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#21 starchild

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    Posted 01 August 2008 - 01:56 AM

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    Originally Posted by Nrvsbride
    Jamy I'm shocked your credit cards wouldn't let you do it over the phone. I have American Express, Chase, Bank of America and they all let me do it over the phone with no problems.
    Yep, Capital One and Macy's said it's for my protection and I had to do it that way. And it gets better, I ordered concert tickets and put my "new" name as the credit card holder because it had been over a week since I made the change...Ticketmaster said the names didn't match so I explained and gave my maiden name, and "for my protection" they wouldn't send me the tickets anymore. I had to go in person to pick them up, and pay a $1 convenience charge...it's madness I tell you! LOL


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    Originally Posted by JUSTUSTWO
    In terms of the Driver's License, you can go online & fill out the form that has to do with "name changes". I then took that form, my marriage certificate & my old drivers license & went to the DMV. I thought I just had to give them that form & that would be it. I was not prepared for them to tell me that I had to take a new picture!!!! I did that & that was it. I got my new license in the mail in like 2 weeks.
    In CA you can't even print out the form online and take it in, another safety concern. I had to go to the DMV and stand in line for the form (because those forms aren't sitting out with the others for safety reasons). Then I filled it out, got back into line, and was given a number to wait for the person I had to show my documents to!

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    Originally Posted by NYJen
    Yeah Glenda!!! I'm glad nothing was too painful for you.

    I'm going to the DMV tomorrow - wish me luck.

    Oh, and did I ever tell you about when I went to change my name with my bank. I still bank with Bank of America (even though I'm no longer an employee.) So the first thing I did was call them and ask what was needed. They told me I could go to any branch and all I needed was my marriage certificate (MC.) I even told the woman on the phone that my MC is in Spanish, would that be a problem? She said no. Ok great! So I go to a branch in my neighborhood and ask them to make the change. They tell me I need my SS card too (which I hadn't received yet.) And I was PISSED because I SPECIFICALLY called and asked so I wouldn't waste my time. <<Ok, shake it off Jen, shake it off.>>

    So, I wait for my SS card to come in the mail and I attempt to visit a different branch. When I get there, they tell me there is no one there to translate the MC. <<You have got to be f*cking kidding me!!>>

    So I go to a THIRD branch and basically tell the guy, "This is my third attempt to change my name - here's how it's going to work." He was very apologetic and said he would help me. I told him I was an ex-employee and that the freaking bank has my fingerprints on file for crying out loud. He thens asks me if I have any other documents with my new name (in addition to the MC and SS card.) I was like, "Buddy, I'm going to STAB you if you don't change my name today." He changed it. Needless to say, I'm looking for a new bank.
    What a hassle. I would be extremely irritated!

    #22 PaulaV

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      Posted 01 August 2008 - 09:19 AM

      Great information Glenda, thank you for posting it.
      I am surprised at how easy it is to have it changed for credit cards, bills, cell phones, etc.

      I *still* have not changed my name and as I discussed with Jamy, if I were still in Mexico, I wouldn't - women just don't legally change it. I was trying to figure out a way to have my maiden and his last name both as my last name so I could go by either one.

      #23 starchild

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        Posted 01 August 2008 - 09:29 AM

        Quote:
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        Great information Glenda, thank you for posting it.
        I am surprised at how easy it is to have it changed for credit cards, bills, cell phones, etc.

        I *still* have not changed my name and as I discussed with Jamy, if I were still in Mexico, I wouldn't - women just don't legally change it. I was trying to figure out a way to have my maiden and his last name both as my last name so I could go by either one.
        I was thinking of you and wondering how it's coming along...it's such a big decision and a lengthy process so don't do anything until you are certain! I can't imagine how tough it would be to change your name a third time LOL

        #24 Lillie09

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          Posted 01 August 2008 - 10:17 AM

          Thank you for this. I know I will be referring back to this thread next year!

          #25 LOTTALUV92

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            Posted 31 August 2008 - 10:14 PM

            Thanks for the information on all the process of name changes

            #26 amyh

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              Posted 31 August 2008 - 10:28 PM

              Thanks G! I just change my name with the SS office on Friday and will go to the DMV next week! 2 months later.. I know feel "officially" a Mrs.!

              #27 smille50

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                Posted 19 December 2010 - 11:07 AM

                Thanks for all of the great info!  Very helpful!



                #28 schmizer

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                  Posted 20 December 2010 - 09:15 AM

                  Thanks for posting.  Very helpful information.






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