I work for a company in the Netherlands and someone who wants to fill in our job application form tells us he cannot do so because according to him, he does not have a first name. This makes things hard because we require people to fill in the form to apply for a job and once that person visits us, we check their passport or id card to verify both first name and surname. The person seems to be convinced that he does not have a first name and does have a Belgian ID card but logically without the first name printed on it. Is it actually possible having a Belgian ID card but not having a first name? Is it possible not having it printed on the ID Card?

  • Very many people have only 1 name, and get passports (Teller being the most famous). Indonesian presidents Sukarno and Suharto had 1 name. So it's hard to imagine that Belgium is unaware of this practice. – user6726 Jan 13 '18 at 1:01
  • Yes! Some people do not have even have names at all but this has nothing to do with my question. – Daan Jan 13 '18 at 1:06
  • Well, "The Artist" did at least have a referential graphic, but that was not his legal name. The point is that single name is wide-spread. Whether you call that a first name or second name is immaterial. – user6726 Jan 13 '18 at 1:34
  • I know it is wide spread just like not having a name at all. Your point is correct but had nothing to do with my question. – Daan Jan 13 '18 at 1:41
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    When, for example, a cop stops someone who has no known first name, there is a code that they put into a database (e.g. NFN for "no first name" or NA for "not applicable"). One could do that in an application as well. – ohwilleke Jan 13 '18 at 2:30

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