Post # 1
So I’m in the State of California, Santa Clara County to be exact. So I wrote down my mom’s maiden name wrong which is supposed to be her mom’s maiden name! (all these is so confusing) But anyway: I wrote the wrong last name down for my mother.
I guess I was confused because even my brother is confused about it. So I was wondering what my options were. It was a pain to get these already as the offices close at 4:30pm over here but I’d like this to be remedied! I feel too badly over something I’m going to have for the rest of my life!
Plus, wouldn’t this void my marriage?
Post # 3
I know her in NE it doesn’t void anything, you just go down to the office, show them the mistake, pay a small fee and they correct and reissue. I hope that it is as easy for you in CA.
Post # 4
@tksjewelry: do you know if both parties need to be present again?
Post # 5
@chazieurbie: Aww sweetie, that totally sounds like a mistake I would make! I can’t imagine it being a problem here in cali – I’d call to ask ahead of time if both parties need to be present, but i’m guessing just you would be fine?
Post # 6
@chazieurbie: Yikes! That IS confusing. I’m not even sure I’d know my maternal grandmother’s maiden name. I’d have to double check with my mom. Crazy – good luck with getting it sorted out.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
It shouldn’t void it. It most likely would be considered a scrivenir’s error. What it means is that if someone was doing background research in the future they might hit a roadblock trying to find your mom when they got to your marriage license. I am sure that many brides write down their mother’s last name wrong on the license and it really won’t be much of an issue. Otherwise, unless you plan to frame the license itself (which here in FL is an ugly application; you have to pay extra to order a certificate), it really isn’t an issue at all.
But if it’s going to bug you for the rest of your life, call the clerk’s office and find out your options on how to correct it before the wedding.
Post # 8
So I finally went to get it changed! My FH and I went to the courthouse right when they opened and I was prepared to pay $25 (which is what the fee was when I called).
The guy who helped us totally didn’t care and just changed it for us without any fees. I was about to ask him, “oh how much?” but luckily I didn’t. We just left and that was that!
And yes, my FH needed to be there with me because we were signing the license again.