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Finland - 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

Anyone who is resident in Finland and who are in the Population Information System, can be changed in Finland's first and last name.

In addition, the non-resident Finnish citizens who are domiciled in a country other than Norway, Sweden or Denmark, change of name may be made in Finland.

The change of name in matters relating to first-degree nimiviranomaisina operate local register offices.

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Instructions

The name change application can be sent to any of the local register office, but the applications will not be addressed by all councils.

Helsinki, Western Uusimaa and Eastern Uusimaa the magistrate english name change applications will be processed in Northern Finland the magistrate Kajaani unit. Helsinki, the magistrate, and the magistrate of Eastern Uusimaa Swedish applications are processed in south-western Finland the magistrate Turku and Western Uusimaa a magistrate Swedish applications for the magistrate Raaseporin unit.

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 name change is done either in the notification or application procedure. The name change notification must be in your local register office.

The name change application can be sent to any of the local register office, but applications will no longer be addressed in all councils.

The application / notification forms are available at Forms section or the nearest register office.

In addition, the non-resident Finnish citizens who are domiciled in a country other than Norway, Sweden or Denmark, change of name may be made in Finland.

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Required Documents

  • Certificate of Criminal Record
  • Request Addressed to the Minister of Justice
  • Application addressed to the Registrar
  • Identity Card (original and photocopy)

Fees

Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.

Validity

Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

Application Forms

Sample Documents

Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.

Processing Time

Please explain processing time taken in obtaining the document/certificate.

Office Locations & Contacts

List of Local Register Offices
Search for the nearest Registry Office in your area

Ministry of Justice
Postal address: PO BOX 25, FI-00023 Government
Visiting address: Eteläesplanadi 10, Helsinki
Telephone: +358 2951 6001
Fax: +358 9 1606 7730

The registry of the Ministry of Justice:
Tel. +358 2951 50322 or +358 2951 50320
Official mail: oikeusministerio(at)om.fi

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Video

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 
	

Information which might help

A minor child, a change of surname is sufficient to note, when parents want to change the child's surname father's last name, in the event that the parents do not have the child's birth surname paternity has not been established and registered in the Population Information System of registration of the child.

The minor child's surname can change the notification of parents common surname, if the parents signed between marriage and take a common last name. Spouses also has the opportunity to provide a common surname of the other spouse for a minor child.

The child's parents must have the child's name change to consensus. The twelve-year-old child's family name can not be changed without the person's consent. If the child's family name is to be changed in some other way, the change will apply for a paid magistrate name change application. Also, a registered partnership within the children's last name changes are subject to payment application cases.

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
  • In case of adoption

External Links

Government of Finland

Name Change

Local Register Offices of Finland Website

Others

A minor child, a change of surname is sufficient to note, when parents want to change the child's surname father's last name, in the event that the parents do not have the child's birth surname paternity has not been established and registered in the Population Information System of registration of the child.

The minor child's surname can change the notification of parents common surname, if the parents signed between marriage and take a common last name. Spouses also have the opportunity to provide a common surname of the other spouse for a minor child.

The child's parents must have the child's name change to consensus. The twelve-year-old child's family name can not be changed without the person's consent.

Spouse's name change

Also, a spouse may in certain cases to change his last name ilmoitusteitse. A spouse may during the marriage once either take the previous surname personal use their common surname ahead (double name), or to give it up. Notification of registration charges are applicable.

If the spouses have been married before 1.1.1986, the wife has the right during the marriage to take the family name is the name that he was unmarried when.

If the marriage is dissolved by the death or divorce, the spouse can take back the surname, which he had recently while unmarried. Notification of registration charges are applicable.

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