I have begun my battle with paperwork necessary to change positions and move to a new state. Oklahoma MD licensing requires nine forms that I downloaded, including a test on medical-legal issues. From prior experience, I know the real fun will happen when I have my license and must get certified with every health plan in the new state.
This week I found out that they will need to see my actual social security card. Like all good girls, I read the instructions on the card and put it in a safe place. Where that place may be is currently unclear, but I am sure the card remains quite safe. So today I filled out an application for a replacement card and brought my passport to the local Social Security office.
I was planning to run by on the way home yesterday, but I discovered the office closes at 4 pm.
So I request my card and show them the passport, the only single document that can confirm US citizenship for employment purposes. They hand me a print-out, and the birthdate is wrong. The clerk goes back through my history and discovers that in 1984, when my name changed with marriage, someone transposed the digits in my day of birth from "12" to "21." My original application in 1976 had "12" on it, as does every other form of identification I possess. I hand back my passport which includes the correct date of birth; however, birth date can only be established by an original birth certificate with raised seal. Never mind that the government put the date on my passport using my birth certificate - I must bring in the actual certificate between 9 am and 4 pm on a non-federal-holiday weekday to correct this information. Or mail in my official copy of my birth certificate and hope I do not need it for another hoop-jump in the coming 2 weeks.
I guess I should be glad that I found this now, when correcting it remains an annoyance, rather than when I needed to collect benefits. Still, I feel like I am jumping through hoops of red tape.
That feeling will only get worse as I start filling out these damn forms...