Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Trinidad and Tobago name change: Deed Poll

Q: I am considering changing my name (putting my middle name first). I went to a few Commissioner of Affidavits to get information on the process, but they all said that its a long drawn out process. What i want to know is how can i change my name and what happens after i do. I have a number of certificates that have my current name what would happen to them if i do?


A: It's not really a long drawn out process. 

What you need: Birth certificate, new name, proof of address.
Where to go: Civil Lawyer
Length of process: Approximately 2-3 months

Your certificates will remain valid, but everywhere you present them, you'll have to present a copy of the Deed Poll. 

Also, to change your name on all official documents, you just need to present the Deed Poll along with your birth certificate and apply for your new documents. 

I'm happy to see my past COSTAATT Criminal Law students using my site! :-)

155 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, can you confirm whether it is necessary to do this through a lawyer or can we do it ourselves?
If doing on our own, what government agency/office/ministry/court etc do we go to?

Thanks.

Trinbago Rights said...

No. A lawyer is required.

Renee Maingot said...

Thank you for the response, this has been on my mind for a while. Would you be able to do this, or where can i go to get this done? Also can you give me an estimated cost to get this done? Lastly, what would happen after marriage, would i have to re-do the process or would the change not affect the change in my last name after marriage?

PS. I have a strong idea of whose site this is.

Looking forward to your response.

Trinbago Rights said...

Don't you have my number, Renee? Call me.

jahnne said...

Hello, I would like to find out if it is necessary for me to have a deed poll done in the case where my name was mispelt on my marriage certificate. I am now divorced but have never changed my maiden name on any of my business or other documents/accounts. My passport which bears my maiden name is now expired, do I have to still do the deed poll?

Trinbago Rights said...

If you don't use you married name, where is the issue here? Or am I not understanding you properly?

Mother of many said...

How can a mother's surname be added to a birth certificate in Trinidad and Tobago?

Trinbago Rights said...

Is it that only your first name is on the birth certificates? That doesn't seem correct to me...

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Is there any way I can get an inexpensive lawyer or legal aid maybe to assist with changing my daughter's last name? She's 3 & I really want to change her name as soon as possible. I know a deed poll needs to be done, but I really don't have the funds to pay for legal assistance

Trinbago Rights said...

Legal aid does not help with these unimportant matters.

Send me an e-mail.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I would like to my name (First Name and Surname) to something completely different. Would the process be the same? Or is there another way one must go about it.

Trinbago Rights said...

As long as it's not for fraud... but it will be harder, for obvious reasons.

Tricia Rambharose said...

I want to change my name since I got married recently. I've been looking online for a form, number to call or some kind of explanation on how I could do this. Could you point me in the right direction? Thanks.

Trinbago Rights said...

As long as you've accepted the fact that you want to carry your husband's name, your name is automatically changed. This is not America, where it has to be officially changed through Social Security.

You can start using your "new" name now and when you want to change it at the bank/passport/id card, you just need to carry your marriage certificate.

Anonymous said...

My son is 18 years old and just received in his green card in the USA, all his documents are in our maiden name. The only document that reflects my previous married name is his passport. We have tried on several occasions to change the last name on the passport but unsuccessful. When he was a minor, I presented my divorce decree which states that both he and my daughter carry the maiden name. I presented all immigration documents that also reflect our maiden name and the consulate in Miami would not accept it. I don't see why I have to do a legal name change when legally in the USA and anywhere else in the world his last name is his maiden name. His Green Card, his ID his school records are all in his maiden name.

How can I get his passport changed to match all his other records?

Anonymous said...

are there any lawyers in south you would recommend?

Anonymous said...

Hi, do I HAVE to change my surname to my married name? Or can I keep my maiden name without a backlash

Trinbago Rights said...

It will make things harder as a family when names become and issue, but you don't have to change it.

Anonymous said...

Hello, Is there an age minimum requirement for a name change by deed poll??
Thanks...

Trinbago Rights said...

Not to my knowledge.

Trinbago Rights said...

Absolutely not.

Anonymous said...

Hi what is the procedure in having my married name removed after divorce? I have kept my maiden name... What is the cost and how long would it take?

Trinbago Rights said...

All you have to do is show your divorce decree absolute wherever you go.

Anonymous said...

If you have lost your Deed Pole where can you acquire a copy?

Anonymous said...

