My birth certificate lists four names: first name, middle, father's last, and mother's maiden. I did not change my name when I became a citizen; I saw no problem in keeping my birth name since I used my birth certificate to obtain a state ID, and SSN which all use the truncated version: first name, middle, father's last; I thought this would continue. I went to the DMV for a learners permit; the worker was giving me a hard time for having two last names on my citizenship form, and a shorter version on my SSN card and state ID. She said all my documents should have all four names. Only problem is my father's last is 11 letters, and my all other names have 6 each. I was able to get a permit since I had a state ID. If my father's last becomes a second middle will my identity change?
What should be simple often becomes complex by bureaucracy. If you make one a middle or you eliminate one you would technically want to do a name change to avoid these problems going forward. You can do this pro se or through counsel. Once you get an order you can takenitbto all relevant agencies to update Ids. I'm sorry you are going through this.
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Indeed, you are faced with a bureaucratic nightmare. Nevertheless, the sooner you tackle it the better. Putting aside the offense of having to deal with the "problem" at all, I suggest you choose a "standardized" version of your name and proceed to officially change your name to that version. Thereafter, you can conform all your documents so in the future you won't have to deal with problems. Good luck!
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