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marriage- name change

My fiance and I are getting married next week, and I will be changing my name. When I go to the Social Security office, can I use the copy of my marriage certificate signed by our officiant on the day of the ceremony? Or do I have to wait until I request and receive a certified copy of the certificate from the court house?

Additionally, is there any waiting time between going to the Social Security office and having my name officially changed? In other words, will my name be legally changed the same day I go into the Social Security office?

We are going to settlement on our house very soon after our ceremony and I want to find out how fast I can get my name changed, or if I will have to settle on the house in my maiden name.

Thanks!


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I'd recommend contacting your nearest Social Security officeto confirm, but I suspect you would need a "certificate of marriage" issued by your county.

For example, an officiant may sign a document on a Saturday indicating he or she oversaw a ceremony. However, I suspect you would need to supply this document to the county (on the following Monday) to receive your "official marriage certificate".

However, the exact requirements may vary from state to state, so check with the local Social Security office to see what they will accept.

http://socialsecurityhop.com/faqs/315/change-name-on-a-social-security-card

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