My question involves name change laws in the State of: New York
I was born in a foreign country and am now an American citizen. I am looking to shorten my name as it is too long and I only use my shortened name. I read that I need my birth certificate to go through with the name change; however, my birth certificate is entirely in a foreign language. My birth name is clearly visible (the alphabet is the same so it's the same letter for letter), but the rest of the text is in a foreign language.
I was told by some that I may need to get it officially translated in order to do this, is that correct? If so, where do I go about in getting it translated?
Also, is it in any way possible to just bring my passport from my birth country and use that as a supplement to the birth certificate, or is that the ONLY thing they will accept?
Thanks ahead of time.