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If anyone changed their last name after practicing as a PA-C (license, DEA, NPI, etc), please share your experience and tips/advice!!

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I did this recently and recall it being much easier than changing name on loans, bank accounts etc.

I would first change your name legally if you haven't done so already and have your new SS card and driver's license in hand. NCCPA, NPI, DEA, and state licensing are all surprisingly straightforward after that and typically require a written request with copies of your name change (marriage certificate, legal name change document, etc) and driver's license with new name. The change was fairly quick as well.

Good luck!

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Tough call. I had a friend who was a veterinarian and she changed all her stuff when she got married. A few years later she got a divorce and a few years later married again. The whole name change thing was a giant headache.

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Thanks for the info! Yes lots to consider and take in to account. @mooko12 did you change your maiden name to your middle name? 

Everyone I’ve talked to personally has not done it. It’s encouraging to hear it’s actually possible haha

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Most of it was automated and easy! I do not recommend getting married, moving to another state, obtaining new state license, and going through credentialing for a new position within 2 weeks though ha! I applied for a job with my legal maiden name and when it was time to proceed with credentialing, there were a lot of questions as to why I now had a different name ?

I did go from First Middle Maiden to First Maiden NewLastName, so perhaps that made things a little easier.

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To me the whole thing was a headache to do and I didn’t want to deal with it. I legally changed my name, but my license is under my maiden name, and thus my NPI and DEA and work stuff. Has not been a problem whatsoever. Besides it is kinda cool having a professional name and then my husband’s name as my legal name. 

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On 8/7/2018 at 3:51 AM, ERCat said:

To me the whole thing was a headache to do and I didn’t want to deal with it. I legally changed my name, but my license is under my maiden name, and thus my NPI and DEA and work stuff. Has not been a problem whatsoever. Besides it is kinda cool having a professional name and then my husband’s name as my legal name. 

Hi there! I’m in wisconsin and was confused in how this would work. I planned on legally changing, but would prefer to avoid the confusing of changing my DEA NPI and license. I have talked to the NCCPA and they said you just have to match your license with your name online which is easily changed online and can be switched back. I’m unsure about the NPI and DEA though. Was there any issue with having pay roll legally pay you through you SS number as your new last name, but still going by you maiden name?

 

 

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One shop my wife works at has no cares what her legal name is as long as her license/NPI/NCCPA all match.

Other shop made her get EVERYTHING changed which was a little rough.

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I have not had any issues. My pay checks and my employee name at work is my legal married name. But my charts and prescriptions show up as my maiden name. DEA and NPI are maiden name. No issues. 

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