Request a change in the use of your surname

You are registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) under the name given to you at birth. Sometimes your civil status will change. For example, when you get married or divorced or you enter a registered partnership. You can then choose how you would like to be addressed by indicating your new surname or a combination of surnames. Government agencies which get their information from the BRP will then address you with the name you have chosen.

You can request a change in the use of your surname 2 weeks after the change in your civil status.

Needed for your request

  • at the counter: your valid form of identification
  • in writing: a copy of your valid form of identification

You need to be registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) of the Municipality of The Hague.

You were married outside the Netherlands

Were you married abroad? And do you have a foreign passport with your new surname? Make an appointment to change your personal data in the BRP. Take your foreign marriage certificate and foreign passport with you to the appointment.

    What name can you choose?

      • You can use the surname of your partner.
      • You can choose a combination of both surnames. You can determine the order of the names yourself.
      • You can use your own birth name.

      Your own birth name will always remain in your passport, identity card or driving licence. Even if your marital status changes. You can have your partner’s surname stated on these documents.

      A request for a change in the use of your surname in the BRP is different from legally changing your family name. More information can be found under Changing your name.

      Fees

      None.

      How long does it take?

      • online: 5 working days
      • at the counter: immediately
      • in writing: 10 working days

      Apply

      Online

      Request a change in the use of your surname online.

      In person

      You can also go to a Department of Public Service counter at City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office. Make an appointment to request a change in the use of your surname. This way you will avoid a long queue at City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office.

      Make an appointment

      By post

      You can also request a change in the use of your surname in writing. Send a signed letter to the Department of Public Service.

      Good to know

      You can make a safe copy of your identity document with your mobile telephone or tablet using the KopieID app. Read more on the website of the Dutch government.