If I got married using my stepfather’s last name since that’s what was on my driver’s license but he never adopted me, is my marriage legal?

The name change was not legal.

Asked on November 14, 2012 under Family Law, Utah


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking, a person can use any name that they choose as long as it is not meant to defraud.  There must be some legal document around that has his name on it for you to be able to obtain the driver's license.  You are required to show a legal document to obtain a permit and hence the license.  I think that you should speak with someone about straightening it all out.  Good luck.

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