One banana short indeed
Apparently my university registrar has a policy against accepting legal documents (but only in conjunction). Who knew? Mu partner recently did a legal change of name and then I assumed her last name through marriage. Perfectly normal – no problems. We asked the registry and then called the government to make sure that for me to change my name with banks/credit cards/etc it would be sufficient to provide the marriage certificate (which has my partner’s old last name) with her legal change of name form (which shows her current name). The marriage certificate proves that I am allowed to take her surname, and the legal change of name form shows what her surname is. This was enough for Royal Bank, TD Bank, Alberta health, NWT student loan, Canada student loan, Revenue Canada, university payroll, a new driver’s license, a passport, and a new social insurance card. It’s not enough for university registrar. They will only take one document at a time, they will not accept both of them together. Why? Policy. What policy? Policy.
According to them, the fact that I have a (legal) marriage certificate and a (legal) change of name form for my spouse isn’t enough for them to change the name on my file. The reason: why would it be enough? If we did this, everyone would come in and change their name! They want me to either get my name magically put on my wife’s legal change of name form (wtf?) or get a new marriage certificate. Fine, I’ll get a new marriage certificate, even though the government of Alberta told me I don’t need to, the government of Canada told me I don’t need to, it’s going to cost me $100, and will likely take 4 months or more. We argued and argued, and finally the woman at the registrar said she’ll call the university lawyer. Good. Better out of the university’s pocket than mine.