You've paid for the wedding dress, rented the tuxedo, hired a person to conduct your ceremony and said your "I do's." Now, you need that precious marriage license to arrive in the mail. It should take, at the least, about two weeks.
One thing to keep in mind is the time to receive your marriage license depends on what U.S. state or Canadian province you live in and what state or province you were married in. The license will be printed where you were married. Depending on how far it has to travel to get to you dictates the time you'll wait for it.
It's the marriage official who's responsible for filing the papers for your official license through the government. The bride and groom are responsible to pay for the license before the wedding (time frames vary depending on where you live) and provide pertinent information. Marriage officials are obligated to file the forms within one week of the date of marriage, which means a turnaround of two to three weeks before you receive it in the mail.
Once your license arrives, you can start changing your last name. Take your license with you everywhere you want to change your name.
Lindsey Salloway started writing professionally in 2005. She has worked for various publications including the "Calgary Sun," "Calgary Journal" and "Penticton Western News." She also completed major journalism projects for various organizations such as the Foothills Country Hospice. Salloway holds a Bachelor of Communications in journalism from Mount Royal University.