Since the passage of the Federal REAL ID Act of 2005, more and more Florida residents are finding that they cannot renew their Florida Driver’s License because the name printed on their birth certificate or social security card does not match the name they have been using.
It could be because they assumed the use of a name without changing any of their official documents. It could be because of a spelling error on the birth certificate or social security card. Or it could be because they have unknowingly been going by a name different from the name printed on their birth certificate. These problems can usually be corrected by petitioning for a legal change of name.
Here’s an example: I had a client whom I will refer to as “Jane Smith.” She was born in New York, and now she lives in Pasco County, Florida. She’s been known her whole life as Jane Smith, her parents always called her Jane Smith, and so, for good reason, she thought her name was Jane Smith.
One day, Jane helps her mother clean out her attic. While going through some boxes, Jane finds a New York birth certificate for a “Jamie Smith.” What is more, Jamie Smith’s date of birth is listed as one day earlier than the day Jane Smith has been celebrating her birthday.