The number of marriage certificates that a person needs is very dependent on how and where they are changing their name. The DMV, State Department, and Social Security offices all require a certified marriage certificate to process a name change, but they will return them. Name change with many banks and creditors will require marriage certificates and they are not obligated to return the certificates. The average number of marriage certificates a bride uses for a name change in the United States is three.
Name Change Advice
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Did you know that the State of Virginia recently updated their driver’s license form? This may seem like an irrelevant fact, but it may very well impact you. If you purchased a name-change kit or CD and are planning on using the Virginia driver’s license form in them, you are probably wasting your time. One of the drawbacks of printed kits is that they are typically printed in bulk and are therefore very hard to update. Many brides are disappointed to complete an outdated form and then have to re-write all of their information on a new form at the DMV.
On line services have the advantage of being able to immediately update their forms and directions. Once a new form is issued the service can be updated and customers receive the benefit of the new form instantly. MissNowMrs.com is the only on line name-change service that offers this kind of technology to newlyweds. The new Virginia driver’s license form is just a recent example of our dedication to Making New Beginnings Easier.
For more detail on the Virginia Drivers License name change process
If you are changing your name you may be concerned that your maiden name is printed on your certified marriage certificate or that you signed the certificate with your maiden signature. As long as your name and your husband’s name are listed on the certificate you can use it as legal proof of marriage for name-change purposes. The name you are changing to does not need to be listed on the certified marriage certificate.
The official that performed your marriage ceremony will submit your marriage certificate to a county office for recording. Certified copies of that certificate are typically available ten days after your ceremony. You can personally go to the county office where you applied for your marriage license and request certified copies, or you can request your certificates on line. www.MissNowMrs.com is a site that guides brides through the name-change and marriage certificate request processes.
Many state and U.S. government offices require a certified marriage certificate to be provided as proof of marriage before they will legally change a person’s name. Examples of the offices needing certified marriage certificates include: all state DMVs, the Social Security Administration, and the State Department (to issue a name change on a U.S. passport). In addition to government offices many banks and creditors must be sent a certified marriage certificate to allow their customers to change their names on accounts.