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It’s a Choice, Not a Law to Change Your Maiden Name..

BY Bigpresh Flickr

     Many newly wed women are facing the hustle and bustle of updating their status after getting married. Just the mere thinking of changing all your IDs (SSS, Driver’s license, Passport, etc.) is already a stressful idea that we women are experiencing. Some of the reasons (but not limited to)  were to be recognized as Mrs. so and so, some are for it to be easier to know what to write on the birth certificates if ever they will have children, some think it’s necessary to claim some benefits, but most especially, because it’s the norms. The question is, is it a must? Is it a law? For those who would want to retain their name after marriage, the answer is NO. There is no law in the Philippines stating that women should change their surname after getting married meaning, it’s a choice! And not everybody knows it. You can find a legal argument here. If you read the article on the link, it explains that it is not an obligation to use your husband’s name after getting married, but once you used it, meaning you change the name appearing on your IDs, the process is no longer reversible unless the marriage will be declared void because of annulment or death of the husband.

For those who are following the norms like me, we have to do all the name changing of all the IDs that we are using. I will be writing my experiences on this soon! ^_^ But for those who would want to do this,the law says,  it is perfectly okay.

(Credits to the owner of the pic.)


8 thoughts on “It’s a Choice, Not a Law to Change Your Maiden Name..”

  1. Hi, Im an American who recently was married to a Filipina in the Philippines. I was under the assumption that as soon as we were legally wed, my last name would legally become her own, without any extra added paperwork, and that later on she could change her IDs and such to reflect that. Because thats how it works in the US. But after reading your article, im not sure if that is the case. Does she now legally share my last name, or not? I need to know for immigration purposes.


    1. Hi Jeremy,
      Thanks for stopping by. For your question: “Does she now legally share my last name, or not?” I believe she does, but she needs to update her records for it to reflect in her documents, or else she would need to have your marriage certificate with her everythime she’ll have a transaction concerning status to show that you are married.

      Hope this helps.


  2. Hello, im married and i will apply passport for the first time, my prob is my requirements like ids is still my maiden name. But i already changed status in sss and philhealth. Pero di pa ko nakakakuha ng new id. Mgkakaproblema ba ko pgkuha ko ng passport pag ang ibinigay ko requirements is un old umid id ko? Ang ilalagay ko bang name sa passport is un maiden name ko na nakalagay sa mga id ko? Wala na kasi ako time para maasikaso pgkuha ng new id. Thanks in advance


    1. Hi Rei, thanks for stopping by. I’m not sure if they’ll accept the ids with maiden name. Bring your marraige certificate and birth certificate in case they’ll allow it. Hope you’ll have a successful application. When I applied for mine, my IDs are already changed to my married name.


  3. Hi Elizabeth… I am American and my wife is Filipino.. we were recently married in Manila October 2017.. my wife just went down to start the process of changing her maiden name to my last name on all of her ID’s.. she first went to social security office and they told her they couldn’t process the name change until she had her national ID status changed first.. is this true.. she waited all that time and then was told that.. she even brought our PSA copy of marriage certificate with her and they still were unwilling to help!! Can you please email me what she needs to do to make necessary changes..,I can’t petition her in the CR1 visa process with USCIS until we have changed her name status … thank you Rinny


    1. Hi Rinny, thanks for dropping by. To be honest I am not familiar with foreigners marrying filipinos but if you said that she has to update her status first in her national ID do you mean to say in her social security? I believe we don’t have national ID yet as it is still in process. Try to ask them again, bring all your documents.


      1. Thanks for your reply Eliz… Yes social security! She was able to get them to process it and it should take approximately 2 months.. She is a bulldog! Thanks again..


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