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Name Change

Decision to change name when getting married

Name change procedure and options

Legal implications of this option

Right to adopt any name
New York Law states that you have the right to adopt any name you wish simply by using that name consistently and without intent to defraud.

Domestic Relations Law, Section 15 (1) (b)
The content below contains all of Section 15 (1) (b) of the Domestic Relations Law of the City of New York.

State of New York 
Domestic Relations Law
Article 3 Solemnization, Proof and Effect of Marriage
Section 15 Duties of town and city clerks
Paragraph (1)

  1. Every application for a marriage license shall contain a statement to the following effect:

    NOTICE TO APPLICANTS
    1. Every person has the right to adopt any name by which he or she wishes to be known simply by using that name consistently and without intent to defraud.
    2. A person's last name (surname) does not automatically change upon marriage, and neither party to the marriage must change his or her last name. Parties to a marriage need not have the same last name.
    3. One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the surname by which he or she wishes to be known after the solemnization of the marriage by entering the new name in the space below. Such entry shall consist of one of the following surnames:
      1. the surname of the other spouse; or
      2. any former surname of either spouse; or
      3. a name combining into a single surname all or a segment of the premarriage surname or any former surname of each spouse; or
      4. a combination name separated by a hyphen, provided that each part of such combination surname is the premarriage surname, or any former surname, of each of the spouses.
    4. The use of this option will have the effect of providing a record of the change of name. The marriage certificate, containing the new name, if any, constitutes proof that the use of the new name, or the retention of the former name, is lawful.
    5. Neither the use of, nor the failure to use, this option of selecting a new surname by means of this application abrogates the right of each person to adopt a different name through usage at some future date.

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New York Town Clerk's Office

Albany Town Clerk
Albany, NY
716.335.2330
Allegany Town Clerk
Dansville, NY
334.928.2785
Batavia Town Clerk
Batavia, NY
716.343.1729
Bath Town Clerk
Bath, NY
607.776.7013
Bristol Town Clerk
Canadaigua, NY
716.229.2400
Bronx City Clerk
Bronx, NY
718.802.3585
Broome Town Clerk
Binghamton, NY
607.772.0357
Buffalo Town Clerk
Buffalo, NY
716.851.5444
Canton Town Clerk
Canton, NY
315.386.8311
Catskill Town Clerk
Catskill, NY
518.943.2141
Cattaraugus Town Clerk
Little Valley, NY
716.257.9288
Cayuga Town Clerks Office
Auburn, NY
315.253.9021
Chemung Town Clerk
Elmira, NY
607.734.2031
Clarkstown Town Clerk
New City, NY
914.639.2010
Clinton Town Clerk
Plattsburgh, NY
518.563.8100
Columbia Town Clerk
Hudson, NY
518.828.4656
Cortland Town Clerk
Cortland, NY
607.756.6521
Deerfield Town Clerk
Utica, NY
315.724.0413
Delaware Town Clerk
Delhi, NY
607.746.2236
Dix Town Clerk
Watkins Glen, NY
607.535.9125
Elizabethtown Town Clerk
Elizabethtown, NY
518.873.6555
Fort Edward Town Clerk
Fort Edward, NY
518.747.5212
Geneseo Town Clerk
Geneseo, NY
716.243.0722
Goshen Town Clerk
Goshen, NY
914.294.6250
Herkimer Town Clerks
Herkimer, NY
315.866.2690
Johnstown Town Clerk
Johnstown, NY
518.762.7070
Lake George Town Clerk
Lake George, NY
518.668.5722
Lake Pleasant Clerk
Lake Pleasant, NY
518.548.3625
Lockport Town Clerk
Lockport, NY
716.439.9524
Lyons Town Clerk
Lyons, NY
315.946.6252
Malone Town Clerk
Malone, NY
518.483.4740
Malta Town Clerk
Ballston Spa, NY
518.899.2552
Manhattan Town Clerk
New York, NY
212.669.8898
Mohawk Town Clerk
Fonda, NY
518.853.3031
New Bremen Town Clerk
Lowville, NY
315.376.2641
North Castle Town Clerk
Armonk, NY
914.273.3321
Norwich Town Clerk
Norwich, NY
607.334.1220
Onondaga Town Clerk
Syracuse, NY
315.469.1583
Orleans Town Clerk
Albion, NY
716.589.5100
Oswego Town Clerk
Osewego, NY
315.343.2586
Owego Town Clerk
Owego, NY
607.687.2194
Potter Town Clerk
Penn Yan, NY
716.554.6758
Poughkeepsie Town Clerk
Poughkeepsie, NY
914.485.3620
Putnam Town Clerk
Carmel, NY
914.225.2067
Queens Town Clerk
Jamaica, NY
718.520.3137
Riverhead Town Clerk
Riverhead, NY
516.727.3200
Rochester Town Clerk
Accord, NY
914.626.7384
Rye Town Clerk
Port Chester, NY
914.939.3570
Schenactady Town Clerk
Schenectady, NY
518.384.0036
Schoharie Town Clerk
Schoharie, NY
518.295.7677
Staten Island Town Clerk
Staten Island, NY
718.816.2290
Thompson Town Clerk
Monticello, NY
914.794.2500
Tompkins Town Clerk
Ithaca, NY
607.273.1721
Troy Town Clerk
Troy, NY
518.279.3461
Ulster Town Clerk
Lake Katrine, NY
914.382.2455
Warsaw Town Clerk
Warsaw, NY
716.786.2800
Waterloo Town Clerk
Waterloo, NY
315.539.3080
Watertown Town Clerk
Watertown, NY
315.785.9793
Woodbury Town Clerk
Highland Mills, NY
914.928.6323

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