Who the hell am I?
October 22, 2010 4:23 PM Subscribe
My married name was "Jane Whatever Doe". I got divorced a while back and my legal (according to Social Security) name is "Jane Whatever Smith." Everyone in the art world knows me by my married name of "Jane Doe," so my driver's license says "Jane Whatever Smith-Doe." Are you confused yet? More within...
posted by madred to law & government (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I kept it that way on my driver's license so that I wouldn't have problems with checks written to either "Jane Doe" or "Jane Smith" or "Jane Smith-Doe". Also, there are so many places where my name is one or the other and I can't remember which one I may have been using at the time. All of my credit cards are hyphenated...
In other words, my name is a complicated mess.
I have two questions:
1. How should I handle this name issue in regards to acquiring a passport? Although my driver's license says "Smith-Doe," my name is legally just "Smith," right? Does my passport have to match my DL?
2. If your answer is that I should change ALL identifying materials to "Smith," can you help me form a list of places I should call to change my name back to Smith (i.e. my employer, credit cards, etc.)?