A person's last
name does not automatically change upon marriage, and neither
party to the marriage is required to change his or her last
name. One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change
the last name by which he or she wishes to be known after
the marriage by entering the new name in the appropriate space
provided on the marriage license. The new name must consist
of one of the following options:
- the surname
of the other spouse
- any former
surname of either spouse
- a name combining
into a single surname all or a segment of the pre-marriage
surname or any former surname of each spouse
- a combination
name separated by a hyphen, provided that each part of such
combination surname is the pre-marriage surname, or any
former surname, of each of the spouses.
Whether you decide
to use or not to use this option at the time of your marriage
license application, you still have the right to adopt a different
name through usage at some future date. However, your marriage
license cannot be changed to record a surname you decide to
use after your marriage.
Do I need
to notify Social Security?
If you elect to
change your name, you must notify Social Security to have
your name changed in their records. There is no charge for
How do I
get a copy of my marriage record?
A certified copy
of the marriage record may be obtained from the office of
the Town or City Clerk who issued the license (fee $10), or
from the New York State Department of Health (fee $30).
To request a copy
of a marriage certificate from the Avon Town Clerk by
mail, you must:
- Download the
to Town Clerk for Copy of Marriage Record form.
- Remit the completed
form and the $10 fee to: Avon Town Clerk, 23 Genesee Street,
Avon, NY 14414.
- Along with
the above information, please send a photocopy of your driver's
license and a notarized letter requesting the marriage certificate.
To request a copy
of a marriage certificate from the Avon Town Clerk in
person, you must:
- Complete an
application form available from the clerk
- Remit the $10
fee (cash or check)
- Present identification
Please note that
because of the personal information contained on the marriage
certificate, the Town Clerk will not give a copy of a marriage
license to anyone except the bride or groom. Marriage licenses
copies cannot be picked up by or mailed to children, parents,
or friends of the bride and groom.
For more information,
please visit the Department of Health web site at: www.health.state.ny.us/vital_records/