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Name Change on Swiss Passport

Hello all,

I am a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland. I have visited Switzerland before but have lived my whole life in the United States.

To make a long story short, my name is spelled incorrectly on my Swiss passport. It is spelled LiMato when it needs to be spelled Limato.

I called the Swiss Consulate in New York and they said that the name can only be changed if I do a name change in my family register in Switzerland which is in Aadorf, TG.

My question is, where can I find the form to make this name change? I've looked online and can't find anything on the Thurgau government website.
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Hello all,

I am a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland. I have visited Switzerland before but have lived my whole life in the United States.

To make a long story short, my name is spelled incorrectly on my Swiss passport. It is spelled LiMato when it needs to be spelled Limato.

I called the Swiss Consulate in New York and they said that the name can only be changed if I do a name change in my family register in Switzerland which is in Aadorf, TG.

My question is, where can I find the form to make this name change? I've looked online and can't find anything on the Thurgau government website.
I don't think there's a form for it. You don't change your name that easily in this country. Phone the administration of Aadorf or send them an e-mail and explain.
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Re: Name Change on Swiss Passport

When I got a name change, the consulate handled everything for me. I guess some are nicer than others. You could try contacting a consul in a different city and see if that works out, but emailing Aadorf could work. Given the population, they might have most of the records in Frauenfeld, so you might have to end up contacting them instead.
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Changing your legal name in the US to LiMatomight be easier and cheaper.
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Changing your legal name in the US to LiMatomight be easier and cheaper.
It's not that hard - it's not like you're making an actual name change, you're having them correct a clerical error.
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Re: Name Change on Swiss Passport

First I would check whether there is an error in the civil registry or whether it is merely an error in the passport.

If the wrong spelling is in the civil registry, you can use the form below to correct clerical errors (German only):
http://www.zas.admin.ch/org/00721/00...x.html?lang=de

You will then need to send it with any accompanying documents to (since they cover Aadorf TG):

Zivilstandsamt Bezirk Münchwilen
Kirchplatz 5
Postfach
8370 Sirnach
Tel. 058 345 13 40
Fax 058 345 13 41
E-Mail: zivilstandsamt.muenchwilen@tg.ch


Still you might want to contact them first and ask them the best way to rectify the issue before sending them the form.

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Re: Name Change on Swiss Passport

If it is a clerical error on their part, make sure you do not have to pay for it.

The canton made a mistake spelling my name on my work permit, and I could easily prove it was their error because they had scans of the forms I had filled in.

However, they still tried to get me to pay for the replacement! Luckily the guy serving me in the cantonal office realised how unfair this would be and managed to talk them around on the phone, but I still ended up paying for a second set of postage
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It's not that hard - it's not like you're making an actual name change, you're having them correct a clerical error.
I'm guessing you haven't had much to do with Swiss bureaucracy.
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Re: Name Change on Swiss Passport

Not much, but I did have my name changed, and it's painless. The issue isn't with getting it done, it's with getting them to agree to it. Telling them it's misspelled is easy to explain, easy to understand, there's no reason for them to question the validity of the request.
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First I would check whether there is an error in the civil registry or whether it is merely an error in the passport.
Very true. Also, one can legally have different names in two different countries of which one is citizen and/or domiciliary. When I had my youngest daughter added to my Swiss family register (Familienschein) I wrote her name with diacritical marks (accents) but these were ignored because they did not appear on the birth certificate issued by the Register Office in Belfast where she was born.

The European Court of Human Rights and, less relevantly for Switzerland the European Court of Justice, have ruled on the rights of individuals to have their name and gender revised on their civil records and documents. Prior to the first of these cases one could be "male" on a British passport "female" on a French passport. Here's a news report on a 2007 ECHR decision in an Irish case: http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/1019/94925-foyl/

My mother's name was quite different on her US identity documents from her Swiss ones, as she'd Americanised it. And there was some argument when my grandfather died in Zürich over whether his stage name (he had been a Vaudeville actor) could be included on his tombstone. In the end the authorities agreed it could be added with a hyphen.
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