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Albania - Change Your Name (Deed Poll)

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Introduction

If you are using, or wish to use, a name other than your registered name, there is no legal requirement that you formally change your name. It is, however, recommended that you change your name officially, both for identification and as evidence of your name change.

Name change generally refers to the legal act by a person of adopting a name different from their name at birth, marriage or adoption. The procedures and ease of a name change vary between jurisdictions.

Eligibility

Everyone has the right to change their name.

Both adults and children can change their name for a variety of reasons.

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Instructions

After marriage, you can choose to continue using your own surname, or you can start using your spouse's surname.

A spouse may use his or her surname before the marriage, at birth or by adoption. A spouse can also use the surname of his or her spouse by marriage.

After a divorce, a person may use their name at birth or married surname.

Required Information

  • Your name as listed on birth certificate or immigration or citizenship documents.
  • The full name you are applying to change to (if you are changing your name).
  • Date and place of birth
  • Marital status and details
  • Places of residence for last three months
  • Address for Correspondence

Procedure

The most important thing to do to legally change your name is to start using your new name. Introduce yourself using your new name, fill out forms and applications under your new name, tell all of your family and friends to only refer to you using your new name, and tell your school and/or employer of your new name.

If you wish to be known by a different name you can change your name at any time, provided you do not intend to deceive or defraud another person. There is no legal procedure to follow in order to change a name. You simply start using the new name. You can change your forename or surname, add names or rearrange your existing names.

Although there is no legal way to change a name, you may want evidence that you have changed your name. However, you cannot change details on your birth certificate, except in limited circumstances.

Once you have decided to change your name, you can use the new name for all purposes, for example, publishing marriage bans, legal proceedings and obtaining, or changing details on a driving license or passport.

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Required Documents

  • A request to the civil status office, in which he/she states the reason for the name change.
  • Certifications from the district attorney’s office, the judicial district’s court (under whose jurisdiction the citizen lives), and a Penal Certificate from the Justice Ministry, which prove that he is not accused of, or in a penal proceeding.

Fees

For registration of first name or last name changes, the tax is 700 leke

Validity

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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Interior Affairs
Address: Sheshi Skënderbej 3
Phone: +355 4 224 71 55
Email: ministria.brendshme@moi.gov.al
Website: http://www.moi.gov.al

Diplomatic Missions abroad

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Video

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Information which might help

Typically, you may legally change your name to whatever name you'd like. There are some exceptions, though:

  • You can't change your name just to escape debt liability or to hide from criminal liability.
  • You can't change your name in order to commit a crime.
  • You can't change your name with the intention to mislead. This usually involves taking the name of a famous person. Courts typically do not allow this, unless you have a convincing reason that is not related to the famous person or the use of his or her name.
  • You can't choose a confusing name one that includes numerals or punctuation. However, some courts have permitted people to spell out the numbers, for example "Seven" instead of "7".
  • You can't choose a name that would intimidate, offend, or be considered obscene.
  • You can't choose a racial slur.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

You may want to change your name because:

  • You have just gotten married
  • You have divorced
  • You just want a change

External Links

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania

Albanian Government

Ministry of Justice of Albania

Others

You do not need legal proof that you have changed your name, provided that you can be identified by your new chosen name. However, there are some circumstances, for example, applying for a passport, when additional evidence of the change of name is required. The evidence required varies depending on the purpose for which it is needed and can include:-

  • a letter from a responsible person
  • a public announcement
  • a statutory declaration
  • a deed poll
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