I got married about 7-8 years ago and never went through the process of changing my last name(only using maiden name on all my documents) even though I signed my marriage certificate with my first name and only husbands last name. Now my passport is up for renewal and I’m going to start the process of changing my last name. But I want to hyphenate my last name ( Maiden name+ New last name). But I’m from New York and I have heard that you can only change your name to what’s exactly on the marriage certificate ( just my husbands last name.) So can I hyphenate my last name to include my Maiden and married name even though my marriage certificate only has my husbands last name ?
You can go to the clerk of the court and they should be able to provide you with the paperwork you will need to fill out to change your name so it is hyphenated.
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