I am getting married soon and am considering changing my name from my last name to my last name his last name with no hyphen. This is mainly because I would like to use my last name in my professional world (i.e. still be Dr. my last name) to make publishing and contacting simpler but use his last name for everything else (i.e. be Mrs his last name) for bank accounts, mortgage, appointments etc. I am unsure of the legality of this. For example I know my drivers license/passport should have both last names on it but could I then book a flight or get a credit card using just his last name, or have a bank account using just my last name?
You shouldn't have to experience many, if any, complications. You would need to get a new Social Security card with your new name which would contain both names. I believe you would need to use both names when booking airline reservations and financial institutions would likewise require your full legal name that's on your Social Security card.
It wouldn't be a problem to change your last name to include the two names with no hyphen, but I would say that you need to be consistent and use both last names the way it is changed from that point forward. As a practical matter, you could probably get by for the most part using one last name here and another there, but I wouldn't suggest that, because your new last name would be the two names.
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