Once married, simply apply for a certified copy of your marriage certificate form the clerk of court in the county where your license was first issued. This is the primary document needed to change names.
First, change names with the SSA as most agencies only allow you to change names to what is currently on file. Next, attend a DMV office in person to update your driver license or non-driver photo ID card. Finally, apply to all other organizations. Some may require you to send in a letter, fax or form, which we can provide. We provide comprehensive paperwork and procedures for hundreds of organizations, saving our customers save around 8 hours of research and paperwork.
Florida residents are required to sit a 4 hour marriage preparation course prior to applying for a marriage license for the license to be valid immediately; otherwise there is a 3 day waiting period. Licenses are immediately valid for out of state applicants. Licenses are valid for 60 days. There is no residency requirement.
Most counties have strict ID requirements, which may include photo ID plus proof of SSN or passport. At the time of writing licenses are $93.50*. As ID requirements and fees can vary between counties, contact the county where you plan for file for a marriage license for their requirements. Your preferred married name does not need to be listed on the license. Once your marriage is performed, the license is completed and returned to the county marriage license bureau.
Marriage certificates are available a week or two after your ceremony from the clerk of court where your marriage license was issued. Most counties have a walk in service and some also allow certificate ordering by mail. Check your county clerk’s website for hours, how to apply and more as this varies between counties. Most counties charge around $10 for a certified copy of your marriage certificate. If more than 60 days has passed since your marriage ceremony, you may also apply to Florida Health for your marriage certificate by mail.
Always change names first with the SSA as many organizations must have matching records. The DMV only allow changing names to what is currently on file with the SSA. Complete form SS5 ‘Application for a Social Security Card’, included in your Easy Name Change kit. You can file in person at any SSA office or by mail. Your new name is updated on your SSA file within 2-3 working days. There is no fee.
Change names in person at any driver license office. You will need to show a number of documents, including a certified copy of your marriage certificate, your current driver’s license (or non-driver ID card) plus other required documents. As there are a number of documents you can show, it is recommended you visit Gather Go Get to build a complete list of acceptable documents for your situation. There is a $25 fee to obtain a replacement driver license.
* All fees correct at time of writing but are subject to change.
Name changes do not require a new vehicle title to be issued. When you change names on your Florida driver’s license or ID card your new name will be reflected on your title record, but no new paper title will be issued. You may request a duplicate title by visiting the tax collector’s office and paying the fee.
The process, forms and fee varies depending on when your passport was issued. If you hold a passport issued within the past 12 months, complete and file form DS-5504. Your passport will be reissued in your new name at no charge. If you hold a valid passport that is more than 12 months old you must renew your passport. Full fees are payable and no credit is given for any remaining unused time.
You may choose to continue using your existing passport, even if you have changed names everywhere else. You can apply for a name change when your current passport comes close to expiry. Ensure any international travel is booked under the name that currently appears on your passport or you may have issues. Also travel with proof of name change should you need to prove your identity.
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Brides typically have around 15-20 organizations to contact when changing names and the exact companies differ for everyone. If you want to change names the hard way, download our free checklist here. Allow an additional day to get all your research and paperwork done. If you have a large number of companies we recommend saving yourself half a day or research and letter writing with a personalized kit.
If you are married in Florida, you may elect to make any one of the following changes;
Florida does not extend name change rights to husbands and does not recognize same sex marriages.