a maiden name as part of the marriage name changing process. In others, not so much. Without knowing the state, it's simply too variable to say definitively.

      Reply
  79. Mira

    Hi, i recently got married and still to go through the process of legally changing my name. However am confused when posed with the question single or married, for instance during my medical appointments. Does a name change matter to change my status from single to married, or i can now go with married eventhough i still use my old names.
    Thank you!!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Does a name change matter to change my status from single to married, or i can now go with married eventhough i still use my old names.

      You'd answer marital status questions the same regardless of your name.

      Reply
  80. LeAnn

    I got married almost a year ago and that married name is on my marriage license. (My current last name is my previous husband's last name). Do I have to change my last name since it is on that marriage license? In other words do I have to change my last name with the Social Security Office, my license, etc, or is it ok and legal to keep my last name I have now but not change it on anything but a marriage license? I call my self and sign documents with my new married name, but if I don't have to change my name on all the other things I won't. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      In other words do I have to change my last name with the Social Security Office, my license, etc, or is it ok and legal to keep my last name I have now but not change it on anything but a marriage license?

      No, you do not have to change your name on any of those documents. Having a new name on your marriage certificate gives you the option to change your name, but that doesn't mean you have to use it.

      Reply

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