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    micg0113 is offline Junior Member
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    Incorrectly spelled name on Birth Certificate

    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Rhode Island

    OK so i recently found out my first name is spelled wrong on my Birth Certificate, i have found out how i need to go about fixing that, but i am getting married in a month and was wondering if i dont get it fixed before we get married will this cause any legal issues with my marriage? will it be legal if my name on my birth certificate is spelled differently than whats on my marriage licsence? The place i am getting my marrieage licsence only requires a photo ID. please advise and thank you in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by micg0113 View Post
    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Rhode Island

    OK so i recently found out my first name is spelled wrong on my Birth Certificate,
    Really? Seems to me that it would be more accurate to say that you've been spelling your name wrong since birth. After all, the birth certificate was there first.

    In any event, I would start the process for fixing the birth certificate. Then, once that's underway, I believe you could legally sign the marriage certificate with the corrected name.
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    Well the spelling of my name is correct on all my other documents like my SS Card and my Certificate of Baptismal, it appears when the nurse filled out my Birth Certificate she spelled my first name wrong and my parents never caught it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by micg0113 View Post
    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Rhode Island

    OK so i recently found out my first name is spelled wrong on my Birth Certificate, i have found out how i need to go about fixing that, but i am getting married in a month and was wondering if i dont get it fixed before we get married will this cause any legal issues with my marriage? will it be legal if my name on my birth certificate is spelled differently than whats on my marriage licsence? The place i am getting my marrieage licsence only requires a photo ID. please advise and thank you in advance.
    My mother's first name was spelled wrong on her birth certificate and she had to get a legal name change through the courts. However that was a good 40 years ago so things may not be the same now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by micg0113 View Post
    Well the spelling of my name is correct on all my other documents like my SS Card and my Certificate of Baptismal, it appears when the nurse filled out my Birth Certificate she spelled my first name wrong and my parents never caught it.
    I guess you missed the great big smiling face at the end of my first paragraph. You see, that emoticon indicates that it was a joke.

    The real advice was in the second paragraph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by micg0113 View Post
    Well the spelling of my name is correct on all my other documents like my SS Card and my Certificate of Baptismal, it appears when the nurse filled out my Birth Certificate she spelled my first name wrong and my parents never caught it.
    You are missing misto's point. Since the BC was created first, it is evidence of all other spellings of your name are what are actually incorrect. The BC cannot be wrong because the other items have your named spelled differently. It has to be the other items have your name spelled wrong because your name is not spelled the same on them as it is on your BC.

    I cannot find much of anything regarding specific rules or directions that control this. I suggest you contact the office of vital records of your state and inquire with them.

    http://www.health.ri.gov/programs/vitalrecords/index.php

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