A 40-year-old South Florida man who took his wife's last name in what he calls an "act of love" after their 2011 marriage is fighting the state's Department of Motor Vehicles, which accused him of fraud and suspended his driver's license.
When he married 32-year-old Hanh Dinh, Lazaro Sopena offered to change his name in order to help her Vietnamese family perpetuate their family surname.
Soon after they tied the knot, he got a new passport and Social Security card and changed his bank account and credit cards before applying to update his driver's license.
He was initially issued a new license after presenting his marriage certificate at the DMV and paying a $20 fee, just as newly married women are required to do when they take their husband's name.
But Lazaro Dinh got a letter from Florida's DMV more than a year later accusing him of fraud and saying his license would be suspended.
When he contacted the DMV, he was told he had to go to court to legally change his name, which takes several months and requires a $400 filing fee, telling him that changing his name due to marriage, quote, "only works for women."
Dinh is appealing the order to have his license suspended, with his attorney noting that nine states allow a man to change his name upon marriage.
In the meantime, Dinh is not able to legally drive.