According to the civil laws in Vietnam, a citizen’s full name including first name, middle name and last name has been registered at birth in the birth certificate when propertly issued. If a Vietnamese wishes to change the name, there must be a legitimate reasons and the process and procedure have to follow Vietnam Civil Code.
Individuals may request competent state agencies to recognize the change of name in the following cases:
a) At the request of person with name which the use such names causes confusion, emotional impact on family, honor, rights and lawful interests of that person;
b) At the request of the adoptive parents about changing names for adoption or adopted child ceases adoption with the adoptive parents or when the birth parents request to regain the name that originally used;
c) At the request of the father, the mother or the child when determining parents of children;
d) Changing the family name of a child from their father’s family name to their mother’s family name or vice versa;
e) Changing the names of persons found their origins;
f) Change the name of the persons which gender is redefined;
g) The other case law on civil registration regulations.
Due to the complexity of the process in some cases, a law firm in Vietnam could help with a service which clients could same time and cost rather than trying to carry out the process themselves.
Under the provisions of Paragraph 1, Article 36 of Decree No. 158/2005/ND-CP on the registration and management of civil status, individual can change last name, middle name and first name which wereregistered in the birth certificatewhen they have legitimate reason under the provisions of the Civil Code.
The “legitimate reasons” to change the full name is specified in Article 27 of the Civil Code 2005 on the right to change name, which include:
1.Individuals have the right to request the state agency to recognize the changing of their names in the following cases:
a) As requested by the people with names that the use names cause confusion, affect the family love, honor, rights and lawful interests of such persons;
b) As requested by the adoptive father, adoptive mother about changing names for adopted child, or when the adopted child ceases to be adopted and this person or the nature father or nature mother request to regain the name that the nature father and nature mother have set;
c) As requested by the nature father, nature mother or the child when determining the parent for the child;
d) Changing the last name of a child from their father’s to their mother’s or vice versa;
f) Changing the names of the person who is redefining gender;
g) Other cases regulated by civil law.
2. The changing of names for the person from nine years old must have the consent of that person.
3. The changing of names of individuals does not affect and terminate the rights and civil obligations established under their old name.
Thus, if the use of your first name, last name and middle name cause confusion, affecting the family love, your honor, rights and lawful interests, causing difficulties in the transaction, you may conduct the name changing.
Procedures to change full name will be performed at the District People’s Committee where you have registered the birth certificate.
– Declaration (in the prescribed form);
– Presenting the original birth certificate of the person who need for change names and civil status;
– The relevant documents as a basis for the change or correction of civic status.
In principle, the Vietnam State authorities only accept considering birth certificate that has been legalized, unless the law of Vietnam and international treaties in which Vietnam has signed or participated has other provisions.
In the trend of integration and development, Vietnam has expanded exchanges with all countries in the world. Therefore, the demand for legalize birth certificate is inevitable.ANT Lawyersis honored to provide the service to legalize birth certificate, evaluating the legitimacy of the birth certificate and on behalf of institutions and individuals to perform the procedure at the state agencies with the most reasonable cost.
The process to legalize birth certificate includes:
Step 1: Receipt of birth certificate record from client and conduct the document translation;
Step 2: Get the judicial stamp for the translation of birth certificate
Step 3: Get legalized stamp for the birth certificate
Step 4: Get the stamps of embassies, consulates for birth certificate
Step 5: Return the legalized birth certificate record to customer