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#1 nucklehead

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:26 AM

http://news.yahoo.co...jWb_2rLwbdUTC0V#_=_
Told: "That only works for women".

A newly married South Florida man who opted to take his wife's last name is fighting the state's Department of Motor Vehicles after it suspended his driving license on grounds of fraud.
Real estate investor Lazaro Sopena offered to change his name following his 2011 marriage to Hanh Dinh in order to help his wife's Vietnamese family perpetuate their family surname.
Shortly after their marriage, Lazaro Dinh obtained a new passport and Social Security card and changed his bank account and credit cards before applying to update his drivers license...More than a year later Dinh received a letter from Florida's DMV last December accusing him of "obtaining a driving license by fraud," and advising him that his license would be suspended at the end of the month. Ironically, it was addressed to Lazaro Dinh...

Fraud or the states attempt to negate his marriage?
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:39 AM

That's a pretty stupid rationale.
If guys want to take on their wives name then so be it.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:05 AM

I bet he Dinh expect that
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:14 AM

http://news.yahoo.co...jWb_2rLwbdUTC0V#_=_
Told: "That only works for women".


Fraud or the states attempt to negate his marriage?


I really doubt they'd care that a Cuban was marrying a Vietnamese.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

He can legally change his name to James Bond if he wants so why not Dinh?
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:32 AM

Was Lazaro served a Sopena for this?
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:07 AM

He can legally change his name to James Bond if he wants so why not Dinh?

That's the point, a marriage is not a legal name change. He only got married, there's no mention of him filing for a name change as well.

As a wife, you are allowed to use the last name of your husband, and put it on official documents like your passport and driver's license, but your name is still legally your maiden name. Only if you have a full name change done is your name no longer your maiden name.

Now, as to why it isn't allowed the other way for a husband to start using his wife's last name, perhaps it's just not accounted for since it rarely if ever happens. He could certainly apply for a legal name change, however. That would be the obvious solution in this case.

Edited by elvis15, 30 January 2013 - 10:09 AM.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

In BC the law is gender neutral unlike the law in Florida when one changes surnames upon marriage:


Reverting To A Maiden Surname Or Previous Married Name
  • After marriage, you can choose to continue using your own surname, or you can start using your spouse's surname. Changing to your spouse's surname does not constitute a legal change of name under the Name Act.
  • A spouse by marriage may use the surname he or she had immediately before the marriage, the surname he or she had at birth or by adoption, or the surname of his or her spouse by marriage.
  • Please note: A Change of Name would be necessary to combine or hyphenate surnames.
  • Individuals who decide to revert to their original surname at a later date do not need to apply for a Change of Name.
  • In the case of divorce or a person just wanting to revert to a previous name, they may choose: their married surname; their previous married surname; or, their name at birth.
http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/name/revert.html
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

Yup, I didn't know that until I got married myself. It came up in conversation at the notary when we were doing our marriage license.

Interesting point about the hyphenated names though, as mine is hyphenated but has been since before my great-great grandparents (although obviously the law would likely have been a little different then).
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:12 PM

You guys forgot one key piece of this story... the DMV is moronic and can not tell its head from its hind-end.

That is probably the REAL problem here.

Edited by Oregon Canucky, 30 January 2013 - 06:12 PM.

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