Thursday, 17 April 2014

Questions (35, 36)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

35. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if a person who changes their name by deed poll must wait a particular period of time before changing their name on their passport; the length of time needed; the reason for same. [18289/14]

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Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

36. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the procedures a person wishing to change their surname on their passport after getting married must go through if they present an Irish or UK marriage or civil partnership certificate; the procedure they must go through if they present a non-Irish or non-UK marriage or civil partnership certificate; the length of time both of these procedures take; the reason for any differences; the legislative provisions governing same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18290/14]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 35 and 36 together.

The Passports Act 2008 provides the basis on which the name should appear on a passport. In general terms the name in which a passport may issue shall be in the name of the applicant as it appears in the relevant certificate of birth. The Passports Act makes further provision to have a change in surname on the passport after getting married. This name change is accommodated on submission of a passport application accompanied by a certificate of marriage or civil partnership from the appropriate civil registration authorities. The Passport Service does not distinguish between the country of origin of the civil registration certificate for name change purposes.

The Passports Act also provides the legal basis for name changes on passports by deed poll. Evidence to the satisfaction of the Passport Service which proves use of the new name for a period of two years is required for a passport to issue in a new name without any observation as to the name previously used.