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Driver's license issue new due to name change

Although there is no legal regulation that says that the driver's license must be changed after you have adopted a new surname by marriage or other reasons. However, if it is not apparent in the identity card that the holder of the driving licence has once used the name on the driving licence, a change is urgently advised. The same applies to a change of first name, date of birth or place of birth. A change of address is not entered in the driver's license and is therefore not to be reported.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district and the independent city in which you have your residence.

Which documents are required?

  • Identity card or passport with current confirmation of registration
  • previous driver's license
  • Current biometrics-compatible photograph, in passport format (45 x 35 mm) in portrait format, frontal shot without border, without headgear and without covering the eyes
  • in case of name change due to marriage: additionally certified copy of the marriage certificate, if the name has not yet been changed in the identity card
  • in case of name change due to divorce: additional name change certificate from the registry office, if the name has not yet been changed in the identity card
  • in addition, a copy of the index card (list of the current driving licence data), if the driving licence was issued before 1.1.1999. This can usually be requested by telephone from the competent authority that issued the driving licence.

What are the fees?

Fee: 13,80 - 29,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The exhibition usually lasts about two weeks.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)