Monday, January 12, 2009
I Did It
I went to the courthouse this morning and picked up the paperwork to change my name. It's going to take a while, but at least I have the stuff to do it with now. I have to fill out a form and send it to the state police for a criminal background check, and once that goes through and comes back to me I just bring everything back to the courthouse filled out. It's going to cost about 52 bucks in all for that. I don't know what other fees I might get stuck with later, but so far it's not too bad. I think I am going to have to go before a judge though, the paper that has to be filled out for the order of the change has a line for a judge to sign. I'm hoping it will just have to be looked at by one and reviewed and I won't have to actually go to court. I've got to get my ID updated though. I've only got my expired learners permit, and they want a copy of a drivers license. I'm hoping they will accept a photo ID instead, they should, I mean the purpose of one is for people who have no drivers license. I guess I'll find out, at least they don't cost more than like 10 bucks. I just have to get to DMV sometime and get that taken care of. I also have to write a letter stating why I want the name change, and sign it and I guess have one of the clerks sign it also. It's going to be a little complicated, but I think I have it figured out pretty well. It's not so much complicated as it is just time consuming. I fill out one sheet, mail it and wait, then when I get that I submit it all and wait. So it's mostly a lot of waiting. But that seems to be what half of transition is, having the patience to wait for it all to get done. I hope it's all over with by June at least. I'm still kind of scared since I have to write that letter. I live in a pretty rural county of the state, so you never know when you're going to run into someone closed minded enough to have a problem with me. I don't even think the person who helped me this morning could tell I was TG, if she did she must not have really cared. I hope that's how they handle all of this. I mean I'm supposed to be able to trust the legal system aren't I? There is no legal reason I shouldn't be able to change my name, so I shouldn't have anything to worry about if the people processing this follow the law. But you never know with this country, either way I guess I have to take a leap of faith, so to speak, and just do this and hope it goes well. I'm not really depressed anymore, apprehensive maybe, but not depressed. So I think doing something to better myself seems to have worked.