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Seychelles - Change your Name

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Procedure[edit]

  • The application will be published three times in the Official Gazette for four months. The application will be approved if no objection has been lodged or on good and sufficient ground in support of the application.
  • Once you are married, automatically your husband's surname will be your new surname. You need not go to Civil Status office to change your surname.
  • If you happen to be divorced and you wish to be known by your maiden name, then you need to certify with the Civil Status office as to that you are divorced. Then you can proceed to get your new National Identity card.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship registration / naturalization certificate


Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Home Affairs and Transport
Department of Immigration and Civil Status
Independence House
P.O Box 340
Victoria, Mahe
Republic of Seychelles
Email: [email protected]
Phone: [248] 4 293 600
Fax: [248] 4 225 035
http://www.ics.gov.sc

Mahe

Central office

Telephone No: + (248) 29 36 36


Anse Royale

Telephone No: + (248) 37 11 72


Praslin

Telephone No: + (248) 23 39 04


La Digue

Telephone No: + (248) 23 42 20


E mail: [email protected]

Opening hours: 8.00am - 11.00 am and 1.00pm - 3.00pm.



Eligibility[edit]

A citizen of Seychelles by birth or naturalization and has resided in Seychelles for three years may apply by petition to the Chief Officer of the Civil Status for leave to make change or addition of his name, surname or family name.



Fees[edit]

The fee for the application is SR500/- and the publications in the gazette is around SR300/-.



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Instructions[edit]

There are several reasons why someone wants to change their name or name or their childs name. Regardless of the reason, the process is the same.

You need to go to the Civil Status office in Independence house on ground floor.


Required Information[edit]

  • 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


Need for the Document[edit]

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.


Information which might help[edit]

  • The application will be published three times in the Official Gazette for four months. The application will be approved if no objection has been lodged or on good and sufficient ground in support of the application.
  • Once you are married, automatically your husband's surname will be your new surname. You need not go to Civil Status office to change your surname.
  • If you happen to be divorced and you wish to be known by your maiden name, then you need to certify with the Civil Status office as to that you are divorced. Then you can proceed to get your new National Identity card.


Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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[edit]

Government of Seychelles

Change of Name

Change of Name

Immigration and Civil Status Department


Others[edit]

The Civil Status Division carries the responsibilities to:

  • Register, record and maintain vital events in respect of births, deaths and marriages occurring in the Seychelles.
  • Process applications for change of name.
  • Issue certificate of Birth, Death and Marriage
  • Maintain records of Divorce
  • Maintain National Population Database
  • Issue ID Cards to all residents in the country.