It’s possible that you’re known to Czech authorities under several different names Photo: Canva.com

That is a legitimate question to ask many foreigners. Some might even be surprised, thinking that of course, they only have that one name – only to find out that the local authorities called them by many different ones. And we’re not talking about nicknames! 

Are you an coming from a country that does not use Latin script (e.g. Cyrillic script)? Or are your residency documents not biometric? If you answered yes, you might find out that you are known under more than one name (or surname) in the CR. Your name might be difficult to transliterate from your vital records into Czech and as a result, changes are made. This could lead to misunderstandings. You can avoid it by double checking how a translator transliterates your name and ask if there are any other possibilities. Or you ask for a document that unifies all your names. It’s called ‘matriční jednota’ and you can get it at the Immigration office. Read more about your options on our blog. 

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