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A person has the right to personally change his/her personal code once, if the person was assigned a personal code containing the date of birth. Also, in certain cases, a person may change his name, surname and nationality.
The personal code is made up of eleven digits, ensuring that the personal codes are not repeated. This is the amount of data required for the unambiguous identification of a person in the national information systems.
As of July 1, 2017, the first digits of the personal code are “32”, while the other digits are automatically generated random digits of the system from “0” to “9”.
The first six digits of the personal code allocated by 30 June 2017 indicate the date of birth of the person (ddmmgg – date, month, year) and the seventh digit (after hyphening) indicate the century where the number “0” is 19 th century, the number “1” – 20 th century, the number “2” – 21 st century.
The personal code beginning with “32” shall be unchanged except when the person is adopted.
The person to whom the personal identity number is allocated by 30 June 2017 and contains the date of birth starting on 1 July 2017 shall be entitled to change the personal identity code once to a person who does not indicate the date of birth and starts with the digits “32”.
The personal identity code, which refers to the date of birth, may be changed once throughout the person's life.
!! It is not possible to choose a digital combination for the personal code because the General automatically generates it once!
To change the personal code, you must personally contact anyone Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs Chapter or diplomatic or consular post of the Republic of Latvia foreign representation.
Present a valid identity document – passport or identity card (eID) and provide appropriate content application.
If, after changing the personal identity number, the child (up to 15 years) will receive a personal identification document for the first time, the legal representative shall also present the birth certificate of the child.
The Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs shall issue a statement regarding the change of personal code free of charge to all persons who have changed their personal identity code.
If the attestation has been sworn by the person, the person may request a statement from the Reviser of Natural Persons regarding the change in the personal code for which the State fee is payable.
The change of the personal code shall be free of charge.
The acknowledgement of changing the personal code issued by changing the personal code shall be free of charge.
The receipt of a new identity document (passport and/or identity card) must be paid the State fee.
After changing the personal code, a personal identification document (passport and/or identity card) is invalid for use.
It is the duty of a person (from 15 years of age) to submit documents within 30 days for the receipt of a new personal identification document (passport and/or identity card) for which the State fee is payable.
If the personal identity code is changed for a minor child and a child with a personal identity number is entered in his or her parents' passport, parents will be required to receive a new passport containing up-to-date information about the child if the parents want to travel with that child or, for example, to present a passport with a child's entry in another institution. The State fee shall be payable for the receipt of a new passport.
The person should also change other personalised documents indicating the personal identity code assigned to the person in the Republic of Latvia (e.g. driving licence, student, disabled or pensioner certificate, electronic signature, etc.). If these documents are issued or changed by the issuing authority for a fee, the change in the personal code shall not be the reason for the person to be released from payment for the receipt of a new document.
The educational documents issued to the person (diplomas, certificates) need not be changed.
Citizens over the age of 15 have the possibility to change their name if:
If one or both of the parents of a minor has been convicted of committing an intentional, serious or particularly serious crime, the given name and surname may also be changed before the achievement of 15 years.
The nationality record can be changed once to the nationality of parents and grandparents. If the nationality record has been changed before reaching the age, the nationality record may be changed once after reaching the age.
In submitting an application for
change, the person must present a valid identity document. An application may be submitted to the local government's family list department or the nearest Republic of Latvia diplomatic or consular missions. If the given name, surname or nationality record is changed by a minor, the consent of the parents shall be required. A decision on the change or refusal of an entry will be sent to the address indicated in the application.
The State fee shall be payable for the change of the name, surname or nationality record. A minor whose one or both parents have been convicted of committing an intentional, serious or particularly serious crime shall not be required to pay the State fee.
In order to receive a new personal identification document, the decision regarding the authorisation to change the given name, surname or nationality record must be submitted to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs within 30 days.
For receipt of a new document - passport or ID card - the payment shall be applied according to the specified price list.
Information on personal data can be obtained by using e-service in the National System of Natural Persons My Data in the Register of Natural Persons.
E-service "Eligibility of personal codes for one person"can check whether the two personal codes specified by the service user in Latvia correspond to one person
Additional information on changing the personal code is available on the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs website
The name, surname and nationality record change law.
The Law of the Register of Natural Persons.
The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (OCMA)
Birth, death and marriage certificates
My data in state registers
When authenticating, I agree and undertake to comply with the rules for the use of the electronic identification solution.
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