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04:02 pm: On The Left
I woke up partway through the night with pain from my left thumb to my left shoulder so I got up and took pain meds. It still hurt when the alarm went off, so I had more meds, reset the alarm for another hour, and things were better when it went off again. I don't know if I slept strangely or what.

To strengthen safety and keep from giving terrorists (and anybody who looks Hispanic) from getting driver's licenses, the Virginia DMV has made a lot of changes in what they require to process licenses. One of the really amazing and stupid requirements is that a woman's married name be on their birth certificate, if they're using the birth certificate as proof of being a citizen. I have to go in person to renew my license (and handicapped tag) in March, so it's a good thing I never married!

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From:capemaynuts
Date:November 8th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
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How do you get your married name on your birth certificate? Huh?
In NJ, we have to provide a certified copy of our marriage certificate if we have changed our last name, as well as our S.S. card, birth certificate and/or passport and some thing with our address on it, such as a mortgage bill. When they first instituted this, it was insane, since so many people do not use the name on their birth certificates, for whatever reason.
You should see the nonsense we have to go through to register our kids for school. Everytime my children change schools (from 5th to 6th for instance) I have to provide the school system with the child's birth certificate, my driver's license, copy of my mortgage (or rental bill)and a second bill with my name proving residency, as well as a copy of my child's immunazation records from the doctor (only $5 each time) Mind you, I haven't moved, but my child gets sent up to another school, i have to reprove that we live in the same house! But my favorite part, is that they mail the requirements to my home. How would I know what to bring, if I wasn't at the house to get the mail?
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 8th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Exactly! That would be an extreme form of arranged marriage! But as she says in the article, she ends up using her passport instead. But what if she didn't have a passport? Apparently all the forms you bring have to show your current name.

I don't have kids so don't know if registering is as bad here, but I bet it's at least close.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 8th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Yep!
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From:pameladean
Date:November 9th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
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I'm fortunate I don't live in New Jersey, I guess. How in the world do they expect one to get a married name onto a birth certificate? Isn't that a kind of forgery?

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From:mjlayman
Date:November 9th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
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This is Virginia. :) But the rule is that anything you use to prove your citizenship has to have your current name on it. So if you want to use your birth certificate and your name isn't the same as when you were born, you can't use the birth certificate.
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From:pameladean
Date:November 10th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
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Ack, I'm sorry. I really can tell East Coast states apart; I'm not sure what I was thinking.

So they'v effectually reduced the number of acceptable documents most married women can use to prove their identities. Charming.

I wonder if this will finally get most of us to keep our own darn names. But there are a lot of difficulties with that too; it's really frowned upon by all sorts of institutions and bureaucracies whose business it most emphatically is not.

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From:mjlayman
Date:November 10th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
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S'okay. Yeah, it's a very difficult thing for married women who took their husband's name at some point. What if they don't have a passport? There's not many other documents that can be used.
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Date:November 9th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
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How do you get your married name on your birth certificate if your bc was issued in another country?
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 9th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
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I clearly didn't explain this properly. The clerk told her that to use her BC as proof of citizenship, it would have to have her current name on it, which is her married name. That can't happen, so she has to use something else to prove citizenship.

I'm guessing you have a green card, and I'm not sure what you have to use for that.
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