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The Consulate General of Georgia is authorized, upon your request and as provided by law, to undertake proceedings for name or surname change registration. As a result, respective changes will be made to your civil status documents, and further, to your identity cards.

Name and surname change will be registered within 45 days of filing the application.

Only citizens of Georgia or stateless persons with respective status in Georgia, whose birth is registered by the Georgian competent authorities can apply for registration of name and surname change at the Consulate.

The interested person’s application and a combination of specific circumstances under this Chapter provide the basis for the registration of name and surname change. The interests of persons who have not yet reached full age or are incapable will be represented by their statutory representatives. Minors at 10 and above must express their consent to the change of their names and surnames. A person may register a change of name only once.

A person may change his/her surname and adopt:

  1. the surname of the relative in the ascending or descending lines;
  2. the combined surname of his/her parents;
  3. the surname of his/her actual parent;
  4. the surname of his/her adoptive parent;
  5. the surname of his/her spouse;
  6. the surname granted to him/her by the competent authority.

It is mandatory to appear at the Consulate General of Georgia in person. Prior to appearing at the Consulate General, an appointment must be made.

A list of documents to be submitted:

  • documents certifying the existence of circumstances for the change of name, surname;
  • In case of registration of the change of name, surname by proxy – a proxy form and an ID card of a person acting as proxy.
  • A money order in the amount of $50 USD written out to the Consulate General of Georgia in NY

Note: Any document issued by the authorities of any other country must be verified in a due manner, certified by an Apostille (List of issuing authorities of apostilles).

A special rule applies to court decisions of a foreign country, which, upon certification, are subject to acceptance by the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Note: Any document issued by the authorities of any other country may be filed in Georgian, English or Russian. If the translation is provided by respective bodies of the foreign country, certification procedures indicated above will also apply to the translated copies of documents.

The registration of name and surname change and the issue of respective certificate are part of one and the same procedure. Name and surname change must be reflected in certain civil status acts.