Adventures in onomastic bureaucracy

By Os Keyes

Turns out that for someone with my combination of legal statuses, it’s possible to end up in a loop that looks something like:

  1. I try to change the name on my bank account
  2. They ask for a new state ID
  3. The new state ID people ask for a new social security card
  4. The social security card people ask for a new passport
  5. The new passport people ask for an educational transcript or a bank bill
  6. Because I’m a UW employee as well as a student… the educational transcript people ask for an updated bank account
  7. GOTO 1

This is not surprising, but it is deeply, deeply annoying. Sigh.