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Just Said Yes November 2020

Changing name in a different state?

Jordann, on November 8, 2020 at 4:33 PM Posted in Married Life 0 9
My fiancé and I are getting married in Florida in 2 weeks (where we’re both originally from), but we live in Massachusetts and are MA residents. I know some states let you change your name automatically when you get married, but can’t find much about FL. Obviously I can’t go to the DMV in Florida to change my license or anything since I’m not a Florida resident, so not sure what I’m supposed to do. Does anyone have any experience/insight on the name change process when you get married in a state where you’re not a resident??

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Latest activity by Emily, on March 28, 2024 at 12:57 AM
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    Rockstar July 2019
    Veronica Online ·
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    I got married in Pennsylvania, but we live in Maryland. I changed my name in Maryland since that's where I live which is also what you are going to have to do. You would just take a copy of your signed marriage license with you to change your name.
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  • Yasmine
    Master October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    I believe that you will do the actual name change process in your state. Have you called SSA in your state to see the process?
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    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    The name change process is started through the Social Security Administration, which is a federal office, so the state you get married in doesn't matter. Once you change your name with the SSA, then you can change your driver's license.
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    Super October 2022
    Michele ·
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    Follow the regulations for the state you live in.
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  • Michelle
    Master April 2021
    Michelle ·
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    Exactly- it doesn’t matter what state you get married in. Follow the regulations in the state where you live.
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  • Katie
    Expert January 2021
    Katie ·
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    Nothing is automatically changed, you have to first file with SSA to have your name changed. From there, you follow up with the DMV about your license in the state you live in.

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  • KYLIE
    Super May 2019
    KYLIE ·
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    I used Hitch Switch to help change my name—a lot of people say it's not worth the money, but I really appreciated having all of the forms sent to me directly, as well as a place to go to when I had questions like you're having.

    But yes—you change your name in your state of residence. Also think about travel, because it takes time to get your passport, new DL, etc back. We left for our honeymoon the day after our wedding and made sure all flights were booked in my maiden name. I started the change process as soon as we returned from our honeymoon.

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
    Lynnie ·
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    It matters where you live, not where you got married!! I got married in NC and lived in DC and that's where I changed my name!

    Like the previous posters have said, you'll need to start with the social security office and after that you can start changing your name at the local DMV and everywhere else!

    Here's an article you can check out with information specifically about MA:

    Here's How to Get Your Name Changed in Massachusetts
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  • Emily
    Just Said Yes September 2023
    Emily ·
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    Same! married in pa, live in md. where did you take your marriage license to get your name changed??
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