Saturday, January 9, 2010

California marriage license changes in 2010

As of January 1st 2010 the following two changes should be noted:
  1. All applications for certified copies of the marriage license must now be notarized, unless, after marriage, one of the parties personally goes into the clerk’s office to request the certified copies.
  2. If the bride or groom are changing their middle or last name in any way, the change must be declared on the marriage license. A bride who does not declare her name change upon marriage license issuance will not automatically be able to change her last name on Social Security, Passport or with other Federal government agencies without going through the California state courts after marriage. This was not the case before, as the right to change a last name to that of the husband's or to hyphenate was automatic.

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