Thursday, March 31, 2011

Who are these kids, anyways?

We may never get to leave the country. I wrote a while back about how I am attempting to get all of our ducks in a row so that we can all get passports. Pretty easy for Matt and I, not so much for the girls.

I am now on try THREE to get the girls' names changed on their social security cards and on try TWO to get their names changed on their birth certificates. I have to get the birth certificates changed so that I can get the SS cards changed.

I have to add, I'm a little irked at this whole entire process, but you know what really irks me? That because my girls' last names changed when they were two and four years old, I have to go back and change the birth certificates. I always thought that the birth certificate was the record of who the child was at birth, not who they eventually became after that. Hrmpf.

Oh, well.

Of course, the first two times I tried to get the social security cards they said NOT to send the birth certificates as proof of identification. Now this time the person I spoke with at the social security office said I have to get them changed and then send the certificates in to them. You'd think there would be some sort of rhyme or reason to all of this, clearly there is not.

I will probably get this all completed just in time for the girls to have a nice high school graduation gift of a trip to Europe.

Ha! Trip to Europe. I kill myself!


  1. My daughter's birth certificate said she was male. According to SS, she is male. They don't want the corrected BC and having her there, in person, didn't help. She is 12yo and it still hasn't been changed. Thankfully, the hospital / clinic was VERY helpful in getting the BC changed right away.

  2. Wow, that is complicated! That does seem strange that a BIRTH certificate would have to be changed to reflect a later name change.

    @Momma Jorje: What in the world! I love that you brought her in person to SS and it still didn't change their minds. Bureaucracy, eh?

    P.S. My marriage certificate has our parents' names wrong. I bring this up to Sam a lot to tell him we're not technically married. ;)

  3. Heh, yeah. Crazy, I know. They wanted me to get a letter from her SCHOOL, on letterhead, that stated she was a girl.

    What the heck? I homeschooled her through 2nd grade. What then? I just haven't gotten around to going back. Who wants to go hang out at the SS office??

  4. Yeah, that is really bizarre. The SS office, as far as I can tell, is just really bizarre. Like, why would you need shot records? Or school records? What is the purpose? Is that really the most important thing? *scratching head*


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