..what’s my name??? My name is Sheela.. Sheela ki…
oops!! sorry.. sorry got side tracked..
No.. This post is not about any Bollywood song 🙂
No.. This post is also not about if we girls should change our name/surname/middle name after marriage or not?? Please keep this discussion aside while reading this post please. Also, please note this is very confusing post to read.
So.. it all started 3 years back when I started working here in Sydney. When I joined my company I gave them my after marriage name that is PK’s surname with my original name. Reason – I don’t know, I did not thought about it too much, I also think I was not mature enough to think seriously about this 😉 I did not have any idea that this will start such a big trouble which I am still not able to sort out.
First problem – The biggest problem I faced is in my office, my manager was confused what my actual name is!! Manager had my maiden name in the system for payslips and all that because my passport was legal identity & it had my maiden name on it but I had new name in my office email signature. sooo confusing!!! Ufff!!!!
Second problem – I wanted my photo ID here in Sydney because my passport had maiden name they gave me maiden name photo ID only & not with the new name. Now while buying house, we had to submit lot of paperwork, I found most of my identity documents under maiden name so the house is under my maiden name now & not under my new name. (which I am very happy & proud of ;-))
Third problem – To solve all the problems, I took the decision of changing my name on passport as by changing name on passport as I can use it as primary legal identity document and with its help I can change all other documents such as ID photo card, medicare card etc.
Fourth problem – Now, that I have changed my name on my passport, I went to change the name on my photo card which is my identity here in Australia but these people are saying they cannot change the name on my photo card just by looking at old passport & new passport. I have to go to birth, deaths & marriages office to get the certificate first which is worth 150$ & then only I will be able to change my name on my photo ID.
Fifth problem – I thought leave everything, let me apply for my license under my new name as per my new passport. But again these people said because my photo ID is under my maiden name my license can be issued under my maiden name only!! So.. I cannot get license unless I pay those 150 bucks, get certificate, change name on Photo ID and then apply for freaki8ng learner’s license!!
Confused??? Yes I know you are, imagine how much confused I must be!! I feel like pulling my hair & scream “What is my bloody name??? Can somebody please tell me???”