You have to show us documents that prove you’re a Belizean citizen. the documents we require depend on whether you were:
- born in Belize
- born overseas
Born in Belize
If you were born in Belize, you have to show us your Belize birth certificate issued by the Vital Statistics Unit.
If you were born outside Belize, you have to show us a Belizean citizenship certificate in your name.
What counts as a citizenship certificate?
- Citizenship by Descent
- Citizenship by Registration
If you were born overseas and your Belize nationality certificate doesn’t show your gender and place of birth, then you need to prove your gender and place of birth by showing us either:
- your foreign birth certificate, or
- a foreign passport.
If the applicant is a child, you always need to show us the foreign birth certificate with details of the child’s parents.
If these documents are in a different name to the name on your (or the child’s) Belize nationality certificate, you need to show us documents that link the two names.
You need to provide a photo identification. This may be in the form of
- Belize social security card
- Belize voter registration card
- Passport from any country
The name in your passport will be the name on your Belize birth certificate or Belizean Nationality Certificate, or mort recent Belize passport issued after 1 February 2020, unless you can provide the documents we require to accept a different name.
How do I get a passport in my new name?
To get a passport in your new name, you’ll need to show us documents that prove your citizenship and your identity, including documents that link your new name to your old name.
What name change documents do I need?
If you’ve changed your name, you have to show us documents that link your current name to the name on your Belize birth certificate or Belizean nationality certificate.
The particular documents you need will depend on whether you changed your name because of:
- a change to your marital status (including marriage, divorce, or the death of a spouse), and/or
- personal preference.
If you’ve changed your name more than once, you’ll need to document all the name changes that directly link your current name to the name on your Belize birth certificate or Belize nationality certificate.
Mandatory documents that link your names for married, divorced or widowed women
If you’ve taken your spouse family name, or added it to your own family name, you can generally link your names by showing us:
- your Belize birth certificate or Belizean citizenship certificate, and
- a marriage, or deed poll certificate issued by the Vital Statistics Unit
We don’t require a separate name change certificate if your name change is registered in an amended Belize birth certificate or Belizean nationality certificate.
You get a a change of name on your passport, if you can prove that your name change is related to a change in your marital status by providing:
- a divorce order
- evidence of the death of your spouse – death certificate.
Name change because of personal preference
If you’ve changed your name because of personal preference, you’ll need to show us a name change certificate (Deed Poll) issued by the Vital Statistics Unit in Belize.
The Official Language is ENGLISH and all documents submitted must either be in English or be accompanied by a certified English translation of that document.
The whole document needs to be translated we don’t accept partial translations.