Hi, can you legally use your maiden name after marriage as your new middle name and adopt your husband's surname? If so what is the usual process?

Trinbago Rights said...

No. It can by hyphenated, but not used as your middle name. That requires a deed poll.

Anonymous said...

Where would you get a deed poll/ template and what's the cost?

Trinbago Rights said...

You need to visit a Lawyer or send me a private e-mail.

Anonymous said...

Hi... How can I change a father's name on a birth certificate. What would I have to produce in order to get the new name on the birth certificate.

Trinbago Rights said...

Brrrrrr? Why do you want to change the name? Is it that you just found your biological father?

Anonymous said...

Yes

Trinbago Rights said...

Paternity test and then go to a Lawyer... or send me a private e-mail.

Anonymous said...

My son is 17yrs old and he wants 2 carry my surname is it really necessary 2 get a deed poll for that?

Trinbago Rights said...

Of course.

Anonymous said...

Alright.
I don't see your private email or contact.

Anonymous said...

Hi I would like to change my last name to my mother's maiden name and would also like to put my middle name as my first name. I read the process from your previous post but there is no contact info for you. please help.

Anonymous said...

So...you're not answering your email.

Anonymous said...

Hi when there is a name change (with the lawyer and deed poll) can you get back another birth certificate with the changed name on it. My son is 4 months old, and I hastily made a poor choice in name.

Anonymous said...

Hi, is it necessary that a deed poll for a minor be executed by both parents? Or is it legal if done by only one parent? If it is not legal, can you please advise on whether a new deed poll must be done or can it be rectified in some way?

Anonymous said...

hi i reside in ny undocumented. i was told by the trinidad consulate that i need a change of name document due to a hyphen thats in my name but was not on my last passport. i cant do the change of name in ny any advice on how i could get this done. thanks in advance

Trinbago Rights said...

Send me a private e-mail.

Anonymous said...

Hi i live in the UK, how can I change a father's name on a birth certificate. What would I have to produce in order to get the new name on the birth certificate.

Trinbago Rights said...

Paternity test

Anonymous said...

I have one and i took it to the hight connission in the uk and they said they will send me a new one but when it came it still had the name that was there before.

Trinbago Rights said...

Then you need to find out why it wasn't done. I don't work at the High Commission.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know how I can add my mother's middle name to birth certifficate. All of her legal documents carries her middle name, but they do not carry the name that is on her birth certificate.

Trinbago Rights said...

Same process

Anonymous said...

Hi my son is 3 and he has a error in his middle name, how can I correct it?

Anonymous said...

Hi i'm a citizen of trinidad and tobago,i went to the id card office to get my id and i was denied beacuse i hv to similar names on my birth paper but they are spelt wrong and are also wrong side but i have an affidavit and my trinidad and tobago passport stating my correct names the clerk at the id card office told me i needed to get a deed poll done but a deed poll is very expensive and im only a student is there any advice you can give me so i can obtain my id card thanks in advance

Trinbago Rights said...

That should've worked. Try another office without mentioning your past experience.

private said...

I want to change my son fathers name on his birth paper. His biologicl father came out of prison and took paternity which proved he was his real father and not the person on his birth paper a few months after he did without the birth paper being changed what act show I take now and how can I get my son rightfull father on his birth ceritifate what process will the courts take

Anonymous said...

hi i am legally married but seperated from my spouse for a number of years. i would like to remove my married name to my maiden name. i know i have to do a deed pole are there any specifications to do so

Trinbago Rights said...

Just wait until you get divorced.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I recently got married and I would like to keep me maiden name and add on my husband's name. Can I possibly have two last names without having to use the hyphen?

Trinbago Rights said...

No.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I got married in 2013 and took my husband's last name. I now what to revert to my maiden name hyphenated to my husband's last name. What is the process for that?

Trinbago Rights said...

No process. Just simple start hyphenating it going forward. You'd need to carry your marriage certificate to have your name changed.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am a single mother and was never married to my son's father. At birth my son carried his fathers surname. After we separated, I was given fully custody to my son and later I changed his surname to my surname. Do I still need his fathers permission to obtain a passport with the change of name? or would my court papers showing i have full custody along with a deep pole be sufficient?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am a single mother and was never married to my son's father. At birth my son carried his fathers surname. After we separated, I was given fully custody to my son and later I changed his surname to my surname. Do I still need his fathers permission to obtain a passport with the change of name? or would my court papers showing i have full custody along with a deep pole be sufficient?

