How do I change my name?

You need to purchase a certified copy of your marriage certificate. You will need to work with each agency to identify name change requirements. All marriage license documents are signed with one's current legal name, never the intended new name. There is no legal requirement for a name change after getting married; it is a right a couple may choose to exercise. If you intend to change your name after marriage, check with each agency for its requirements to change your records. If an agency requires more than a certified copy of your marriage license, check with Pierce County District Court for details on a court-ordered name change. Washington state law does not impose a time limit after the wedding by which a name change must be accomplished. However, if you are making the change more than a year after your wedding, check with each agency to determine if a certified copy of your marriage license will suffice to change your name with them.

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1. How do I change my name?
2. How do I get a copy of my marriage certificate?
3. Has my marriage certificate been returned?
4. Can the three day waiting period be waived?
5. What are the minimum ages for applicants?
6. What if one of the applicants is 17? Can he/she get a license?
7. How do I get divorced?
8. How long is a marriage license valid?
9. What type of ID is accepted?
10. Is there a waiting period before I can use the license?
11. Is the license only valid in Washington?
12. How much is the marriage license?
13. What if I lost my marriage packet?
14. What do I need to bring in?
15. Is all information on the marriage certificate mandatory?
16. What if the person doesn't know the information on one of the parents?
17. What if I don't know the information at the time I apply, but I can find it before we are married?
18. What if one of us is not legally divorced yet, can we still apply for a marriage license?
19. Can we get married again in Washington even if we are legally married in another state or country?
20. What are the steps after the marriage ceremony has taken place?
21. What if I'm unable to print my completed marriage application for notarization?
22. I'm performing a wedding ceremony what do I need to do?
23. Can I apply for a license in WA if I am an out of state resident?
24. Is the application fee refundable?
25. I received a certified copy of my marriage and it is past the valid dates on the certificate. Is it still valid?
26. How do I change information on my marriage certificate?