Brides of New York Rejoice…Your Married Name Change Just Got Easier

married name change new yorkFor the last couple of years the big trend in changing your name after marriage has been moving your maiden name to your middle name and adding your partner’s last name. Unfortunately, for brides of New York, this option was an extremely difficult process. While I’m a Mrs. found a loophole and shared the work-around with New York customers…it still meant extra hoop jumping and extra time spent. Very happy to say we have closed that chapter and are happily moving on!

The big issue has always been with the New York State DMV, who have thankfully updated their rules (see footnote 1 below)

So, here’s how you change your name on your New York Driver’s License:

Visit your local DMV and bring:

  • Your completed MV-44 form (access via your I’m a Mrs. Dashboard under Government Forms, gain access here)
  • Your current license, permit or non-driver ID, or at least 6 points of proof of identity and proof of date of birth
  • Your original or certified copy of your US marriage license
  • A link to Footnote 1. Just to be safe. The rules have recently changed and you really never know who you will get to help you. This footnote clearly states:
    • Regardless of the genders of you and your spouse, if your marriage certificate shows both your spouse’s surname and your former surname, you may
      • change your middle name to your former surname or
      • chose a different middle name and
      • change your surname to your spouse’s surname

What You Need to Know:

  • It costs $12.50 for a replacement license and $5.00 for a replacement non-driver ID
  • You can schedule your appointment in advance and avoid the line-up by clicking here. Note – not every office offers this, so click through to check if you’re one of the lucky ones!

We’re so excited that this has FINALLY been updated to make our New York Bride’s lives easier! Hoping this will save you some time and get you to being a Mrs. just a little bit sooner.

If we can help answer any questions you might have, please drop me a line at jo@imamrs.com.

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