Trinbago Rights said...

If his name is on the birth certificate, they may ask questions.

Natalie Joseph said...

my dad have being living here all my life, he has being married twice with seven children and he have no documents please tell me how to help him

Anonymous said...

Hi, I live in the UK and I recently applied for the new machine readable passport using my married name.I was told it cannot be done as I was previously married before and I didn't revert to my maiden name. Is there any way I can get this done without a deed poll as on other documents I already use my married name.

Anonymous said...

Hi good day, i never knew my biological father and when my mother got married when i was 3yrs old my step dad did an affidavit and swore as my father. I then assumed his surname.. After 20yrs my mom and him got divorced and she reverted back to her maiden name and i was stuck with his surname. I am 33yrs now and no longer wish to carry his surname and would like to drop the name completely (surname) and just use my first name as my only name. Is that possible? Also i have a 14yr old son who also carries my former step dad's surname (my current surname) and i would like to change that also and have him carry my first name as his surname.. Is that possible also?

Anonymous said...

My husband's is known all his life by a name that is not on his birth certificate until recently when we got married and for his passport, everything else has the other name. If he wants to continue with the name he is known by does he have to do a deed poll, if so how can this be done?

Anonymous said...

Hi, my marriage certificate have my husband middle name how can I change or add his first name to the certificate. the pundit and him both put and sign his middle name

thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi. I got a divorce from my first husband in 2012. I got married again to someone else last year. I have already changed my name in most places using my divorce decree and new Marriage Certificate. Got a new ID card and passport with said documents. I retired early from teaching and receive a pension. I went to Pensions Division at Treasury building with the same documents I used elsewhere to change my name but was told I need to get a deed poll through the court. Why do I need a Deed Poll if I have a divorce decree, a new Marriage Certificate and my name is already changed in my National ID card and Passport. Please help.

Anonymous said...

Hi, my marriage certificate don't have my husband first name. The pundit didn't write his first name and my husband on the date of marriage signed the same as what the pundit wrote his middle name. Can u tell me how to go about correcting it. Thanks

Trinbago Rights said...

The post clearly says that a Lawyer is required. Please read before asking a question that already has an answer.

Trinbago Rights said...

It doesn't make sense. Clearly someone is speaking as though they know what they're talking about, but don't.

Renee Maingot said...

I have a question concerning land. What's the difference between a seed a gift and a deed of comfort? Which of these would be required to build a house on a land without the hassle of a will and the need to get the land surveyed. Someone is building a house on their parents land but wishes to have the comfort of a paper stating that their house wouldn't be jeopardized in the event that the parent dies without a will and the possibility of a relative (step mother) taking control of the property and the person losing their house.

Trinbago Rights said...

Certificate of comfort - Given to long term squatters by the government to grant "ownership" in accordance with the State Land (Regularisation Of Tenure) Act 1998

Deed of gift - a money-less transaction done to give property to another. Most common is probably when parents transfer land to children for no cost

Anonymous said...

Hi, My name is Anna-Lisa but the hyphen was omitted on my birth certificate. I recently corrected the issue with an affidavit. I am now in the process of getting my ID card with my corrected name. However, at the ID card office I was told that I needed to get a deed poll instead of an affidavit to get a new ID card with the name change because I was registered since 2007 and I'm now coming to change it. Is a deed poll really necessary and can a personal affidavit work in this situation? Thank you

worriedsoontobemother said...

When my daughter was born I put my surname and her fathers together hyphenated as her surname. He left soon after I applied for her birth certificate and her passport reflecting this name. He is not Trinidadian and does not live or work here. He signed an affidavit stating that I am the sole caregiver of her and can make all medical decisions, change documents and travel without needing to look for his permission. I would like to change her surname to only mine. We were never married. Can I do this with just the affidavit or what would I need to do? I have no contact with him.

Trinbago Rights said...

As the post says, you have to visit a lawyer.

Trinbago Rights said...

I cannot tell you what the id card office should accept because that will be their internal policy.

Anonymous said...

I have been divorced foe 3 years and all my ids and documents remained in my married name . I would like to revert to my maiden name. What do i have to do

Mystique Adams said...

If I am married and wants my daughter (8years old) to carry my married name. Do I need to do deed poll and if so after it has been done and she takes it to get ID Card at 15 years and passport and DP after would she still have to walk around with the deed poll when she gets older?

