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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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All my life ive went by the name Stanfield never had a birth

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All my life ive went by the name ***** ***** Stanfield never had a birth certificate .when i was born my mother thought another man was my father so my original birth certificate has ***** ***** Fry on it. My mother said she had my last name changed to Stanfield when i was 15 but i dont has any legal documents. Now you have to show a birth certificate to get a drivers license and i dont have one with ***** ***** Stanfield on it and my mother has passed away.what do i need to do.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

How old are you please?

Do you have a social security card?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
51.
Used family bible for birth record
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
i have a SS CARD
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

You mention an "original" birth certificate. Who issued it?

Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

And what name is ***** ***** SS card?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
stanfield is on my SS card
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

OK, so you got your SS card after age 15, it sounds like.

And the other answer?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
What do you mean who issued my birth cer.
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

A birth certificate is an actual certificate created by an entity charged with that responsibility - it could be you state, often hospitals have them created for each child born there... But it is a legal document and you indicate you had one in the name of Fry, right? So where did it come from?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Alabama
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

OK, so you have a BC from Alabama - and you can typically get a copy of it from the State's vital statistics office.

And what does your family bible page say about your name? Presumably it says Fry, right?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No mam it says stanfield only the birth certificate says mcfry
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

OK, and you are positive you have an AL birth certificate that says McFry. Why would your mom put Stanfield on the Family Bible when you were born, then change it to McFry immediately?

You are going to want to ORDER your BC from Alabama.

Were you born in a hospital?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have a birth certificate that has mcfry on it .she put my name in the bible as stanfield and i need a BC with stsnfield on it . ive never went by mcfry
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
in a hospital
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

OK, to change your name legally, (ie. to have legal affect) you need a COURT order. If your mom legally changed your name (as opposed to just "in practice"), then the court order can be found at the court she did so at, if you / she have lost it.

But, if she never really did it officially, then you will have to petition your own county court for a name change. You do not need a lawyer if you can follow their form directions. There is usually a hearing (routine) and you swear off that you are not changing your legal name for fraudulent purposes. You will want to get a copy of your McFry BC from Alabama. And your county court will have the name change petition forms.

Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

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Kindly rate me "excellent" when you are done. I look forward to assisting you in the future, should you have legal questions. Be sure to start future posts with "To ***** Esq., ONLY" if you want me to specifically answer it.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I dont have a valid id that any court will except
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

You have been to court on this before?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I hired a lawyer to petition for an appointment and a records check and was told the judge declined my request
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

What ID do you show if you when you go to the doctor's office?

Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

And again, have you gotten a copy of the court order where your mom changed your name?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No i dont have any document where my mother had my name changed the only id i have is exspired and you have to have a BC TO renew license
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

OK, so you need to order your actual original birth certificate. You are legally a McFry, it sounds like, unless that ORDER of name change she claims she made exists. So you may not like it, but you have to go as McFry, so you can get your DL. That is also your ID. Once you are McFry with ID, you can then petition the court to change form McFry to Stanfield.

This is unless you can go to the COURT she allegedly got your name changed in, IF she actually did, and get a copy of that ORDER. If there is no order, you are McFry. Get a license as McFry and if you WANT to change your name to Stanfield, you can do that without a lawyer in your own county court, by filing a petition for a name change.

I hope this helps! My goal is toprovide you with excellent and accurateservice – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back, Iam happy to address follow-up questions.

Kindly rate me "excellent"when you are done. I look forward to assisting you in the future, shouldyou have legal questions. Be sure tostart future posts with "To ***** Esq., ONLY" ifyou want me to specifically answer it.

Sincerely, ***** ***** Joy, Esq.

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