The name of a German national does not change automatically by divorce or death of a spouse. However, 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.
In order to make a name declaration, please book an appointment on our website for a name declaration. On our website you can also find general information about the name declaration procedure. You must be present in person, since your signature has to be certified in order for the name declaration to become valid.
If your marriage was not divorced in Germany or a member state of the European Union, you will have to apply for recognition of divorce before you can change your name.
You can also use this form if you wish to add the spouse's name, which did not become the married name, to your married Name, or to withdraw it.
Documents required (original documents):
- Completed name declaration form (please fill in legibly with a computer or block letters and do not sign the declaration yet
- Your valid passports or German identity card (Personalausweis)
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate (official document issued e.g. by Births, Deaths and Marriages, not Celebrant's certificate)
- Proof that you bear a so called “married name” (Ehename) according to German law (name certificate from the German Registry Office, excerpt from the family book / Marriage Register or German marriage certificate)
- Divorce certificate/ order or death certificate of former spouse
- Important for Australian divorce orders: if you received the order only as a pdf-document per email and do not have the original (with original seal and signature of Judge), you will have to get an Apostille
- Important for EU-divorces (except divorces in Denmark) after the 1 March 2003: Please provide a Certificate referred to in Article 39 (Annex I) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003 concerning judgements in matrimonial matters issued by the Court where the marriage was dissolved
- Naturalisation certificate for naturalised German nationals or “Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis” (if applicable)
- proof of residence in Australia (e.g. Australian driver's licence)
- German deregistration certificate (Abmeldebescheinigung) from your last German place of residence or current registration certificate (Meldebescheinigung) from your most recent address in Germany
- Translations of foreign documents (usually not required for English or “international” documents, for example international birth certificates)
- Birth certificates for all your children
- In case of a marriage registered in Germany, an extract of the family register or the marriage register
Two different fees incur;
1) Fees to be paid at your appointment at the German mission in Australia for
- certifying your signature on the application form: 79,57 EUR
- making and certifying the copies to be sent to the Registry Office in Germany: on a case-by-case basis, if possible all documents will be certified together which will incur costs of 24,26 EUR (Embassy Canberra) / 24,83 EUR (Consulate General Sydney and Honorary Consuls).
Only at the German Embassy in Canberra, at the German Consulate General in Sydney, and at the office of the Honorary Consul in Adelaide can fees be paid either in cash (in Australian Dollars, please enquire the current fee at the Embassy/Consulate) or with credit card (Visa or MasterCard - transaction will be processed in Euro). Other payment methods (e.g. with smart watch, mobile phone) are not accepted.
At the other offices of the Honorary Consuls fees can only be paid in cash (in Australian Dollars at the current exchange rate of the German Missions).
2) Fees charged by the Registry Office in Germany for processing your application (usually between 20 and 45 EUR) and issueing a name certificate (usually between 10 and 15 EUR). These fees are to be paid directly to the Registry Office per bank transfer, they cannot be paid to the Consulates in Australia. Once your application is processed in Germany, you will receive an email with payment details.
Application form and data protection information
Please fill in legibly with a computer or block letters and do not sign yet