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    Default Accidentally Changed My Name

    My question involves name change laws in the State of: California

    So I know this sounds silly but this actually happened to me (and I bet it's not too uncommon). I accidentally changed my name.

    I recently became a US citizen and by electing not to change my name, I ended up changing my name. You see, the name I was born with is not the name I have used since I've lived in the US. In short, in Mexico you inherit a last name from both parents and here I've only ever used the last name of my father. My entire existence (except for my immigration documentation) has only one last name but when I became a citizen I inadvertently left the second last name and now everything from my new SS card to my new Real ID will need to have a different name. For several reasons (including the fact that everyone else in my family has only the one name), I think I want to keep my current name.

    Anyway, I wasn't sure whether to place my question in this forum or the immigration side but I figure the only thing I can do now is change my name to well, my name. Should cost me about $500 or so. Just want to make sure I'm not missing something and whether that will basically make things right for me.

    FYI, I became a citizen in August and didn't realize the issue until I went to update my SS record (which I didn't end up doing at that time).

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Accidentally Changed My Name

    If you want consistency, and your ID is important for travel, it's probably a good idea to get the court order clarifying your name.

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    Default Re: Accidentally Changed My Name

    If you are now a US citizen, the immigration department is done with you. Your legal name is what is on your certificate of naturalization. If you want something else at this point, you'll have to go through the court name change procedure. See here: https://www.courts.ca.gov/1051.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en

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    Default Re: Accidentally Changed My Name

    Appreciate the responses. Yeah, it sucks but it's not the end of the world. Just want to make sure that the first two responses are saying essentially the same thing. Also, should I expect there to be a bump in the cost to change my name once we hit 2020?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Accidentally Changed My Name

    2020 fee schedule says $435 (which I believe is the same as it's been for the past few years).
    Get a few extra "certified" copies of the order while you're there. You will have to show them, and sometimes leave them to get things changed.

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    Default Re: Accidentally Changed My Name

    Quote Quoting flyingron
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    2020 fee schedule says $435 (which I believe is the same as it's been for the past few years).
    Get a few extra "certified" copies of the order while you're there. You will have to show them, and sometimes leave them to get things changed.
    Thank you. Really appreciate the response. Have a great day.

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