Naming Law and Civil Status Certificates

Naming Law and Civil Status Certificates

Naming Law and Civil Status Certificates

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Information, Procedure, Appointment Booking

The regulations regarding naming and name changes are completely different in Germany and the United Kingdom. Here you can find information on the procedure, appointment booking and more.

Name Declarations

Baby

Name declaration for a child

The name of a German national is governed by German law, even if his or her name is shown differently on a foreign birth certificate.

Mariage

"Married name" declaration/ Name declaration for civil partners

The name of a German national does not change automatically by marriage. If no name declaration is made (e.g. if you got married in the UK) the name has not changed and each spouse still bears the same name as before the marriage.

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Name declaration after divorce or death of a spouse

The name of a German national does not change automatically by divorce or death of a spouse. After the divorce or death of a spouse, it is possible to change the name back to the maiden name or a previous married name by name declaration.

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Declaration of the Adaptation of a Name

Since 24 May 2007, naturalised Germans who acquired their name under foreign law and whose name is now subject to German law are able to adapt their name to German law.

Civil Status Certificates

Standesamt

Registration of a marriage

German law does not require the registration of a marriage concluded abroad of a German national at a German authority. However you can apply for a German marriage certificate if you wish.

Geburtsanzeige

Registration of a child’s birth

If your child is getting born in the United Kingdom you have to register the birth with the local register office. However you can apply for a German birth certificate for your child if you wish.

Appointment booking

Appointments can only be booked online via the site of the Federal Foreign Office. If you live in England (excluding England north of Scarborough), Wales or Northern Ireland, please make an appointment to do a Declaration of Adaptation of Name online via: 

appointment system London

If you live in Scotland or Northern England (north of Scarborough), please book an appointment online via:

appointment system Edinburgh

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