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Japan to allow printing of maiden name on driver's license

JIJI

The National Police Agency said Thursday it will allow people to print their maiden name alongside their married name on driver’s licenses starting Sunday.

The move is in line with a similar measure taken for the My Number social security and tax identification card.

People can have their maiden name in parentheses printed next to their married name on new or updated licenses upon request.

An additional fee of ¥2,250 will be charged to immediately have a new license printed with both names.

For those wishing to put their maiden name on the license they currently hold, it will be added in the remarks column on the back of the license.

To apply, a residence certificate or My Number card printed with the maiden name will be necessary.