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Do you have the change of name documents from the DMV from 1978?
Since you are an adult now, you can request a change to your birth certificate. I'm not sure how name changes were conducted in 1978, but the procedure now is to go through the courts (except for last name changes after marriage). You have to file a petition in court, and the judge has to grant your name change. The process is the same for minors. Like I said, I'm not sure how things were done in 1978, but it is apparently quite different. My suggestion would be to go through the court process now and get your birth certificate offically changed. Below is a link with the California procedure and the forms you will need.
My oveall point is that I'm not sure whether or not your name change in 1978 was legal. I'm not familar with the laws at that time, but it is a much different process than what exists today, which gives me some concerns about whether it was properly done. So, the safest route is to apply for a name change now under the current process, and you will have a court order backing you up.
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