Avi Simon said...

My husband who lives in the USA wants to add his name to his 21 year old sons birth certificate who lives in Trinidad & Tobago. My stepson was born out of wedlock and his name could be added. My stepson carries his moms maiden name, and has always known and called my husband dad.
Where do we go to have the change addition done?
And could it be done without coming to Trinidad....his work schedule doesnt permit traveling.

Daphnie Sarran said...

What's the cost

Daphnie Sarran said...

What's the cost

Trinbago Rights said...

You have to contact a lawyer privately to find out.

S Creese said...

Can you recommend lawyers preferably in South, that handle this issue? I would like to change just one letter in my first name to reflect the proper pronunciation of my name. I am very willing to go through the process, I just need to know who to go to.

Sharif Mohammed said...

i have lost my deed poll how can i get a copy or do i have to get a new one?

Anonymous said...

My name is Maxine but was misspelled Maxin on my birth paper. I want to add the 'e' what should i do?

Unknown said...

What is the cost of a deed poll

Trinbago Rights said...

Depends on Lawyer.

Anonymous said...

If a male no longer wants to carry their family surname not for illegal reasons , can they make their own surname and get a deed poll for this? Can you change your surname if you are also part of national security? Not sure if there are any extra implications

Trinbago Rights said...

I really don't know the answer to this question.

meera said...

I have a complicated situation where my fathers name is not on my birthpaper &both my parents are dead,I have called in legal affairs to find out how to get my fathers name in my birthpaper and they are saying I have to go to the court, but what I have to go there for,I don`t know for what exact,and what information I have to carry there eg documents ,witness etc, can you help me please

Trinbago Rights said...

Send me an email.

Mr. Jay said...

Pleasant Day. I carried my mother's maiden name while i was a few months old. I am now 25yrs. All of my identity documents and otherwise carry my father's name. I am in the process of applying for an Electronic Passport. Would an affidavit suffice or would i need a Deep Poll?

Trinbago Rights said...

Some places specify what they need; you have to ask them.

Daniel Joseph said...

Hello, how can I get in touch with you Directly. Please let me know. Thank you

Unknown said...

Hello good day,

My issue is with my married name being on my son's birth certificate. I want to change my name back to my maiden name now that I'm divorced and wanted to know if it could also be changed on my son's birth paper? Or, does it have to remain as my married name?

Unknown said...

Hello, what is the procedure to get my name changed on my Id seeing that I am recently married? and do you the cost and how long it takes?

Unknown said...

Hello goodday,
I have a situation where i carry all my given names (first and middle names). My passport carries one of my middle name, which i plan on using as my first name. Can I change all my other documents with that name once i have a deed of poll? How long do a deed of poll take to get and what is the cost of one?

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Ann Marie Lynch said...

hello. I cannot seem to get email access to you. Can you email me at ann.thelogostnt @gmail.com
It is rather urgent

keisha281189 said...

If the biological father doesn't want his name on the birth paper and the mother doesn't want it either what's the procedure in removing it

keisha281189 said...

If the biological father doesn't want his name on the birth paper and the mother doesn't want it either what's the procedure in removing it

Penny said...

Hi my daughter is nine her father left the country some yes now and was never heard from I would like to change her surname to mine so that i wouldn't have problems getting her visa and stuff what will be the procedure to do so??

Jenna Harrinarine said...

Hi. My father's surname was misspelled at birth, he never corrected this and now my surname has the wrong spelling. All my relatives carry our correct family name and I would like to change this before I get married and start my own family. Do I need to do a deed poll for this? Or will an affidavit work?

Trinbago Rights said...

DP

Miguel Gibbs said...

Ok what I'd like to know is what's the procedure for additional names an cost?!

racquel chotoo said...

I'm still presently married but separated. I have moved on and I'm having a baby for someone else but does want my marriage name on my baby birth paper.is it possible can I use my maiden name in the birth paper? any advice?

Trinbago Rights said...

Of course you can... you're not obligated to use your married name, even if you're married.

Anonymous said...

I am separated. Can I change my married name back to my maiden name even though I am not yet divorced?

anonymous said...

Hi what is the proceedings to change the fathers name on a child's birth certificate. And before you ask no he's not the kids dad and yes we know who the father is...

Lavaughn Albino Selvon said...

