My question involves name change laws in the State of: California I copied this following question from a closed thread and am reposting it because it describes my situation exactly. Thank you in advance for your advice.
From member Whoami?
It's long and confusing so beware.
Ok so I'm 24 and my license is about to expire. So TODAY I find out that I was born (Name A), and rather than fully, legally changing my name (my mom wanted me to have her maiden name and to switch my first and middle names to create Name B), my mom decided to JUST change it with the social security people (cause back then you didn't need a court order for that, you just sort of signed up for the change). Ok so I grow up thinking my name is (Name B). Almost 4 years ago I got married changing my last name to (Name C). Now EVERYTHING (drivers license, ssc, credit, marriage license, mortgage, taxes, car, EVERYTHING) but my birth cert is in (Name C) which is still in (Name A). Now I find out that w/o a birth cert in (Name B) I can't renew my drivers license !!! And that EVERYTHING ELSE could be declared fraudulent as well!! How the HELL am I supposed to fix this!?!?! The people at the court house were of no help. The just said that if I did a legal change from (Name A) to (Name B) then my name would be (Name B) and NOT (Name C). If I did a legal name change from (Name A) to (Name C) then what would I do about my marriage license and stuff (that says Name B changes to Name C). Aaaaaaagggg! I have o clue where to start and my B#TCH of a mom just said, "well I don't think it really matters". UM YES IT DOES!!!!! I won't have a drivers license in 2 months!!!! What I really want is a birth cert in (Name B) and thus everything else would make perfect sense. But seriously, ANY actual legal solution will do!