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Karrena
Beginner December 2022

Name Change

Karrena, on November 25, 2022 at 11:17 AM Posted in California Planning 0 3
Hi everyone! Okay so here’s my question, I live In the state of California and I’m trying to fill out my marriage certificate. I’m planning on changing my first name as well. My question is, can I just fill out the marriage certificate with the new first name or do I fill it out with my current legal first name, new last name and then submit a name change to the court? Any answers would be helpful, thank you!

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Latest activity by Michael, on November 27, 2022 at 8:46 PM
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    Savvy June 2023
    Mary ·
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    Hey I’m not sure for California, but I’m in NYC and the city clerk wedding webpage here has so much helpful info. Explains that you can only change a last name in connection with a marriage cert & first name change is a completely separate process. If you didn’t already reach out to the clerk’s office or check their website, that might be a good place to start.
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  • Michele
    Rockstar July 2023
    Michele ·
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    Mary is correct. You have to legally change your first name before entering it on your marriage license.
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  • Michael
    Rockstar October 2023
    Michael ·
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    Unless you change your first name through the courts before doing the wedding license application, you will have to use whatever first name you have now and then, after the wedding, go to the court and change your first name. The marriage certificate then could be updated to have your new first name. I sort of guess the officiant could use your "nickname" for the wedding ceremony, especially if you have been known by that name before.

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