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New Law on the Registration of Acts of Civil Status

On July 1, 2020, the Law of Turkmenistan on the Registration of Civil Status Acts will come into force. This law regulates the procedure for registration of the following civil acts:

  • Childbirth;
  • Marriage;
  • Dissolution of Marriage;
  • Adoption;
  • Establishment of paternity;
  • Change of name and surname;
  • Death of a Citizen.

The law also defines the organizational, legal basis for the activities of the bodies responsible for state registration of civil status acts.

In addition, the Ministry of Justice of Turkmenistan will create an electronic database of civil status records for Turkmenistan and will maintain and control it.

It is worth noting that the Law describes in detail the grounds for changing the surname, first name and patronymic of citizens:

  • An expression of a person's desire to change an unsound or difficult to pronounce surname and/or first name and/or patronymic;
  • Expressing a desire to share a surname with your spouse;
  • The desire to return to one's last name before marriage (before the first and subsequent marriages) (if it was not announced during the dissolution of the marriage, in case of non-dissolution of the marriage or in case of death of a spouse);
  • Expression of desire to carry the surname of the father (mother);
  • The expression of desire to change the surname by the name of the father, the paternal grandfather and the maternal grandfather;
  • An expression of the applicant's desire to carry the surname of his or her stepfather (stepmother) and/or the patronymic of the father, stepfather, if there is no possibility of adoption;
  • Expressing a desire to have a surname and/or first name and/or patronymic corresponding to nationality;
  • If in reality he bears a name other than the name on the birth record, in case he expresses his wish to wear his real name.

You can read the full text of the Law in the newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan #314-315 of December 17, 2019.

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