Name declaration and name change

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Before a German passport can be issued, the name of a person according to German law must be checked. If a name is listed on a German birth certificate, there are usually no issues. Many times, a birth name according to German law is not automatically the name that is listed on the non-German birth certificate. In such cases, a person might not have a last name yet according to German law and has to declare a name first. Another possibility is that the name in non-German documents is different from the one according German law. Sometimes, a name change according to German law is possible which is done by a separate name declaration.

A name declaration is also needed if a person wants to take on a new family name after marriage or give up a previous family name after a divorce.

Any name changes done by Canadian authorities are not valid for the use in Germany for German citizens and have to be re-done in front of a German authority.

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Disclaimer

This page provides information for most routine cases presented to the German Missions in Canada. Due to the complexity of the German name law and the multitude of conceivable case scenarios each individual case may have to be treated differently. This information is therefore meant only as an orientation and neither substitutes legal advice based on a detailed case nor does it foreclose the decision of the registrar, which remains reserved in all cases. Should your case not be covered, please contact the competent German mission.

Please be advised that any name declarations only refer to a person’s last name. The first name of a person, unless in exceptional cases, is determined with the birth registration abroad by the parents.

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General Information

Here you can find information regarding processing times, fees, etc.

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Name declaration for children under 18

A German child born abroad does not necessarily obtain the last name that is indicated in the foreign (e.g. Canadian) birth certificate.

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Name declaration for children 18 and older

You were born on or after September 01st, 1986, your parents were married at the time of your birth, and they have always had different names?

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Declaration of consent to an acknowledgement of paternity

If the parents of a child are not married at the moment of the child’s birth, the paternity of the child’s father can only be established by the acknowledgment of paternity.

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Birth registration

Parents of a German child born abroad are not legally required to register the birth in Germany. A German birth certificate is not necessary for a passport application and is also no proof of German citizenship.

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Name change after marriage

You were married outside of Germany and would like to change your name after marriage? To change your name according to German law, a name declaration is required. You can apply for a new passport under the married name only after you have received the name certificate stating your new name.

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Name change after divorce

You have a name from a former marriage, are divorced by now, and would like to go back to your maiden name or the name you carried before your marriage? In order to change your name, you have to give a name declaration in accordance with German law.

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Die folgenden Hinweise zur Namensführung nach deutschem Recht beziehen sich auf die häufigsten Routinefälle. Aufgrund der Komplexität des deutschen Namensrechts und der Vielfalt an möglichen Sachverhalten sind im Einzelfall Abweichungen möglich. Die Hinweise dienen lediglich zu Ihrer Orientierung und ersetzen nicht die individuelle Beratung. Die Auslandsvertretungen weisen außerdem darauf hin, dass die abschließende Entscheidung über Namenserklärungen im dafür zuständigen deutschen Standesamtes gefällt wird. Sollte Ihr Fall in den folgenden Hinweisen nicht abgedeckt sein, wenden Sie sich bitte an Ihre zuständige Vertretung.

Bitte nehmen Sie zur Kenntnis, dass sämtliche Namenserklärungen sich nur auf den Nachnamen einer Person erstrecken. Die Vornamen einer Person werden bei Registrierung der Geburt in Deutschland oder im Ausland durch die Eltern festgelegt.