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My husbands parents used a different name on his Birth Certificate

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My husband's parents used a different name on his Birth Certificate than he has used all his life. Now he wants to apply for his Social Security benefits and they won't accept his Birth Certificate as proof of identification. Does he have to legally change his name?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.

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What name do they have him under on SS card?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
He has the name Jerry F (same last name) on his Social Security card.
Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
So his SS card is the same as his birth certificate? Or not? Let's start over - assuming one last name is XXXXX XXXXX other is JONES, which have which of SS Card, DL license, US Passport, and Birth Cert?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Social Security card has Jerry F Vavla. DL has Jerry F Vavla. Birth Cert has a different first and middle name, but same last name. He has always gone by Jerry. In school, work, marriage cert.

Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
Yep, he needs to change his name, or consolidate, more like it. Does he need instructions on how to do this?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
We received instructions from the state. What does consolidate mean?
Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
If he has, inadvertently, many variations of his name, he can make one name official via a PETITION TO CHANGE NAME OF ADULT. Same process as changing it overall. Just explain in the petition the circumstances of the change.

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