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Driver's license issue new due to name change

It is true that there is no legal regulation that the driving licence must be changed after a new surname has been adopted by marriage or other reasons. However, if it is not apparent in the identity card that the driver's licence holder once kept the name on the driving licence, a change is strongly 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 driving licence and is therefore not to be reported.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the county and the county-free city in which you reside.

Which documents are required?

  • Identity card or passport with current confirmation of registration
  • previous driving licence
  • current biometric-compatible photo, in passport format (45 x 35 mm) in portrait format, frontal shot without edge, without headgear and without covering the eyes
  • in case of name change by 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 by divorce: additional name change certificate from the registry office, if the name has not yet been changed in the identity card
  • additional, if necessary, a index card copy. A index card copy (list of the current driving licence data) can usually be requested by telephone from the competent authority which 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.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economy, Labour and Transport

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Straßenverkehr

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes


Point of contact:
Silvia Distler
Telephone: 05931 44-2133
B 133
responsible for:
Jan-Marco Diers
Telephone: 05931 44-1147
B 147
responsible for:
Lara Wilmes
Telephone: 05931 44-2147
B 147
responsible for:
Tobias Schütte
Telephone: 05931 44-1133
B 133
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

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

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.