I hear that title in the fake German accent from some old comedic film "Ve haf ze papers...."
Perhaps this is so because this whole thing feels like a farce.
In order to get the document that one needs to show to get your Social Security Card replaced, we had to get Kitty's social security card replaced. (okay, one of the possible documents you need, but the preferred one -- your Driver's License).
And in order to get my current college to issue my certification in MY NAME when I graduate, I had to have a copy of my marriage license. Seriously. I had to order it to prove that my legal name is now my legal name.
Well, you see, way back in 1981, I took a class at the same Community College through which I'm now studying Massage Therapy. Yes, one class. (Accounting Principles 101). So, they have permanently connected my SSN to my maiden name.
The fact that I took another class in 2006, for which I registered under my married name is irrelevant. They did not then change my name in their system. I get that. It was a four-hour workshop called "Couple's Massage" in which Golf Pro and I learned some basic strokes. No tests, no grades, no affect on my transcript...
But now, I need the name on my Certification to match the name on my photo ID (yes, my driver's license). My driver's license (which shows both my name and my social security number) is insufficient to prove that my name was legally changed -- even though I had to produce my marriage certificate to get my name changed on the license. (Not only that, my married name is actually my maiden name PLUS my husband's last name, so the old name is still there.... ya know...) Anyway, my passport, which shows my married name -- and that it was changed from my maiden name, for which I also had to produce the marriage certificate, is also inadequate. The only document that the school will accept is a CERTIFIED marriage license.
This means that a document issued by the state in which the school exists is no good (Ignoring political commentary, especially those involving our past Governors). A document issued by the Federal Government is no good (we will ignore all of the political remarks). Instead, they want a document issued by a state with no ties to the school, in which I've never lived.....
I'm detecting a theme here. I'm pretty sure I don't like it either. Luckily, we now have in our possession all the magic documents we need to get the other documents we need to do the next thing we want to do.
Yes, today, the wonderful people at the post office delivered ze papers....
Kitty will be able to drive a car (and get on a plane), and I will be able to take my National Certification Exam once I've graduated.... because my ID and my Certificate from the school will MATCH!
Here's hoping no one changes the rules about ze papers in the next few months.