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    Default Can I Use My Maiden Name on My Professional License

    My question involves name change laws in the State of: Ohio

    I have an LPN license that is active and not restricted and i would like to keep my professional license under my maiden name. I have gotten married in August of last year and signed my name on the marriage certificate as my husbands last name, I changed my SSN to the married name. Is it too late to keep my professional name separate? I do not want to break any laws.

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    Default Re: Can I Use My Maiden Name on My Professional License

    You need to pick one name as your legal name and use it uniformly across the board.
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    Default Re: Can I Use My Maiden Name on My Professional License

    I see no reason why not - but you should check with the licensing agency.

    It does not seem to be any different from various actresses marrying, taking the husband's last name legally, but keeping their maiden name professionally.
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    Default Re: Can I Use My Maiden Name on My Professional License

    Thank you for the advise... I will contact the Board of Nursing and see what they have to say

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    Default Re: Can I Use My Maiden Name on My Professional License

    The issue with professional licensing is that it requires a legal entity of the same name to be licensed and practicing. Otherwise, if Jane Doe the nurse does something wrong you cannot report her to the state licensing board because she is not licensed. Jane Smith is. That is why your DL, SS card and any professional license require the same legal name.
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