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SECTION 65
Optional change of name upon marriage, divorce or annulment
Civil Rights (CVR) CHAPTER 6, ARTICLE 6
§ 65. Optional change of name upon marriage, divorce or annulment. 1.
Any person may, upon marriage, elect to assume a new name according to
the provisions of paragraph (b) of subdivision one of section fifteen of
the domestic relations law.

2. Any person may, upon divorce or annulment, elect to resume the use
of a former surname or middle name according to the provisions of
section two hundred forty-a of the domestic relations law.

3. The effect of the name changes accomplished in the manner
prescribed in subdivisions one and two of this section shall be as set
forth in section sixty-four of this article.

4. Nothing in this article shall be construed to abrogate or alter the
common law right of every person, whether married or single, to retain
his or her name or to assume a new one so long as the new name is used
consistently and without intent to defraud.

5. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, the state shall
not impose any fee, charge, surcharge or assessment solely to change the
surname or middle name contained on a license, permit, registration or
other identifying document for a person who, because of a change in
marital status, has assumed a new name or reassumes use of a former
surname as provided for in this section.