I am separated. Can I change my married name back to my maiden name even though I am not yet divorced?

Trinbago Rights said...

Yes

Jenni Gor said...

Can a woman who recently got divorced change son's surname to her maiden name without his father's consent or knowledge? Will there be a problem if the court ordered him to pay child support to the child's original name which includes his father's surname?

Diana said...

Hi,I am 20.My dad's name is not on my birth certificate.I have an affidavit but I would like to get his name on my birth certificate so i would no longer require the affidavit.where can I go to fix this.

Ross Ali said...

Hi, I am getting married in July and my husband wants to adopt my daughter thereafter. However I am told that the adoption process will involve my parental rights as mother. We are therefore considering the deed poll to change her name. She is 10. Is it possible and advisable to go that route?

Trinbago Rights said...

Visit a family lawyer for advice.

Trinbago Rights said...

Start at the Ministry of Legal Affairs.

complexsion anabell said...

Hi,I got married last yr April & I hyphenated my husband's surname on my id card, now I would like to drop my maiden name.. The woman at the Id card office states, it would cost between $2000-$5000 to get that procedure done.. Is this a true statement?

Alejan said...

Hi I recently got married and I was wondering instead of carrying my husband's surname could I carry his first name instead?

Alejan said...

Hi I recently got married and I was wondering instead of carrying my husband's surname could I carry his first name instead?

Concept 7 Trinidad and Tobago Ltd said...

I am divorced five years now and I will like to drop my ex husband's surname off my tile and revert to my original name. What do I need to do to get this done - remove his surname?

Fresh cut unisex barber salon said...

Hi i am applying the new birth certificate an i am married so i am carrying my husband last name so what last name do i use when fulling out the application form do i use the one that i an using now or the one in by old birth certificate

Trinbago Rights said...

Simply use your name only.

concerned said...

hi i,m in the same situation, Trinbago rights please response, thanks

Mire said...

Hi.. When i was younger my dad changed my birth name and sign documents to use a different name on my ID an stuff but now I want to change it back to my birth name. How do I go about doing so?

Anonymous said...

Hi - I am a Guyanese national, holder of a CSME certificate, living and working in TT and I have recently got married to a Trinidad citizen. In terms of changing my surname to my husband's surname, please advise what process I should follow. Thanks and regards.

Unknown said...

Hi if can you usend the certificate that church gives you to change your name at ID card office and the license office?. Reason I ask is that my wifeet ID and license expired and we signed up for the marriage certificate ato legal affairs and it is taking very long but I have the certificate from the pastor at church

Aarion Sookhoo said...

Hi I don't have the marriage certificate from legal affairs as yet , can I use the marriage certificate that the pastor give me from church to use to add on my surname to wife name at the ID card office and the License office. Reason for asking is that my wife ID and License card expired and the marriage certificate from legal is taking long to process

Anonymous said...

Hi there thanks for the progressive thinking and caring in having a site like this, i'm hoping for some clarity in cases of gender recognition where a change of name is done for that purpose, having all appropriate documents in order, what do we in Trinidad and Tobago allow for, i saw the UK allow one to change name on birth certificate

http://www.deedpoll.org.uk/CanABirthCertificateBeChanged.html('Can a birth certificate be changed?',paragraph 7)

"If you have changed your gender and obtained a Gender Recognition Certificate
If you are at least 18 years of age and have gender dysphoria and have been living in your acquired gender for at least two years, you can apply to the Gender Recognition Panel (opens new window) for a Gender Recognition Certificate, which will enable you to obtain a new birth certificate showing your new gender and name. The new birth certificate can be used as documentary evidence of your change of name thus avoiding the need for a Deed Poll."

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm going to be divorced soon and carry my ex last name and I wanted to know the procedure in changing my last name, into a made up last name?

Anonymous said...

Hi I would like to change the order of my middle names on my birth certificate. For example, if it's A B C D and I want to make it C D A B, would I need a deed poll for that? And if so, how much would it cost?

Trinbago Rights said...

Yes... Attorney fees vary.

Anonymous said...

My first name was spelt incorrectly on my original birth certificate.

However, because of affidavits that were done, the correct spelling has always been used and ALL of my personal official documents have the correct spelling.

Is it possible to have the error corrected on my new certificate?

Also, is it legal to use a middle name as a first name?

Sam Daroga said...

