sweet jeebus i want to stop explaining this
December 27, 2013 5:32 AM Subscribe
Soooo...my name is Siobhan. However, the typist for my birth certificate spelled it Siobahn, which means my legal name is misspelled. It's not an alternate spelling, like Suzanne/Susanne. It's just wrong. I called Vital Statistics in PA and the woman there said I have to pay for a name change via a lawyer. I explained it was a typo, not a name change. Am I looking at several hundred bucks to fix this or is there something else I can do? I use the correct spelling for everything except legal stuff and bills. It's just getting to be annoying and I want to get this fixed the cheapest way possible.
posted by sio42 to Law & Government (24 answers total)
I found the following here
but I don't have anything official with my correct spelling because, well, it's not my official name. I can't imagine the driver's license people just letting me change the spelling of my first name when I get it renewed.
How to Correct the First Name on a Birth Certificate for an Individual 18 Years of Age or Older An individual who has reached the majority age of eighteen (18) may be able to correct the first name on his/her birth certificate. If you have an incorrect Certification of Birth, please list the information to be corrected on the reverse side under "Corrections Desired". It will be necessary for you to sign in the designated area in the presence of a notary. In addition, a photocopy of any one document that conclusively establishes the use of the first name must be submitted. Acceptable documents include a baptismal record, school record, marriage record, driver’s license or Social Security card.
Any idea what I need to do? I just kind of hate the idea that I have to pay to fix someone's mistake, even though I really do understand it was an unusual name.