(Closed) Name Change Question in PA

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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674 posts
Busy bee

I don’t know about those rules, but I would say they are ripe for legal challenge since it’s a discrimination situation. The law should not apply unequally to men and women. I know it sounds silly and a tad extreme, but it might be a good question to pose to the state chapter of the ACLU. If I were in the situation, I’d just give them a call and ask if anyone there has any information on the legal requirements and burdens to be met because your reading of it seems that it’s discriminatory towards one gender.

The reason I wouldn’t be afraid to make that call is because they should be able to tell you if you are reading the requirements correctly or if there’s been some kind of case law change that makes the process the same by default even if legal wording hasn’t caught up to said case law. If it is discriminatory and still stands, they may be very willing to get this fixed reasonably quickly. By quickly, I mean in the next couple of years. (Legislative & legal timing isn’t the same as the real world.) Even if it’s not something he can do as quickly right now, it could be the same process shortly if they were to act on it.

Post # 5
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454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m in PA and I did this exact thing.  The first thing I did was head to the Social Security office after finding their form online and bringing it in already filled out with the two middle names and new last name.  They processed it in a few minutes and I was on my way.  My new SS card came in 10 days or so.

Then I filled out a name change request form I found on PennDOT’s site and sent that in.  I was mailed a “camera card” which is like a temporary license with my new name, and also gets you quickly through the PennDOT license center.  You just show up with the camera card before it expires and that is your proof since you’ve already done the legwork through the mail to prove your new name.

You get your new picture taken and out comes your license a few minutes later.  I also changed my car registration at the same time I sent in the form for the license and that came pretty quickly too.

I have yet to make the change in most other places but I got these three things done and they were relatively painless!

Post # 7
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454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Also I wanted to add that I don’t see why it would be harder in PA than in another state.  The Social Security office is your first stop and I believe their policies are nation-wide.  PennDOT did not ask my why I was changing my name on my license, they just wanted proof from the SS office of my name change.  However, SS might not be willing to do it for a man as easily as they would for a woman so I’d check into their policies.

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