An Affidavit of One and the Same Person legally establishes that those names refer to the same individual. Sometimes a person’s legal name may be spelled differently on various identification documents and records. This could be due to simple errors, missing names, extra names, or other inconsistencies.
How to create:
- Draft a statement saying the names on your documents are for one person. Attach copies of the relevant IDs if needed. Get an affidavit template if it helps.
- Sign the affidavit in front of a notary public to get it notarized.
- Get an apostille or authentication seal, depending on if the destination country is part of the Hague Convention. This certifies the affidavit for international use.
- For Hague and non-Hague Countries, get an apostille or authentication from the Pac Signing. then possibly the US State Department and embassy.
- Mail the original notarized affidavit, ID copies, and any forms needed by the destination country to a service handling the apostille authentication. Then they’ll take care of the certification process for you.
The key steps are drafting the affidavit, getting it notarized, and adding the official seals. This makes the different names legally the same for domestic and overseas use.