Thinking about changing your name in Florida? If you’re engaged or a newlywed, knowing these three specific things about name change after marriage in Florida, will save you a great deal of time and effort!
Florida Marriage License
When filing for your marriage license in Florida, keep in mind that the name you write on your form is the name that will appear on your marriage license AND your certified marriage certificate. This can affect your name change options. So, try to make your name-change decision before you file for your Florida marriage license. Also, Florida residents have a 3-day waiting period before marriage licenses can be issued. But, if provide proof of completing an accredited premarital course the wait time will be waived and your fee will be decreased!
Social Security Name Change
The Social Security filing process is the same in all 50 states. Complete the SS-5 form and either file it in-person at your local Social Security Office. Or, you can choose to file by mail. If you file by mail, you will need to include your current U.S. Passport, and you will be unable to file for you new driver’s license until your Social Security card with your new married name arrives in the mail. Depending on your situation and name-change time line, it may be easier to file in-person.
Florida Driver’s License
Updating your married name on your Florida driver’s license requires a little more documentation that most other states. Along with the certified marriage certificates, Florida newlyweds need to bring their new Social Security cards showing their new name. Or, you can bring a filing printout from the Social Security office (which is issued when you file the SS-5 form in person.) Also bring a certified United States Birth Certificate, Certification of Naturalization or Citizenship or a valid United States Passport, along with two proofs of residence, such as utility bills. *Heads up: your proof of residence cannot be over 2 months old.
Florida Name Change Simplified
Feeling a little freaked out about name change? Don’t worry! The MissNowMrs name change app and online name change service can help. We streamline the 13 hour name change hassle into a matter of minutes. Over 500,000 newlyweds have chosen to let us change their names. You should too!