Ok, I have some good news for you. To change your last name based on
marriage, no formal name-change procedure is required (via the court).
Just take certified copies of your marriage certificate to the
various authorities (Social Security, Motor Vehicles, etc) and apply
for a new ID. Changing your green card is just a matter of filing
Form I-90 (note, if you are a Conditional Resident based on marriage,
don't apply to change your name until the conditions have been
How to Change Your Name After Marriage
* STEP 1: Order extra certified copies of your marriage certificate...
* STEP 2: (This is not necessary for women.)
note: Because a woman traditionally takes her husband's name when she
is married, a certified copy of your marriage certificate is
sufficient documentation for a woman's name change...
* STEP 3: Request a new Social Security card...
* STEP 4: Make an appointment to visit the department of motor
vehicles for a new driver's license...
* STEP 5: [update your passport]
* STEP 6: Order replacements for checks, business cards, credit cards...
* STEP 7: Call employers and schools (if you are a student) to let
them know your new name...
* STEP 8: Change your name on your car registration...
* STEP 9: Contact the post office, utility companies and registrar of voters.
* STEP 10: Make the announcement to friends and family (ideally to
your in-laws first)...
Changing Your Name After Marriage
What you need to do to change or keep your name after marriage.
"To change some of your identification papers -- your Social Security
card and drivers' license, for example -- you'll need a certified copy
of your marriage certificate, which you should receive within a few
weeks after the marriage ceremony. Take the certified copy to the
Social Security office and the department of motor vehicles and ask
them to change your identification documents."
"If you are changing your name based upon marriage, no formal
name-change procedure is required. To have your new name on your ID,
show the marriage certificate to the authority (Social Security
Administration, Department of Motor Vehicles, etc) that issued the ID
and apply for a new ID. To change the your name on your green card,
file form I-90 with the USCIS."
I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
Filing Fee : $260.00
Change in Biographic Data:
"If you are applying to replace a card because of a name change, you
must bring the original court order or a certified copy of a court
order or marriage certificate reflecting the new name to your
in-person appearance at the ASC."
How Do I Replace My Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)?
Form I-90 download
You can wait until after you file your naturalization petition, here
is what will happen -
OI 338.2 Change in petitioner's name, marital status, or personal description.
"When a change in the petitioner's name, marital status, or personal
description occurs between the date of filing the naturalization
petition and the final hearing, the officer attending the final
hearing shall notify the clerk of court on Form N-338 thereof for use
in preparing the naturalization certificate. A duplicate copy of Form
N-338 shall be placed in the petitioner's file."
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