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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 an authorized certified copy of the certificate)
  • Appropriate fee
    • There is no fee to register the amendment within the first year of marriage, however a copy of the amended certificate will not be issued.  If requesting copies of the amended record, the cost is fifteen dollars ($15) per copy requested.
    • If submitting the amendment one year or more from the date of marriage, then there is a twenty-three dollar ($23) registration fee, which includes one certified copy of the amended certificate.  Each additional copy is fifteen dollars ($15).

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.”

More Information:

  • Marriage Amendments webpage
  • To request an informational pamphlet, please provide the recipient’s name, mailing address, and the name of the pamphlet, "Amending a Marriage Certificate," to the Amendment Section at AMENDVR@cdph.ca.gov or call (916) 445-2684.


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
  • Notarized Sworn Statement (to receive an authorized certified copy of the certificate)
  • Appropriate fee
    • There is no fee to register the amendment within the first year of marriage, however a copy of the amended certificate will not be issued.  If requesting copies of the amended record, the cost is fifteen dollars ($15) per copy requested.
    • If submitting the amendment one year or more from the date of marriage, then there is a twenty-three dollar ($23) registration fee, which includes one certified copy of the amended certificate.  Each additional copy is fifteen dollars ($15).

More Information:

  • Marriage Amendments webpage
  • To request an informational pamphlet, please provide the recipient’s name, mailing address, and the name of the pamphlet, "Amending a Marriage Certificate," to the Amendment Section at AMENDVR@cdph.ca.gov or call (916) 445-2684.
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