Good day,
I am considering changing the structure of my entire name. That is, dropping the first name & applying my middle name and also changing the surname, not because of marriage and for any fraudulent purpose, I just never liked the surname. Can this type of alteration be done in TT, specifically to a random surname change? Can a person choose any new surname to apply to their name structure and is there another or screening process involved?

Trinbago Rights said...

I really haven't seen this happen here yet, but I'm sure it's possible using this same process.

Denise Pritchard said...

Good day,
Can you please give me advice on how to remove the father's name from your child's birth paper if he's not interested in being in the child's life please?

Simone Allen-Noreiga said...

Gd day
I was told by a JP that there is no law in TnT that states that a child must only carry their father's surname that both parents' names can be included e.g. Allen-Noreiga?

Sam said...

Hey my then common law husband name is on my son birthday paper . We are married now . But his biological father wants his name on his son birth certificate how can this be done please give some advice. Thank you

Simone Allen-Noreiga said...

ello good day,
I was told by a JP that the laws in Trinidad do not require a child to automatically carry only their father's surname.
Can u clarify this for me, reason being my 11 yr old son has been carrying both my husband's & my surnames with a hyphen (Allen-Noreiga) but now that he had to be registered for SEA the MOE is refusing to use his hyphenated surname.
It's even on his passport but schools are required to use a birth paper in registration which to my knowledge has no surname of the owner on it so they are using the child's father's surname but my son has both our surnames as I stated previously
Some info / advice would be greatly appreciated

D said...

Can I remove my son fathers name from his birth certificate?
If yes what is the process, I dont want to involve the father.
His name was not on the certificate until he was about 5

Anonymous said...

Good day my mother wishes to retain her maiden name due to the passing of her husband whom she has been astranged from for seven years how can this be done?

Trinbago Rights said...

Carry the death certificate to wherever she wants it changed.

Anonymous said...

Can I not just go to a lawyer and do the name change and pay the necessary fees

Anonymous said...

I am married and i add on my husband surname along with my maiden name to my id card an my passport.i no longer wish to carry his surname. I would like to drop it off.Do i need to do a deed poll an this has to be done by a lawyer?

Anonymous said...

Hi - I am female Guyanese national who got married to a Trinidadian national. In respect of name change - do I just approach the banks n relevant institutions with my marriage certificate to effect a name change i.e as I intend to use my husband's surname? Or is there is legal process? Also, my Guyanese passport - should I re-apply for a new one with my marriage certificate to effect a change in name? Thanks

Trinbago Rights said...

Correct.

aveeta swan said...

Hi, I have been divorced for over 6 years and ex husband deceased, 3 years ago, I am about to renew my passport and would like to revert to my maiden name. My ID card still has my maiden name.
Do I still need an avidavit or will my divorce papers, death certificate etc be sufficient ...
I thank you in advance for your advice

Charlene Charles said...

Goodday my son is 9 and recently had his father surname inserted on his Birthpaper does this mean his surname is now his fathers does it remain the same since his father and I are not married?

Maria said...

I have been renting and apartment for four years always on time with my rent the laND lordndlord 16 year old son was bullying my 2 yr old son I made a report to the police because the landlord was only picking up for her son the morning the police came the evening I got a 2 weeks eviction notice can I get a 2 weeks notice because I thought it wasmall 30 days.They typed up the eviction themselves

Trinbago Rights said...

Correct

Trinbago Rights said...

The parents decide that... it's not automatic.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I never changed my name after marriage and my husband and I are separated how do I start the divorce process?

Trinbago Rights said...

Same as everyone else.

Anonymous said...

I have a daughter who father disappear when she was still a baby. She is now 10yrs old and have never met him. I am married 5yrs to someone else and would like my daughter to carry my husbands surname to make things easier when organising legal documents and applying for a American visa. What is the best way to go about this change of name and what ministry do i need to go too as my husband is the only father she have ever known?

Trinbago Rights said...

Deed Poll

Mike Troy said...

hey so I just happened to pick up my computerized birth certificate there's an error with my name instead of Michael the correct spelling it says "Micheal" what do I do to fix this ? the officer at the embassy in NYC said affidavit and get it notarized. Is there a special affidavit form for this I dont want to fill out the wrong one and mail in the wrong one can you post me the right form to fix this error ?

Trinbago Rights said...

There's no form... just visit a notary public and they'll assist.