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I live in Michigan, and I want to take my wifes maiden name when married. Is this still applicable, if the bans of marriage are publish in my church.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Ely replied 3 years ago.
Hello, my name is Ely. Welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: (1) this is general information only, not legal advice; and (2) my function is to give you honest information and not necessarily to tell you what you wish to hear. There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I reply.

Yes, this is still possible. The state should allow you to take your wife's maiden name. Although it is normally the other way around, there is no law that the husband cannot take the name of the wife.

It does not matter that the marriage was published in a Church publication as her taking your name. This has no official bearing on state documents.

This may be done in two steps:

1) Visit your local Social Security office and bring a copy of the marriage certificate, which can be used to have your name changed on your SSN; and

2) Secretary of State branch office with your new Social Security card, your current ID and your marriage certificate to modify your name on your driver license.

Additional step:

3) Use the new SSN and your new driver license to change your name on other documents such as work, bills, etc.

Good luck.

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