We tried to find our marriage certificate and the boys' birth certificates, but in Dave's
Before we left, I called the Vic registry of births, deaths and marriages, and found out if I had a police report and a stat dec. and a medicare card (luckily Dave's is just like mine) and a bank statement in my name with my current address and bills in my name with my current address I could get my Change of Name certificate reproduced for $25.80. I could then take that to Keypass with my police report and stat dec. and pay $30 for a new Keypass in my new name. A Keypass card is like a license, so then I have primary ID, which I can then fax to the NSW registry and get my birth certificate with, and I can pay a bit more to have that expedited, so I could get that next week, which means I can then get my taxi directorate card (which is as important to me as my bank card!!!), and all my other ID.
With the valid Keypass in hand, I don't have to carry my change of name cert. or my birth cert. so, then if I lose my wallet or have it stolen again, I won't be back in this position.
Anyway, got to the police station, they said I had to put in a lost property report as it wasn't a clear cut case of theft, but that's ok, it's still a police report. The Constable who helped me was great! He was very understanding and respectful. As I was filling in the Stat. Dec. and waiting to get it sign, another constable thought she'd finish up for the first Constable, so she goes to take the Stat. Dec. to sign it, and asks me for ID. I say I don't have ID. that is why I'm getting a police report and a stat. dec, and she says, "Well, you need ID before I can sign this..."
You know that feeling, in the pit of your stomach, when the frustration and upset is churning and churning and you don't know if you're going to scream or cry or vomit..? Yep, it started to surge, but in the NICK OF TIME the other Constable stepped in and shooed the twit away, and said he had it all sorted, rofl! I could have hugged except for the security screen!
With police report and stat. dec. in hand we trotted off down to the bank. I was prepared to flood them with proof of me as being me, but as it turned out the lady on the phone last night was a big of a NONG! They had no issue whatsoever issuing me a new card because I knew my verbal password, which I'd told the lady over the phone last night! Besides that I had Dave there with his medicare card with me on it. AND get this, Bryn had obviously been in my wallet yesterday morning and removed my credit card and then hidden it under the dd player, because Dave found it there this morning, so even though I cancelled it last night, I had that as well...
So, I got a new card on the spot with them, AND they've organised for me to be sent a debit visa on the same account, which they've suggested I keep locked up somewhere at home as a back up card - what a fab idea! My faith in St. George has been restored!
So, tomorrow I'm off to the city to sort out my change of name and keypass bits and pieces, and also to get my travel pass updated in my new name (for consistency) and to get my pensioner concession card and new medicare card issued. I also have to let the library know that Dave's library card is out there somewhere, so no one runs up big fines on his card... And of course, I need to buy a new wallet and then try to organise my birth certificate from NSW... All up, replacing all this stuff is going to cost me well over $100 bucks...
Even though I'm absolutely sure that shop keeper took my wallet, I've got no one to blame but myself for walking away from it, and it's been a rather costly (emotionally and monetarily) lesson! But it has made me move my arse on getting my Keypass updated so I don't have to carry those other VIP(aper)s around in my wallet - which really wasn't the smartest move on my part anyway, all for the sake of saving $20 and a trip to the city...
Universe... Point taken!