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Scenario 1: Correcting an Error in the New Name Field on the Marriage Certificate

Scenario 2: Changing the New Name listed on the Marriage Certificate


Correcting an Error in the New Name Field on the Marriage Certificate

Scenario 1: The last name in the new name field of your marriage certificate is misspelled.

Example: Martha applied to obtain a new driver’s license reflecting her married last name and noticed her new last name was misspelled. How can Martha correct this typographical error?

Requirements: To correct a misspelling in the new name field, the following must be submitted to CDPH-VR:

  • Affidavit to Amend a Marriage Record VS 24C (PDF) form with proper signatures and verbiage
  • Photocopy of current marriage certificate
  • Notarized Sworn Statement (to receive authorized copy of marriage certificate)
  • Twenty-three dollar ($23) registration fee, which includes one certified copy of the amended certificate

Note: To correct a spelling error in the new name field due to a county or deputy clerk error requires at least one of the signatures on the affidavit (VS 24C) to be from a county or deputy clerk.  The reason for correction must read, “To correct county (or deputy) clerk error.”

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Changing the New Name listed on the Marriage Certificate

Scenario 2: After a couple weeks of being married, you decide you want to hyphenate your married last name with birth last name.

Example:  Margo married a man in the air force a few years ago, and took his last name as hers.  Since Margo has children from a previous relationship she has made the decision to hyphenate her married last name and her birth last name in the new name field on the marriage certificate. How can Margo change the new name listed on her marriage certificate?

Requirements: To change the new name field (i.e., deciding to hyphenate the birth last name), the following will need to be submitted to CDPH-VR:

  • Affidavit to Amend a Marriage Record VS 24C (PDF) form
  • Certified copy of a Court Order Name Change
  • Twenty-three dollar ($23) registration fee, which includes one certified copy of the amended certificate

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