Jennifer
VIP March 2011

how long after the wedding do you have to change your name

Jennifer, on November 11, 2010 at 2:55 PM Posted in Planning 0 20
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How long after the wedding do you have to change your name?

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Latest activity by Suzanne, on April 21, 2021 at 5:06 PM
  • Mrs. Carmack
    VIP June 2010
    Mrs. Carmack ·
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    I don't think there's a time limit but I could be wrong

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  • Fun bride
    Master November 2010
    Fun bride ·
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    Legally can change it anytime. But for some things like getting on your spouse's health insurance and other things like that there may be a time limit. I know where I work they ask to be informed within 60 days.

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  • Denise livin on 5
    VIP June 2010
    Denise livin on 5 ·
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    No time period. I have a friend who is just now changing her name after being married for 4 years.

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  • M
    Master March 2011
    Mrs. Boat ·
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    My job told me people have to be entered into their spouse's insurance within 31 days of the date that appears on the marriage certificate. I know it's different everywhere, but that gives you an idea.

    I also don't know how fast the turn around is on name change paperwork... so I'd call your local agency and find out

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  • Mrs. Kline (Sass)
    Master December 2010
    Mrs. Kline (Sass) ·
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    Couldn't you be entered onto the insurance with a different name then change it and just notify them? I don't know anything about any of that but it seemed likely since some people keep their names.

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  • Jennifer
    VIP March 2011
    Jennifer ·
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    The future mre. kline

    thats what I was thinking

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  • Victoria C. Hernandez
    Master July 2011
    Victoria C. Hernandez ·
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    Yes Sass you don't have to have the same last name to be under your spouses insurance policy... that can be done just with the marriage cert ... in my case I never require it of our employees because we are so small we all know everything about everybody and are usuallly at the weddings... we just add them...

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  • Victoria C. Hernandez
    Master July 2011
    Victoria C. Hernandez ·
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    Oh but the 31 day thing does apply ... otherwise you have to wait til your spouse's open enrollment that only happens once a year

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  • Mrs. Paula
    Super October 2010
    Mrs. Paula ·
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    Yep, my HR department told me 31 days as well

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  • Mrs. Paula
    Super October 2010
    Mrs. Paula ·
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    For insurance, I should have clarified

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  • Carole M (a.k.a "old tart")
    Master October 2011
    Carole M (a.k.a "old tart") ·
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    Good question. My passport has a few years on it...I may just wait it out. Smiley smile

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  • Meghan
    Master August 2011
    Meghan ·
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    You have forever! With ym first marriage, I hyphenated my DL the day after we got home from the honeymoon. That way, I could use either name interchangeably. I kept my maiden name on all my financial stuff, and didn't really start using my married name until I switched jobs. I never did change my social security card.

    I plan on doing the same thing this time around. I have too much in my maiden name to change it.

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  • Mrs. Lesenski
    VIP September 2010
    Mrs. Lesenski ·
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    I suffer from personaliy/identity crisis. I have yet to legally change my last name, with TXDOT or my job or SSA, but I sign my new last name on school stuff and fb.

    my kids also have a different last names so sometimes I get called Mrs. Lord (cringe) so from one moment to the next I never really know WHO I AM!

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  • J.S.
    Master June 2010
    J.S. ·
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    @Carole-you only have a year to change your name on your passport for free. You have to send them a certified copy of your marriage certificate, along with your maiden name passport, and then they'll mail you your new passport. And eventually mail you your maiden name passport-why, I don't know. LOL. But if you wait longer than a year, you have to do the process all over again plus the $200!

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
    Lynnie ·
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    There's no deadline for when you have to change your name!

    Here are some great articles from WW on how to change your name after marriage:

    https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/etiquette-advice/how-to-legally-change-your-name-after-marriage

    https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/etiquette-advice/5-lessons-i-learned-while-changing-my-last-name

    https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/etiquette-advice/should-i-change-my-name-after-getting-married

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  • June2020
    Dedicated June 2020
    June2020 ·
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    You can change it anytime... or never.. whenever you feel like it,

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  • Faith
    Just Said Yes August 2019
    Faith ·
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    Did she get into like any sort of trouble or anything? I am just asking because I am waiting to change my name due to health insurance reasons. The minute I change it, mine and my daughters health insurance goes away...but i am just nervous that when I finally do change it, they'll be well why did you wait so long type thing??? IDK am i being paranoid? lol

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  • Caitlin
    Beginner September 2021
    Caitlin ·
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    Okay so, I'm in NY state.... Due to the pandemic we are still getting married in October, but only legally. Next year, we plan to do the full formal thing. I would like to legally be married, but continue using my current surname until we do the full ceremony in 2021... What do I put on the marriage certificate? It says that you supposed to enter what name you INTEND to use, but I don't want there to be any issues in the following year with legalities.

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  • Kimberly
    Expert October 2019
    Kimberly ·
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    As long as you want. It took me a few months to change mine, just bc there's so much to do. The only reason I changed mine as quickly as I did is bc we're expecting our first child and I wanted my name to be right on his birth certificate.
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  • Suzanne
    Just Said Yes July 2021
    Suzanne ·
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    Your maiden name will be on your childs birth certificate regardless. They don't use married names for the mothers.

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