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.
When married before 1st of April 2013 an Austrian woman automatically gains her husband's surname if not stipulated otherwise before their marriage.
When married on or after 1st of April 2013 an Austrian woman keeps her own surname if not stipulated otherwise before their marriage.
Change of name after divorce (former surname):
Austrian citizens keep their married surname after the divorce.
If an Austrian citizen wants to change her/his surname she/he has to apply for a change of name. The process can take up to four months! Please be aware that applications for a change of name can only be submitted in person!
Please contact the Austrian Embassy London for further details by e-mail: london-ob(at)bmeia.gv.at.