Oct 21, 2011, 10:11 AM
Post #5 of 5
I live in Mexico full time and my advice to you is to be consistent with your names and have them the same as the passport especially when applying with banks, immigration, insurrance, deeds. contracts, drivers license, utiliies etc and anything official in Mexico. Be vigilent It is extremely important ,fight anyone trying to shorten or change anything,.
I made a major mistake with my names when I got married in the US I took on my husband name and was not consistent with my first names because I have 3 long first names some of them were dropped and it is a big mess.
When I came to Mexico I had to go by my French passport names which are my paternal name followed by ep for spouse and married name.
So on the paperwork from the States I have one name and on the paperwork in Mexico I have another name, it has been a true nightmare even made worst if possible due to the length of all of my names. Asll the names do not fit on the official formats even in Mexico and the various institutions dropped whatever..
Be very sure when doing any kind of papers in Mexico that all your names agree with your passport, it is the way to simplify things.
Have all your applications for official papers like insurrance, driver´s license, bank accounts etc be the same or you will be sorry.
I would not go to a lot of trouble about my US papers but I would make sure that anything I fill out in Mexico agrees with my passport.
I just went through two days of hell buying a bunch of bus tickets with my husband and my own debit card sas I used them to buy via Internet. Some Mexican sites do not acccept just one last name so I could not use my husband card, one of my card shows my second name with the ep in front of it and that was a problem as it is not recognized by the Mexican system, finally my last card went through with two names only.
Go by your passport and do not let anybody deviate from it including immigration. Nothing you can do about the two last names but call the companies direct and buy via phone which can create another set of problems if you need facturas.
Call yourself whatever you chose but on official papers go by the passport names you will save yourself potential headaches.