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Old 01-02-2009, 12:08 PM
M_M M_M started this thread
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I am recently married and my wife is about to start the name changing process. Her car is owned by her parents, but they have now given it to her permanently. The tags are due in a few weeks and we also need to get insurance on the car in our name. We just got the marriage license certificates in the mail but she has not yet gone through Social Security to change her name officially.

The car is registered in Georgia and we live in Florida.

We are thinking that we need to take these steps:
-Get the title in my name or her unmarried name (we have the form signed by her parents already but have not submitted it) - I'm thinking we can declare it a gift rather than a $1 sale because Florida does not charge sales tax on gifts according to the Florida's Tags & Title web site
-Get her added to my insurance in her unmarried name
-Go back and get the tags for the car using the proof of our insurance
-Change her name through Social Security
-Change the name on the title to her married name (or do nothing if we put the title in my name)
-Change the name on the insurance to her married name

I'm not sure what is necessary or not, and if this is in the right order. Any advice would be great!
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:17 PM
Location: Billings, MT
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As long as there is no intent to defraud, you (or your new wife[congratulations, by the way]) can use any name you want. Just my opinion, of course, but the first thing to do would be to take a copy of your marriage license to the Driver's License Bureau and get the name on her Driver's License changed. Then, go see the insurance agent, Then, go get the car title tranferred to your names, and registered in your State. You might want to consider the advantages of having the title specify "As Joint Tenants With Full Right of Survivorship". That way, if anything happens to either of you, the survivor automaticly owns the vehicle. Different States handle this different ways, so get legal advice for YOUR State.
The necessary forms for Social Security name change may be available online, or it may be necessary to visit the nearest office. don't forget to notify her employer (if any) of the name change. You should be able to visit your bank and have her name added to your account, or your name added to her account, or both, whichever you want to do.
Also, remember to make the necessary changes to any credit card accounts, savings accounts, loan accounts, etc.
Good luck.
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:34 PM
Location: Tennessee
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I've owned several vehicles in Florida, we always regisrered our vehicles as John Doe or Jane Doe. You can use your wifes married or maiden name on the title it doesn't matter. If you sell the vehicle only one signature is reguired on the title, either one can sign it.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:11 PM
M_M M_M started this thread
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Thank you both for the responses!
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