Minor Change of Name
Change of Name for a Child Below the Age of 21 Years. From 1 June 2007, to effect a change of name of a minor, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) requires one parent to complete a form to declare that the minor’s other parent has also consented to the name change, in addition to producing the Deed Poll. If the other parent is uncontactable or has died, the parent who has signed the Deed Poll must state this information on the Declaration Form accordingly.
It is essential that if the other parent can be found, you should attempt to seek his or her consent prior to applying for a Deed Poll with Loh Eben Ong. During your attendance in our office, if a single parent is signing the Deed Poll for the child, he or she will be required to sign Loh Eben Ong’s Declaration Form for our internal records.
Advisable for Both Parents to Sign for Child’s Deed Poll
We would advise that both parents to sign the Deed Poll for their minor child so that there will be less hurdle when changing the child’s name in his or her NRIC, Passport or at the Registry of Birth.
Occasionally, ICA may require both parents to sign to effect the change of name, which is beyond our control. In the event that you faced such issue, please do not make any allegation against us that we have failed to advise you accordingly, and we take strong objection to any such allegation and reserve all our rights and/or remedies.
Parents made decisions for reasons best known to themseleves to have only 1 parent to sign. Such reasons may include but not limited to one parent too busy to attend at our office, or the other parent is difficult to contact as they are both separated.
Change of Surname for Minor
Based on our experence, ICA wil be very slow to change a child’s surname without both parents’ consent (unless one of them has died). Even when you wish to adopt the surname of the natural father of the child, whose name does not appear in the child’s birth certificate, ICA may require a DNA to confirm that he is the natural father of the child.