I'm asking this on behalf of my other half.
She got married in the 90s, and so changed her last name as so many women do. When she divorced in the early 00s, she did not go back to her maiden name as she was now accustomed to the "new" name, had her driver's license, bills, etc. all in that name and so forth.
Now with the introduction of Real ID, she apparently needs to get one of those if she's going to fly in the future. But when she tried to do so, she was denied since her birth certificate and social security card are in her maiden name, and her current license is in her married name, and she has no way to prove that she changed her name.
Of course she no longer has her marriage certificate (who keeps that after a nasty divorce?), and the language on the DMV's website about using divorce documents to prove the connection is unclear. Her passport also expired some years back and cannot be renewed because it also requires a copy of your marriage certificate if you changed your name.
The DMV website states that you must show:
Dissolution of marriage/domestic partnership document that contains the legal name as a result of the court action
But all that would show is the married name, not the maiden name, so we're unclear on how it would show any connection between the two names.
What are the options available for obtaining a real ID in this situation?