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Hello all.

I finally got my green card last week (K1 visa), and now I want to get my drivers license (hardly possible to get around here in Dallas, TX without it).

When I got married, I changed my last name like this: (not using my real names)

Maiden name: Anna Bree Connor

Married name: Anna Bree Connor Douglas

Husbands name: Egor Douglas

I got my Green card, which is my first ID other than my work permit (that I got the day before), that has my MARRIED name in it.

My passport and my birth certificate still have my MAIDEN name in them.

However, my Green Card has two different versions of my name on the back and the front!

On the front it says:

Anna Bree Douglas

And the back has my full name, Anna Bree Connor Douglas.

Is this just due to space?

Or is my official name now just Anna Bree Douglas? (Which I do not want to happen.)

So, I want to apply for my Drivers license, and since I don't have one from before, and I am 23, I have to do a online test first. But this also constitutes my written test, so I need my names in their papers to be correct.

So do I use my MAIDEN name, which is in my passport and birth certificate?

Or do I use my MARRIED name? And if so, can I use the version which is on the BACK or my Green Card, or do I have to use the one on the FRONT of the green card, which does not have both my last names in it?

I am so confused as to what to do here, please help. :)


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Hello all.

I finally got my green card last week (K1 visa), and now I want to get my drivers license (hardly possible to get around here in Dallas, TX without it).

When I got married, I changed my last name like this: (not using my real names)

Maiden name: Anna Bree Connor

Married name: Anna Bree Connor Douglas

Husbands name: Egor Douglas

I got my Green card, which is my first ID other than my work permit (that I got the day before), that has my MARRIED name in it.

My passport and my birth certificate still have my MAIDEN name in them.

However, my Green Card has two different versions of my name on the back and the front!

On the front it says:

Anna Bree Douglas

And the back has my full name, Anna Bree Connor Douglas.

Is this just due to space?

Or is my official name now just Anna Bree Douglas? (Which I do not want to happen.)

So, I want to apply for my Drivers license, and since I don't have one from before, and I am 23, I have to do a online test first. But this also constitutes my written test, so I need my names in their papers to be correct.

So do I use my MAIDEN name, which is in my passport and birth certificate?

Or do I use my MARRIED name? And if so, can I use the version which is on the BACK or my Green Card, or do I have to use the one on the FRONT of the green card, which does not have both my last names in it?

I am so confused as to what to do here, please help. :)

Perhaps someone from Texas can give you a State specific answer.

I just got my Drivers license in Vermont and I had a similar situation. I just took my Greencard, passport and my marriage license. My proof of residency a mixture of documents in Married and Maiden name. The one thing the DMV said they required was that my SSN be in my married name (since that was what I wanted to use) in order to issue a driving license in my married name. They said they could not issue an ID with a different name from my SS. You use your Greencard to change your name with Social security.

Good luck with everything.


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I would say it's a space issue so I would use the name on the back of the card. Make sure you point it out to them as well. If you have any other paperwork (like the AOS approval) that has your full name on it this should help if the person isn't willing to accept the back name.

You'll need to go to the SSA (if you haven't already) and make sure you have your married name registered on the system there and get a SSN in your married name.

I took my marriage certificate with me to the DMV as well as my GC because immigration still had me listed as maiden name on the system, but married on my GC so that helped the woman make sure my card came in married name.

Lol at Egor :P

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When I got married, I changed my last name like this: (not using my real names)

Maiden name: Anna Bree Connor

Married name: Anna Bree Connor Douglas

Husbands name: Egor Douglas

Or is my official name now just Anna Bree Douglas? (Which I do not want to happen.)

So, I want to apply for my Drivers license, and since I don't have one from before, and I am 23, I have to do a online test first. But this also constitutes my written test, so I need my names in their papers to be correct.

So do I use my MAIDEN name, which is in my passport and birth certificate?

Or do I use my MARRIED name? And if so, can I use the version which is on the BACK or my Green Card, or do I have to use the one on the FRONT of the green card, which does not have both my last names in it?

I am so confused as to what to do here, please help. :)

I think Texas DPS will issue your license as Anna Conner Douglas. Mine includes my maiden name. I checked with four Texas friends out of curiosity and theirs also dropped the middle name and used the maiden name. That makes me think it's a TX DPS thing to want it that way. My Social Security card is like Anna Bree Douglas and different from my license.

For the record, I have bank accounts and credit cards in the formats Anna B. Douglas and Anna C. Douglas. I use Anna B. Douglas the most. I've had all these versions of my name for years and years without any problems. I don't think there is a right or wrong way. Just ask at the DPS office if they have a standard procedure. Taking your marriage license is a good idea.

If you prefer the name Anna Conner Douglas, the tell the banks, credit card people, everybody that is your name when you apply. You do not have to use Bree.

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