When filling in government forms

fill this in...Just had the interesting experience of trying to fill in a government form. It was a “simple” government form with lots of checkboxes, places to write names, and other miscellaneous but evidently very important information. Before we actually submitted the form we decided to go by and make sure we did everything correctly, because we do not want to submit the form wait several days and find out we didn’t do it correctly. Try to be a little proactive!

So, it turns out that we had not done that good a job. Considering that both Sheila and I are university educated, as on the ball as your average person, we thought we did a good job.

Names need to be spelled exactly as they are on the attached form: if one has an initial, the other form must have an initial. If one has a middle name fully spelled out, the other must have the middle name fully spelled out. If one has the date format incorrectly written, the other matching form must have the date written in exactly the same incorrect format. Everything needs to be exactly the same, but it must be handwritten. Good luck with my handwriting!

Anyway, Sheila will be going back on Monday to submit the final version, and see what happens!

And, yes, I’m not being particularly specific about what it is I’m talking about here! That’s intentional!


2 thoughts on “When filling in government forms

  1. Leah Alice

    I keep getting in trouble because my various pieces of ID have my middle name differently. I was almost rejected from a flight because my passport has my full middle name, and our flight ticket only had the initial. Seriously… these guys need to get over it.


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