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SCDMV says name change issue was misunderstanding

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Jason and Amanda Baize appear in this family photo. (June 25, 2012/Baize Family) Jason and Amanda Baize appear in this family photo. (June 25, 2012/Baize Family)
GREENVILLE, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

The leader of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles said an employee made a mistake by refusing to let a man change his name to his wife's name unless he had a court order.

DMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo said Tuesday that the agency has had a policy for years that treats a man taking his new wife's name the same as a woman taking her new husband's name.

The American Civil Liberties Union wrote a letter to the DMV last week after a Travelers Rest man said he was told to get a court order last month when he sought a new license after taking his wife's name.

Amanda Baize told FOX Carolina's Jade Hindmon that her husband wanted to use her name because of personal reasons.

The DMV only requires a marriage license to change a name on a driver's license.

Beth Parks, a spokesperson for the DMV, said a man taking his wife's name is a rare request. She said that since the mistake, all employees have received a reminder of the policy.

Parks said the department is working with Baize to complete the name change.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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