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They both can't be right. Can they?

Hi, we are early on in our application for nationality. Filled out the official forms, sent them recent copies of our birth and marriage certificates.
Yesterday we received a request for "Confirmation de vos données d'etat civil'. They want us to confirm the data on their attached forms is correct.

Well it is, and it isn't.
In the section for Filiation under Nom de la mère (It does not say Nom de jeune fille de la mère) it has my mothers maiden name. However on my wife's form they have her mothers married name.

Both birth certificates correctly showed both our mother's maiden and married names. I suspect the form should show the mothers' maiden names but it isn't that clear. My mother is still with us, my wife's has sadly deceased some years ago.

The covering letter clearly, and strongly, warns that if we don't advise of any corrections it will not be possible to correct the data in the future. I also wonder if it really matters if they have one of our parents surname's wrong. I can't think of any reason why we would need to refer to the information in the future.

So, do we respond to the letter pointing out their inconsistency, providing copies of documents they already have, and asking for corrections or do we let it go?
I'd prefer not to delay an already lengthy process. Any thoughts or experiences? Is this a sneaky test?

This is for the canton of Vaud
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Old 23.08.2017, 11:08
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Re: They both can't be right. Can they?

Ask for corrections. This could be a trap to check how pedantic you are!
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Old 23.08.2017, 19:09
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Probably best to ask for clarification as to which is right, before asking for corrections.
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Re: They both can't be right. Can they?

Thanks, I've responded noting the inconsistency and provided the maiden and married names of both.

I'll post back when they respond.
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Re: They both can't be right. Can they?

I would expect that the official names of the parents at the moment of birth should be the valid ones.

If they picked something else then you need to correct such since it never is clear in this country if and when such fault could be used against you.
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Old 23.08.2017, 22:35
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Re: They both can't be right. Can they?

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I would expect that the official names of the parents at the moment of birth should be the valid ones.
You'd think so, but I checked my family book after reading the OP. It has my mother's maiden name only, even though she was married when I was born. For my husband's mother it shows her married name only.
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You'd think so, but I checked my family book after reading the OP. It has my mother's maiden name only, even though she was married when I was born. For my husband's mother it shows her married name only.
I can check mine.

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I would expect that the official names of the parents at the moment of birth should be the valid ones.
On my fathers Swiss birth certificate/ register extract (international version) my grandmother's married name is listed. Which was not her name at time of birth. They married a few months after the birth.

I would say the current name (or last in case they passed away) would be expect on a recent birth certificate. Otherwise how would you find the heirs or do you still send a letter to your mother using her maiden name?
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