… 12 years later!
Yeah, I was just too lazy to do it before.
I’ve had a PayPal account going way back to the good old days. Actually, I think I might have even been in the first wave of people to sign up. To let you know just how good the good old days were, if memory serves PayPal was giving a whopping $5 or even $10 per referral back then!
Shortly after I opened my account, I got married. I had emailed them way back then to ask what I needed to do to change my last name. I got a response saying they just needed a copy of my marriage certificate and driver’s license showing my new name faxed to them. It was something I put on my to-do list as a low priority, because I didn’t have a scanner or fax machine back then, and I’d think, “Oh, the next time I go to run errands I’ll get copies of these faxed over”
But you know, life gets in the way. The kids, and the house, and work, and the every day duties go on, and eventually I just forgot about ever updating it. Sometimes I’d log into PayPal and think, wow, I really should change this, but it just was such a low priority.
After having a recent PollBuzzer payment fail because the name on my account is still my pre-married name, I figured I’d better get around to updating this. Everything in my account is different now. I’ve moved, I have a new phone number, new bank, and actually I never entered my social security number at all!
So I called PayPal to find out what is the most efficient way to make all these changes. Should I go down the line in my profile and update everything one at a time, or should I just start over with a new account? The customer service rep (Roger, super polite and friendly by the way), said it’s best to just go through and make each change individually. He said it will be about 2 more weeks until the name change updates.
I know I was curious and googled how long it took other women to update their married names on PayPal, so I thought I’d throw a blog post up to track this myself in case anyone else is interested. I’ve updated everything in my account except my bank account so far, because I want my name change to go through first. Roger said it didn’t matter what order I changed everything, but I’m thinking if they try to verify my new bank account with my old pre-married name, that’s not going to go through.
I’ll update this page again once my name change goes through or if I have anything new to report so that I can track an accurate timeline for other interested women.
Seriously, why didn’t I just keep my old name? What a drag!
Update 4/18/12 – Woke up this morning to an email from PayPal stating they had processed the name change. Five days – that was fast! Now the only thing left to do is update my bank information so that I can transfer money out of PayPal and into my checking account. I’ve got a few very busy days ahead of me where I’ll have very little online time, so I’ll start working on that next week.