I checked one more thing off my name-changing checklist this morning:
- Change name on driver license – DONE!
Since so many readers were interested in my experience with changing my name at the social security office, I thought I would fill you in on what happened at the DMV too.
First of all, my new SSN card came in on Friday, meaning it only took a week to get here, not the two weeks I was originally told. Sweet! I was told I didn’t have to wait for the card to arrive to change my name on my DL, but I thought it would just be easier to wait for it.
I logged online yesterday and made an appointment for this morning at the local driver license agency….which also happened to be the local AAA office.
Since I went straight to the DL office from another appointment, I ended up arriving about 20 minutes earlier than my dedicated time. I signed in anyway and was called within 10 minutes of sitting down.
As soon as I explained I had recently gotten married and wanted to change my name on my driver license, the lady immediately asked if I had gone to the SS office first. Yes! So glad I had gotten that out of the way beforehand. Also, I was a little glad I waited for the new SSN card to arrive beforehand as well. I probably could have gotten away with the paper they gave me at the SSN office, but it was just nice and convenient to simply pull out the card and not risk any confusion.
She needed my old license, birth certificate, marriage certificate, new SSN card, and two proof-of-residence pieces of mail with my name on it. Unfortunately I hadn’t thought of the proof-of-residence stuff before hand (since I wasn’t changing the address on my license), but I happened to have two random pieces of mail in my purse that did the trick.
After that, she typed on her computer, I posed for a new photo (by the way, it’s raining today, which explains why my hair looks like a giant poof ball in my photo – what can you do?), then I signed my new name. I wish I would have thought ahead to practice signing my new signature a little more. I still haven’t gotten used to adding “Russell” to the end of my name, it doesn’t quite flow yet and instead looks like a jumble mess. Sigh.
The whole process took less than 10 minutes. A few commenters had mentioned friends or family members having problems with a hyphenated last name on their driver license, but the lady I spoke to never even questioned it. I made sure she was aware of the hyphen and she acknowledged it with a nod – that was it.
There are still a handful of other things I need to change my name on, but it feels good to have those two biggies out of the way. Since I only hyphenated my name, I’m questioning what stuff I really need to change my name on and what I can get away with just having Anderson. I’ve registered for two new races since getting married and both of them I registered under Anderson instead of Anderson-Russell. I know this sounds funny, but I sort of want to keep all my racing stuff grouped together as Meghann Anderson. I’ve worked hard building my race records under Meghann Anderson and feel like I would be starting all over under Meghann Anderson-Russell. Did any other runners feel this way?
Speaking of running… I did a 5 mile interval run this morning. My legs were still super sore from CrossFit, so it wasn’t pretty. Gah. I swear I have one good week with speed training, then the next week totally sucks. I need to stop this pattern!
Big bowl of plain Chobani with walnuts, almond slivers, blueberries, strawberries, and peanut butter. yum!
Lunch will be some leftover filipino pork and I can’t wait to heat it up, that pork is going to make a mean sandwich – YUM!