View Full Version : New Jersey DMV Name Change-Problems with Aruba Translated Marriage Certificate

Karen Lutzker
08-07-2008, 04:05 PM
Has any recently married New Jersey bride's who married in an Aruba civil ceremony had a problem changing their drivers license name to their marriage name because the NJ DMV would not accept their marriage cerificate translated from Dutch to English? A couple I know had just that problem and were given a list of NJ translators to have their civil marriage certificate translated. When a couple decides to have their civil ceremony in Aruba their marriage certificate is written in Dutch. The signed Dutch copy is sent out to government approved translator. When the couple receives their original signed Dutch Marriage Certificate and their English translated marriage certificate, that certificate has a few official seals that the document was certified. I am very curious to find out if any NJ couples had a problem with their DMV when the bride went to change the name on her drivers license to her new marriage name. For that matter, did any bride recently married in a civil ceremony in Aruba have a problem changing her name on her social security card, passport or even drivers license because their translated marriage certificate was not accepted? Your experiences would certainly be helpful to future couples getting married in an Aruba civil ceremony. Thanks in advance :)

08-07-2008, 05:03 PM
Hi Karen,
Once I received my translated documents (another story!), I did not have any trouble getting my name changed in the state of Ohio. Driver's license, social security card, credit cards, checking accounts, etc.

Karen Lutzker
08-07-2008, 08:47 PM
Hi Lori,

Glad you did not have a problem with your name change. It was a surprise to me when this couple mentioned that NJ DMV refused to give the bride a new drivers license with her name change because they do not accept Aruba's translated marriage certificate and insisted that they go to a NJ translator that is on their approved list. No one that I know from NJ has had a problem in NJ with name change providing Aruba translated marriage certificate as proof of who they are. Your problem was that it took months before you received your translated marriage certificate. I am glad that I was able to help you expedite it from Aruba :) Hope I receive more replies regarding this matter. I called a translator here in NJ who told me that they never heard of NJ DMV not accepting a certifed translated marriage certificate from couple's that got married overseas. Take care and be well :)

08-13-2008, 10:16 PM
Thanks again, Karen, for your help in getting my translated marriage documents. I'm sure I would still be waiting if I hadn't been for you and Edwina!

03-08-2018, 01:07 AM
I was married in December 2005. No trouble banks, DMV, social security. I just applied to renew my expired passport that was in maiden name. Had a problem. They didn’t want to except exact same type of licence as listed in original post- translation, official seals, Dutch. They finally excepted document, I contacted my uS Senator for help. It was stressful!!