Name Format Rules & Examples

Sequence/Order

It's important to enter your name in the correct order.

Special Characters

Special characters must be converted to English characters (examples: Ü, Æ, Ö, Ă). View Letter Conversions

Spacing

Be sure to leave spaces between your names, if listed on the passport.

Name Prefixes/Sufixes

Do NOT list name suffixes (JR/SR/III) or Name Prefixes (MS/MR/MISS)

Apostrophes (')

  • O'Reily can be listed as O'Reily or OReily.
  • Exclude apostrophes if they appear at beginning of name.

Include all Hyphens (-)

  • Example: 'Anne-Marie' should include hyphen.

Click a tab below to see specific examples:

Indian Names

Do NOT include:

  • S/O (son of)
  • D/O (daughter of)
  • A/L or AL (anak lelaki)
  • A/P or AP (anak perempuan)
  • A/K or AK (anak kepada)
  • W/O

Family/Given Names

  • Given names are names appearing before S/O, D/O, A/L, A/P, A/K and W/O.
  • Family name are names appearing after S/O, D/O, A/L, A/P, A/K and W/O.

Examples:

  • K SUGUMARAN S/O KOLANTHAN

    Family Name: KOLANTHAN
    Given Name(s):K SUGUMARAN

  • GURDIP KAUR GILL D/O BALWANT SINGH

    Family Name: BALWANT SINGH
    Given Name(s):GURDIP KAUR GILL

  • GURDIP KAUR

    Family Name: KAUR
    Given Name(s):GURDIP

Malay/Muslim Names

Do NOT include:

  • Bin
  • Bte
  • Binte
  • Bt
  • B.
  • YB
  • Y.BHG.
  • Tunku
  • Haji
  • HJ
  • Hajjah
  • Y.A.M.
  • Y.M.
  • Tan Sri
  • Ungku
  • Pengiran

Examples:

  • Name change after marriage where you have adopted your spouse's full name

    MRS ABRAHAM ELIAS NEE REUBEN YAHYA MATILDA

    Family Name: REUBEN
    Given Name(s):YAHYA MATILDA

  • AHMAD BIN HAJI ABDUL MANAN

    Family Name: ABDUL MANAN
    Given Name(s):AHMAD KAUR GILL

  • UNGKU ZARINA BTE UNGKU ZAINAL ABIDIN

    Family Name: ZAINAL ABIDIN
    Given Name(s):ZARINA

Chinese Names

Format Rules:

  • If you have a Western style name appearing first in your passport, then the Western style name should be input first in the given names field (see example below).

  • Do not input alias names, Hanyu Pinyin or names in brackets (see examples below).

Examples:

  • Western Style Name

    LILIAN TAN SU LIN

    Family Name: TAN
    Given Name(s):LILIAN SU LIN

  • Alias Name

    MR TOCK PENG POEY @ MUHAMMAD ALI

    Family Name: TOCK
    Given Name(s):PENG POEY

  • Name in Brackets

    WILLIAM HO CHEE CHAN (WILLIAM HE JIZAN)

    Family Name: HO
    Given Name(s):WILLIAM CHEE CHAN

  • TANG CHOON KOON NEE CHIA POH KIM

    Family Name: CHIA
    Given Name(s):POH KIM

Western Names

Format Rules:

  • Do not include titles such as Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms.

  • Do not include descriptions such as Jr, Junior, Senior, II, III, IV

  • Enter whole names only

  • If your name in your passport has non-standard English characters in it such as Umlauts (Ü - letters with dots above them) or diacritic markings (Ó - letters with accents above them), use the English spelling of your name in the Machine Readable Zone of your passport (see example above).

Examples:

  • Titles

    MR CHARLES TOLES JR

    Family Name: TOLES
    Given Name(s):CHARLES

  • Descriptions

    MR CHARLES TOLES III

    Family Name: TOLES
    Given Name(s):CHARLES