(Closed) Marriage License: I wrote my mom's maiden name wrong!

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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 # 5
23599 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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.

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