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Name change

Where to apply

An official name change must be obtained in the country of residence. In Australia and New Zealand you can apply for a name change through a Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

A link to registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia can be found here.

A link to registries of Births, Death and Marriages in New Zealand can be found here.

In certain cases the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages may not be able to issue a name change certificate. In that case the name change should be obtained in Denmark though the parish that your last residential address in Denmark belonged to. You can find the parish here.

We highly recommend that the CPR-register in Denmark is notified of the name change as it will affect for example future passport applications.
Only you can request this update to the CPR-register. As far as the Embassy is informed this should be done through the municipality in which you last resided in Denmark. Please be aware that the procedure could vary from one municipality to another.

CPR-register and passport

In order to have your name change recorded in the CPR-register or in your Danish passport, an official name change certificate is required either from the local Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages or from Denmark.
Important: According to Danish law a marriage certificate from Australia or New Zealand is NOT accepted as documentation of a name change, as it does not record if any of the married parties have changed their names after the marriage. (You may have to inform the local Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages of this when you apply for an official name change certificate on the basis of marriage where the marriage certificate has already been issued).

If a name change or marriage has been performed in Denmark and is already recorded in the CPR-register, the first time you apply for a passport in the new name, an official Danish marriage certificate or name change certificate is required.

PLEASE NOTE: A name change in a new passport is not automatically reflected in the CPR-register. It is your responsibility to notify the CPR-register as per the above.

The rules are in place to prevent double identities and minimize the risk of identity theft.

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