From Dream to Reality

Hopes and dreams are wonderful things. They can help guide your steps, show you possibilities, and keep you inspired. There is just one little problem, for them to be of any use to you they need to be brought to reality, and reality has a nasty way of shredding your hopes and dreams.

Not to despair, it is still possible to reach even the loftiest of goals, it just takes time, effort, dedication and more times than not, money.

Such is the case with changing your name. There is, unfortunately, two different ways to change your name, one comes backed by the power of law and the other… well it and a dollar might buy you a bottle of water…

(Actually, the other way is to simply begin using your chosen name in an everyday manner. To have your family, friends and coworkers call you what you wish. To begin signing, (non legally binding), documents and papers. Sort of like using a nickname instead of your proper name.)

Sadly, this isn’t thought of as a ‘legal’ name change. The sort you may wish for when you begin transition. Being legally binding means you can use it for all of your identification and documentation such as a driver’s license, social security, insurance, benefits, (and most importantly, taxes.)

It is what you need to keep your HR department happy with you at your place of employment. Not to mention various supervisors, leads, foremen, and anyone else you may have contact with. 

A legal name change requires filling out a ton of paperwork, paying a fee, going to court to ask a judge to allow the change, then going to various other agencies to get everything changed, social security card, driver’s license or state ID, back accounts, credit cards, and anything else you can think of.


2 thoughts on “From Dream to Reality

  1. In California, a name change becomes legal if you have used that name for at least 7 years. I think. My BFF changed her last name by dropping it and using her middle name instead. It was probably easier since I believe this was her legal middle name (don’t know for sure, though), and all she did was stop using the original surname. At some point, she had to sign or do something that legally indicated this was her name. I’ve probably remembered the details incorrectly because it’s been a very long time since this happened. And the laws are most likely different where you are.

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