I spell my name wrong for 27 years

Indonesia
May 22, 2018 8:37pm CST
Here is another story of me. For 27 years I have spelled my name wrong and even my parents didn't know about that. I found out about my miss-spelled name few days after my birthday. So I went to a bank where I have my saving to withdraw western union from my commission work. I just got my resident ID card re-newed and my signature slightly different at one stroke on my ID card and what bank has in their database record. And I was very very nervous when the bank officer asked me to make the same signature, I failed. So the bank officer asking me to comeback the other day with my birth certificate to validate my correct data. However, they allow me to withdraw the money from WU. So I went home and looking for my birth certificate to make sure I'm ready for tomorrow. I looked at my birth certificate and scream. There my name spelled E-S-T-H-E-R while all this time since I was in kindergarten till I get my degree I spelled my name E-S-T-E-R, no H! I was shocked and upset at myself that I didn't notice it all this time. When I was in university I applied for a passport and because that time I lived with my auntie and she lost my birth certificate I used my high school certificate to apply and approved. I got my passport with my name without an H in my name. I don't know how my auntie signed me up for kindergarten, may be they didn't require birth certificate back then, not like todays. So, all my education certificate spelled my name wrong. My banking database also wrong. All of my identity record related to government thingy also spelled my name wrong. And then when I tried to find out how to fix this problem, I have 2 option (basicly only 2 option but only 1 works for me). (1) All my civil registry paper should be based only on birth certificate. So I have to go and correct my name at civil registration agency, and from there I'll get all my ID card (resident, tax, and insurance) re-newed with name based on my birth certificate. And when I have my new ID card then I'll be able to go sort thing right with banks. And it's depend on me if I want to have my education certificates corrected to. (2) Since only my birth certificate that spelled my name differently, there's option to edit/change my name on birth certificate BUT the chance SMALL. Have to apply to court and if the reason is because like my case, my name spelled wrong (in this case the wrong is on my side) on all my civil registry paper and education certificate that supposed to be based on birth certificate, the ourt will reject my application. Because thats my side's fault. So I only have one option. And I haven't had a chance to do it cos of accident happened to me last month and I can't use my right hand to make a signature that I'm 100% sure I have to do it alot of times at some different places Now all I can do is making plan about how I should do it when my shoulder recover. Thats the 1st thing I want to do when I can make a signature with my right hand again. To be honest I feel like I lost half of my identity when I found I have spelled my name wrong all this time
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5 responses
@simplfred (4514)
• Philippines
23 May
I can surely relate with that, I used my name FREDERICK for 39 years but what's been register is FREDERIC. Very complicated thing to fix, have tried fixing it by paying a fixer but sadly, the conflict is still there.
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• Indonesia
23 May
Wow,,, when I thought mine already the worst. So u haven't fixed ur name? I only need to bring my birth certificate and some paper from neighborhood chief go to civil registry agnecy and district to correct my name.
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@Mavic123456 (12682)
• Thailand
23 May
you need an affidavit for that
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@Mavic123456 (12682)
• Thailand
23 May
ohhh noo this is a major problem... you will have to do some registering and this and that to do. argh!!! Affidavit will be tiresome and tedious but it is necessary. Mine is month of birth, so I just used the wrong one because most of my documents are on that month.
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• Indonesia
23 May
I tried my best to avoid things like this but it came to me just like that. one thing is I found out not when I was in such a critical time. I can't imagine if I only find out when I apply for new passport when I have to leave next week. I'll be more frustated.
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@Mavic123456 (12682)
• Thailand
23 May
@mrswhitfield yes, that's why I did not bother changing my details, it is just a birth date anyway. so I did not mess up with all my files.
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@momalisa65 (1985)
• United States
23 May
Wow I hope you get everything taken care of soon!
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• Indonesia
23 May
Yes, thats my 1st priority once I recover.
@lynnief (1248)
• Australia
23 May
Yep, had the same problem. All my life I have believed my name was spelled with 2 Ns, then I found out that Dad had registered it on my birth certificate with just one N. It has just cost me $84 to fix it.
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• Indonesia
23 May
Good for you that it's fixed I hope soon I'll be able to fixed mine.
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@mnglsp (1539)
• Philippines
23 May
Now is the time to spell it right.
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• Indonesia
23 May
yup
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