So you’re finally married, and you’re getting a head start on your post-wedding to-do list–that’s awesome and very responsible of you! We’re here to shed some light on the topic of changing your last name. For the record, ladies, changing your last name is not required. Couples have different preferences on this topic: The bride may or may not want to change her last name, and it’s not only the bride who gets to decide–even the groom can opt to change his last name too! There are pros and cons to this, and it’s something that you and your spouse should openly discuss.
If you (or your groom!) are set on changing your last name already, here are the requirements and estimated timeframe for each:
- You don’ t have to change your name right after you get married. You can if you want to, but it’s not necessary. But another tip is that you can change it when you renew a certain document (e.g. passport, etc.).
- If you have two different IDs (e.g. driver’s license is married name and passport is not), just make sure to present a marriage certificate.
So there you have it, people! Hope this helped you out!