Before applying for a German passport, it must be resolved which surname you bear with regard to German law. If you have a German birth certificate, the surname is usually determined. If you only have a foreign birth certificate, the name entered therein is not always acknowledged under German law.
It is possible that, according to the German law, no surname is stipulated and must first be declared. It may also be, that a surname is fixed under German law, but does not match the name entered on the foreign birth certificate. Then, under certain circumstances, a name change may be possible under German law. This also requires a separate declaration
You will find information on common constellations below.
You got married outside of Germany and would like to use your new name in your German passport? Before you can apply for a new passport with your new name, you must first submit a name declaration.
Would you like to take your birth name again after your divorce? Before you can apply for a new passport with your new name, you must first submit a name declaration.
A German child born abroad does not necessarily obtain the family name that is indicated in the Namibian birth certificate.
If you are of legal age and only now apply for your first German passport, your name may not yet be determined under German law. Then you may have to make a name declaration.