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The Name Equality Act of 2007 – Family Code 306.5 provides: At the time of application for a marriage license, one or both parties to the marriage may elect to change the middle or last names, or both, by which that party wishes to be known after solemnization of the marriage by entering that information on the marriage license application.

Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following last names:

  • The current last name of either spouse
  • The last name of either spouse given at birth
  • A name combining into a single last name all or a segment of the current last name or the last name of either spouse given at birth
  • A combination of last names

Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following middle names:

  • The current last name of either spouse
  • A combination of the current middle name and the current last name of the person or spouse
  • Segments are not allowed in the middle name
  • A combination of the current middle name and the birth last name of the person or spouse
  • Parties may not completely drop their existing middle name
NOTE:

Parties to the marriage are not required to change their name

Parties to the marriage may not change their first name on the marriage license

Parties to the marriage may not add or amend the information after the marriage license has been issued

This law shall not abrogate the right of either party to adopt a different name at a future date through non-fraudulent common law usage or to petition the superior court for a change of name pursuant to Title 8 (commencing with Section 1275) of Part 3 of the Code of Civil Procedure

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