Posted September 9th, 2005, 12:31 AM
Here's an update on my sitch (kayred, this may help you too):
I had my mom talk to an attorney she knows, and I also called the National Passport Information Center. Both said to bring documentation that I had been using my current last name for at least the last 5 years, along with my forms, birth certificate, drivers license, etc.
I went earlier today to the post office near where I work to apply. The woman at the post office told me the guy with NPIC was "wrong" and said "I don't know why that guy would tell you that." She told me none of my documentation would work. According to her, I needed to bring in a copy of my the marriage certificate from when my mom married my step-dad (which is a bit of a pain, since they're in the process of a messy divorce).
Feeling really upset, and confused, I called the NPIC (whose phone number is 1-877-487-2778 -- and all the people I dealt with were incredibly friendly and helpful). I got a different person this time, and he told me the woman at the post office was absolutely wrong, and what I had been told before was correct. He said I could go back to that woman and have her call them, and they'd "put her in her place." I decided to avoid that in case she was so upset at being made to look bad that she conveniently "lost" my application.
Shortly thereafter, I received an email from NPIC (responding to an email about the matter I sent a few days ago). It basically said that what I had was a "non-legal name change" and that I needed to submit the normal stuff, plus at least 3 pieces of supporting evidence from 5 years ago or longer that proved that I had been using this last name. Stuff like school records, paycheck stubs, a copy of the page from my high school year book with my picture and name, mortgage papers, bank statements, and all kinds of other things. (If anyone wants me to post that email, let me know)
When I took it to a different person this evening (at the City Clerk's office), she acepted it no problem. Of course, the true test is whether or not I actually receive it. But, I'm feeling much more optimistic.
Kayred, I'm sure this is what you'll need to do, too. The form has a spot for "what other names have you gone by." Put alternate spellings there. You can also request that they do an "AKA" if they say you have to put your birth spelling. That way, both spellings will be present in your passport.
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