I was an idiot and let my passport lapse a few years ago, so I need to go through the whole process for getting a new one again - plus, with this RealID thing coming in 2020, I need to get one so I can fly.
Here’s my problem: in order to get a passport, you need to show a valid form of ID, like a birth certificate. Well, I’ve got my birth certificate, but the names on it (both first and middle) don’t match the spellings I’ve used since I was a kid. Essentially, my parents misspelled the way they wanted my name to be on the BC (my name isn’t Karen, but think of it as spelling it “Karin” instead of “Karen.”)
All of my information, from the time I was a little kid, has their preferred spelling, which isn’t the one on the BC. That includes my driver’s license. Likewise, my middle name on my driver’s license is spelled one way, but differently on the BC (this time, it’s got one extra letter on the BC). I hate my middle name and never use it, so I never paid much attention to it.
The last time I got a passport was in 1997, and none of this was a problem. But I’m really afraid it’s going to be this time, since everything is scrutinized so much more carefully these days.
Has anybody else had this issue? Am I worrying about nothing? Or am I going to have to do some kind of legal rigamarole to get everything to line up (in which case, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t just go ahead and change my hated middle name to something I like better)?