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County Clerk

Mary B. Bedard, CPA

1115 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93313-4639

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Mon-Fri 661-868-3588


Name Equality Act of 2007

The Name Equality Act of 2007 allows applicants to elect to change the middle or last names by which each party will be known after solemnization of the marriage. The elected names are entered on the marriage license when it is issued. Couples should give serious thought to what their married legal names will be before applying for a license. Changing a name after the license is issued but BEFORE the couple marries will require the purchase of a new license. Changing a name after the marriage is solemnized requires a court order and can be a lengthy, expensive process.