misspelled parents' middle name on marriage license

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m surprised that the office allowed this to happen. When we applied for our license we had to provide birth certificates and they checked our parent’s names when we brought it up to the desk. Therefore, we had to have it spelled right. I guess it varies by location though. I’m not sure where you are located so I’m not sure what the rules are about that for you.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My marriage license is basically a dodgy photocopy with a stamp on it that makes it official. I don’t think half of it is even particularly legible. I highly doubt anyone will ever notice/care that parents’ middle names are misspelled — the only names anyone will really look at will be yours 🙂

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@VMars:  if I hadn’t had my birth certificate with me I would have spelled my mom’s middle name wrong 🙂 hopefully some CA bees will chime in. WI seems to be pretty strict compared to other states when it comes to marriage licenses so other states might not make an issue about it. I was so paranoid about our license that I would probably call the office and ask just to absolutely make sure.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

this sometimes makes your marriage license when you apply for it invalid

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsBeck:  I don’t know where the OP is from, but in Michigan, all we had to do was provide our full names, birth dates/city/state, address, # of times previously married, parents’ full names/states of birth, and our SSNs. We typed that info into the form online and then went down to the county clerk and showed our IDs. They printed off the info and had us double check, we signed, and then they filed it. 

OP, I don’t think it’s that bad. I’m not really finding anything on it, which says to me that it’s not a big deal, especially since it’s a middle name.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@VMars:  I mean, just imagine what it would take for someone to raise an objection to it — first they’d have to NOTICE that your dad’s middle name is misspelled, which seems awfully unlikely, and then they’d have to PROVE it by providing a birth certificate … and even then, it’s like, who cares? You still got legally married. So I wouldn’t worry a minute about it!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I wouldn’t worry, but call your Town Hall clerk just to make sure!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@vorpalette:  I’m surprised you all only had to show an ID. We had to show our ID, social security, proof of residence (or the official’s address) and birth certificate. When we brought our application to the desk they checked our parents full names from the certificate so it did matter then. Beyond that it probably doesn’t matter. I think our county has very strict rules compared to come off the stuff I’ve seen on here.

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