Alexandria, VA asked in Family Law for Virginia

Q: Name change in VA

If you want to change your full name in VA and get married, do you need to get the full name changed first or can it be done the same time you change ur last name for marriage

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Sonja Aoun
Sonja Aoun
  • Tysons Corner, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: You can do that when you marry. (You could also do so in advance, but it's more work, costs more, and isn't necessary.)

As soon as you are married, the licensed marriage celebrant files the marriage certificate. You then request certified copies of the marriage certificate from the Circuit Court in the jurisdiction where you married.

You need to change your name with the DMV and the Social Security Administration at a minimum. Check their websites for details about what they will need besides the certified copies of the marriage license.

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