- 8 years ago
We’re headed to get our marriage license next week. I’ve heard that the NY State form does not allow for two last names, rather you have to hypenate. Does anyone know if that’s true?
Below is the info I found on the City Clerk’s website about name chaning. It’s the “single surname” part that worries me…
(Part B of this question: i didn’t want to hyphenate because I was under the impression that I could then use his last name socially and mine professionally but legally we’d have the same name. Is that accurate?)
“Name change procedure and options
- Should you elect to change your surname, the change takes effect immediately upon the completion of your Marriage Ceremony.
- Either you or your prospective spouse may elect to change your surname by entering the new surname in the appropriate space on the application.
- The new name entered must consist of one of these four surname options:
- Option 1: the surname of either spouse; or
- Option 2: any former surname of either spouse; or
- Option 3: a name combining into a single surname, all or a segment of, the premarriage surname, or any former surname, of each spouse; or
- Option 4: a combination surname separated by a hyphen, provided that each part of such combination surname is the premarriage surname, or any former surname, of each of the spouses.
- The use of the name change option will provide you with a record that you elected to change your surname through marriage.
- Your Marriage Certificate constitutes proof that the use of the new surname or the retention of the former name is lawful.
- Neither the use of, nor the failure to use, this option of selecting a new surname through the use of the Marriage License application, affects your right to adopt a different surname through usage at some future date.