Change of Name Licence

Under Section 9 of the Aliens Act, 1935 a person who wishes to assume a name other than that by which he/she was ordinarily known prior to reaching the age of majority is required to obtain a change of name licence from this Department to do so.á In order for this name change to take legal effect a deed poll would also need to be executed.

Section 8 of the Aliens Act, 1935 provides that it shall not be lawful for any alien on or over the age of 21 years to assume or use or purport to assume or use or to continue the assumption or use after the appointed day of any name other than the name by which he was ordinarily and usually known on..........the day before the date on which he attained the age of 21 years (21 years was the age of majority in 1935 but this was reduced to 18 years by the Age of Majority Act, 1985).

Section 8(4) of the Aliens Act, 1935 states as follows "in the case of a woman, neither the assumption of her marriage of the surname of her husband nor the use of that surname after her marriage shall be a contravention of this section.

Irish Citizens

Irish citizens do not require a change of name licence.á However, a letter stating same may be required from this office.

Before issuing a letter to the effect that a licence is not required the following documents are required:-

  1. Original long form birth certificate
  2. Original passport
  3. Any documents pertaining to any previous name change i.e. marriageácertificate in the case of a womaná who may have changed her nameáon marriage or deed poll documents where a deed poll has previouslyábeen executed.

British Citizens

British citizens do not come within the definition of "Alien" and are therefore not required to obtain change of name licences in order to affect a deed poll.á However, the High Court normally requires a letter from this Department stating that this is the case.

Before issuing a letter to the effect that a licence is not required the following documents are required: (document no. 3 is not applicable to all applicants)

1. Original long form birth certificate,
2. Original passport,
3. any documents pertaining to any previous name change i.e. marriage certificate in the case of a woman who may have changed her name on marriage or deed poll documents where a deed poll has previously been executed.

Minors

Section 8 of the Aliens Act, 1935 provides that it shall not be lawful for any alien on or over the age of 21 years to assume.........any name other than the name by which he was ordinarily and usually known on..........the day before the date on which he attained the age of 21 years without first having obtained a change of name licence from the Minister.á

Where the parent/legal guardian of a minor wishes to effect a name change by deed poll on behalf of the minor the High Court normally requires a letter from this Department stating that a change of name licence is not required.

Before issuing a letter to the effect that a licence is not required the following documents are required:

  1. Original long form birth certificate of the minor,
  2. Proof of identity of the parent/legal guardian making the application i.e. passport.


Change of Name upon Marriage & Reverting back to Maiden Name

A change of name licence is not required in the above cases.á

Before issuing a letter to the effect that a licence is not the following documents are required:

  1. Original long form birth certificate
  2. Marriage certificate.

Persons who require a Change of Name Licence should write in to the Change of Name Section for an application form.

Applications for a Change of Name licence must submitted to the Change of Name Licence Section, 3rd Floor, INIS, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.