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Hi everyone,


Just wanted to clarify something -- I know we can apply for an SSN before getting married because it's more efficient that way, but do we need to wait to have the SSN card on hand before applying for the marriage license?


From what I've been reading on the VJ guides, I don't think these two things affect each other (they seem to only need a passport and a birth certificate as proof of identity if you're a foreigner), but I've never applied for a marriage license before so I didn't want to make a mistake and screw up either process because I was too hasty. Hopefully I'm just overthinking this. :bonk:

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Posted (edited)

You are correct.  A SSN is not required for your fiance to marry.

Edited by missileman

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Posted (edited)

Check the local town/county that you plan to get married in.   Each town/county can have different rules on what you need to bring in with you.   Some even still require blood tests.  You listed Houston TX as your location but I'm not sure if that's where you are getting married or not.   If so, https://www.cclerk.hctx.net/PersonalRecords.aspx#Mal


Give them a call :)

Edited by mtempelaar

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You shouldn't need one, but check your local county. Our marriage application had a space for my fiances SSN. The lady at the document center said to just put in 000-00-0000 since my now wife didn't. No biggy. It also helps not to get it until after marriage, In my opinion. If not you will need to get the SS card changed to match your last name. If she chooses to change her last name of course.

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In my case we got married first then when we got the certificate in the mail, went to SS office and the lady who interviewed me is a filipina, I already am using my married name and spent just 15mins in the said office. Just waiting for my SSN card, nxt step is my EAD to be filed by Monday. 

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