I suppose in a way I kind of object to the deed poll idea, I want to use the Irish form of my name, its not a different name per se, it's just the Irish spelling of it. I know the deed poll would be the easiest way to do it but I feel I shouldn't have too as its the same name.
Its not like I want to change my name to "His Royal Highness Emperor Horatio Bumfluff McDanger the fifth" or anything off the wall. I just want to use the Irish language spelling of my name in Ireland where Gaeilge is supposed to our national and first language (in law if not in practicality)
In order to get your driving licence changed for example you can get it switched to the Irish spelling by providing two official documents using the Irish spelling and a photo id.
"Change of name using the Irish version of name: You must submit 2 pieces of evidence of usage of the new name, for example, a utility bill, correspondence with a government body or a payslip."
So far I've been able to change the following things.
Car registration certificate (and associated motor tax)
Dublin Bike card
Personalised leap card
I've also in correspondence with An Coimisinéir Teanga regarding how the language act effects official bodies.
I think I will probably be able to get enough stuff switched over to force them to update driving licence which can then be used to update enough things like bank accounts which will be proof for passport.
In some ways its farcical what will count as evidence. For example a letter from Wexford county council libraries section about a late book counted as proof to get my dublin library card changed over.
Back to the driving licence the accepted requirements on the NDLS page are as follows
- Current irish travel document - Got it. leap card
Evidence of residency
- passport- got it just not in Irish. Should be enough as its being used to show im Irish not to show name
Evidence of PPS
- EHIC Card- Got it in Irish.
Evidence of address
- Other official correspondence from an Irish state agency e.g. government departments; HSE; Register of Electors/polling card; CAO; Susi; An Garda Síochána; Public / Private hospitals, Private Residential Tenancies Board or third level college, Secondary school /training agency, NCT Reports or reminders,An Post, TV Licence - I have letters from County Council and from An Coimisinéir Teanga. If I was so inclined I could also get TV licence updated or I could get something from NCT as my registration details are updated.