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