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Austria - Change Your Name (Deed Poll)

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Procedure[edit]

  • Obtain all necessary documents in applying for the change of name.
  • Submit your application along with all other requirements.
  • Once the new name or surname is accepted, you may proceed in registering your new name.

Name Change of adults

Name Change of minors

Change of name in connection with a marriage

Name change after termination of the marriage


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Required Documents[edit]

  • Filled in application form or an informal written request
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate (s) / partnership certificate (s)
  • Divorce / dissolution decision (s) with legal force confirmation
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Official photo identification


Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Vienna Registry Offices
20, Dresdner Strae 93
Phone: +43 1 4000-35089
Fax: +43 1 4000-99-35070
E-mail: post-stb@ma35.wien.gv.at
Registry Offices in Austria in the Major Capital Cities


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Eligibility[edit]

  • Austrian citizens / Austrian citizens,
  • Stateless persons or persons of unknown nationality ordinarily resident in Austria and
  • Refugees under the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees residing or ordinarily resident in Austria have the right to amend the Family and first name.


Fees[edit]

If a reason:

For the application: 14,30

In addition, may apply in varying amounts not yet billed-for supplements for application fees; the charging of marriage as a supplement amounts, for example, to 3.90 euros


In the absence of a reason ("Desired Name"):

For the application: 14,30

In addition, may apply in varying amounts not yet billed-for supplements for application fees; the charging of marriage as a supplement amounts, for example, to 3.90 euros

For the grant total: 545.60 ( 382.60 Federal fee and 163 Euro Federal administrative fee)

When returning to the original German form of the name - if the person has already led this name - total: 437.10 ( 382.60 54.50 fee and federal federal administrative fee)


Validity[edit]

Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever



Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Please explain processing time taken in obtaining the document/certificate.



Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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Instructions[edit]

Changing name can be done at the district administrative authority of residence or of habitual residence, or the last place of residence or habitual residence in Austria:

  • The district administration
  • In Statutarstdten: Municipal
  • In Vienna: Municipal Department 26 (also for those who never had a resident or ordinarily resident in Austria)

For foreign nationals, the change of name governed by the law of their home state. In Austria, the name changes can only be performed if the foreign national is stateless, the nationality is unknown, and the people have to habitual residence in Austria or refugees under the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees resident or ordinarily resident in Austria.


Required Information[edit]

  • Family Name / Surname
  • First name (s)
  • Residential address
  • Date and place of birth
  • Nationality (or statelessness unresolved citizenship, refugee status) of the applicant / the applicant
  • The reasons why the change of the family name / surname or the first name is requested
  • Surname / Last Name and / or first name (s), his or their approval is sought, where appropriate, first name (s) of or to be abolished (s) or their order is to be changed
  • Signature of the applicant / the applicant or the legal guardian / legal representative, if the applicant / the applicant is restricted in his / her legal capacity



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Need for the Document[edit]

If you are using, or wish to use, a name other than your registered name, there is no legal requirement that you formally change your name. It is, however, recommended that you change your name officially, both for identification and as evidence of your name change.

Name change generally refers to the legal act by a person of adopting a name different from their name at birth, marriage or adoption. The procedures and ease of a name change vary between jurisdictions.



Information which might help[edit]

Legal reasons for a change of the first name

For the change of the first name of one of the enumerated here statutory reasons must be:

  • The former first name seems ridiculous or offensive
  • The former first name is hard to pronounce or hard to write
  • The applicant / the applicant is of foreign origin and want a first name, the / facilitates the classification of their domestic him
  • This request for the name change must be lodged within two years after the acquisition of Austrian citizenship
  • The applicant / applicant plans a first name, she / he has not resulted in good faith, being entitled to do
  • The applicant / applicant plans a first name, she / he has done earlier law
  • The first and last name and the date of birth of the applicant / the applicant agree with the corresponding data of another person so agree that there may be confusion
  • The applicant / applicants who / which has another nationality than the Austrian citizenship, wants a first name, she / he already leads lawful for another personal status, if target the name change is to perform the same name after the two home rights.
  • The applicant / the applicant can demonstrate that the change of first name is necessary to avoid unreasonable disadvantages in economic terms or in his / her social relationships and that these disadvantages cannot be prevented by other means
  • The applicant / the applicant wishes for other reasons a different name ("Desired Name")
  • The underage adopted child should receive a different name or other names were given as him at birth
  • This request for the name change must be lodged within two years after adoption, or the acquisition of Austrian citizenship
  • The applicant / applicant plans to get a standing in a special relationship with the religious community nunmehrigen name or drop a standing in a special relationship with the former religious community name after changing his / her religious affiliation
  • This application must be lodged within two years after the change of religion
  • The first name does not match the gender of the applicant / the applicant



Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

You may want to change your name because:

  • You have just gotten married
  • You have divorced
  • You just want a change


External Links[edit]

Change of Name

Government of Austria: Ministries

Federal Ministry of the Interior

Name Change



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Others[edit]

Reasons for the rejection of the name change request

A name change will not be granted if

  • the change of surname would allow circumvention of the laws,
  • the name or family name requested is not in use ridiculous, offensive or identifying persons in Germany,
  • the family name is applied lawfully operated by another person, which plays a legitimate interest in excluding the applicant / the applicant of the leadership of the same family name (with exceptions provided by law),
  • the family requested is composed of several names (with exceptions provided by law),
  • would lead the requested amendment of the first or family name to avoid any confusion ability with another person enters,
  • the proposed amendment of the first or family name to the welfare of a subject are not intrinsically beneficial owner thereof is detrimental,
  • the first name requested is not in use or first name of the sex of the applicant / the applicant does not comply,
  • the applicant / applicant of the change of first name or family requested that she / he has received through a name change due to / himself asked her claim within the last ten years (with exceptions provided by law).