Change of Name
Austrian citizens are subject exclusively to Austrian legislation. British deed polls are not accepted. Citizens with dual nationality may have two different surnames due to diverging legislation.
An Austrian woman automatically gains her husband's surname if not stipulated otherwise before their marriage when married before the 1st of April 2013.
When married on or after the 1st of April 2013 an Austrian woman keeps her own surname. If an Austrian woman would like to have her husband's surname or a double-barrelled name she has to apply for it before applying for a new passport. Please contact the Austrian Embassy for further details by email london-ob(at)bmeia.gv.at.
Change of name after divorce (former surname)
After a divorce Austrian spouses do not automatically regain their former surnames. They retain their common married surname after the divorce. In order to apply for a former surname please contact the Embassy by email london-ob(at)bmeia.gv.at.
Legal grounds for changing names:
An Austrian citizen's first name and surname can only be changed by official letter from a competent Austrian authority, even if he/she has dual nationality.
First names (forenames) and surnames may only be justifiably changed for reasons due to adversary; specifically stipulated in the legislation.
Please be aware that applications for a change of name can only be submitted at this Embassy after having arranged a prior appointment at london-ob(at)bmeia.gv.at .
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate (if applicable)
- Divorce decree absolute (if applicable)