- 2 years ago
- Wedding: April 2025
Help! We’re about to apply for our marriage license in Virginia (yay!), but we don’t understand what name to put for our moms, haha.
This is the official explanation on the website. We can’t figure out if we should put our moms names as on our birth certificate (with a changed name) or as it was on their birth certificate (with maiden name). Anyone with experience getting a license in Virginia who can help this bee out?
“Enter each of your biological parents’ full name (first, middle, last and suffix) as it appears on your birth certificate. If either of your parents has a maiden name that is different from their married name, do not include their married name. Enter their full maiden name. It is important to spell your parent’s name correctly. Include your parent’s full middle name. If your parent is deceased, still include their full name. Do not include a step-parent. Do not leave this field blank.
If your parent is on your birth certificate, you must include their name on your license. If your parent is not on your birth certificate, entering their name is optional. If you don’t want to include their name or you don’t know who your parent is, enter “unknown.” If you were legally adopted, enter the full name of your adoptive parent, exactly as it appears on your birth certificate. If your parent legally changed their name by court order, then list their new name as specified on the court order.“