• January 26, 2022
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In Order to Change a Surname in a Passport, It Will Be Necessary to Declare Nationality

Ministry of Justice Ewelina Dobrowolska claims that if a Lithuanian citizen wishes to change the name and surname to non-Lithuanian, it will be necessary to declare nationality in advance.

As stated by Dobrowolska, for members of families with mixed nationalities, the marriage certificate, passport, or identity card of the spouse will be considered a source of the document, while nationality will have to be declared by representatives of national minorities.

“The law states that a nationality record in a population register, that one is, for example, a Pole from Lithuania or a person of another nationality is required. It is because of the nationality file that the bills are being coordinated. […] I am sure that by May 1, we will have all the necessary decisions” – E. Dobrowolska said at a press conference on Wednesday. 

According to her, to change names and surnames, it will be necessary to apply to the municipal registry office, as it was before.


Source: BNS, fot. BNS/Lukas Balandis

Translated by Karolina Glaubitt within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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