Change of Name


How can I apply for a name change?

You can only apply in person, mailed-in applications will be sent back without consideration. Both parents have to apply to have a minor's name changed. You may apply at the representation in whose consular district you reside or during an extramural consular day.

 

How much is the fee for a name change?

A list of all consular fees is available here. All consular fees are payable only by debit or credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover).

 

How can I change my birth name?

The change of a birth family and/or given name(s) of a Hungarian citizen is subject to the approval of the Minister of Interior.

 

The change of a family name of a parent affects all minor children with the same family name, unless explicitly asked otherwise. If the spouse has a married name that includes the family name the change is requested for, the change will affect the married name too. Both parents shall consent to the change of the name of a minor, unless one of the parents does not have parental custody. If your child is grown-up, he or she should apply for a name change in his or her own right. 

The civil registrar can once change the given name(s) of the child upon the request of both parents. It is also the civil registrar who is responsible if the request is for changing the order or given names or abandoning one of the given names.

 

How can I change my married name/get my maiden name back?

A Hungarian citizen can have his or her married name changed during the marriage or after the marriage is dissolved, even on multiple occasions.

 

What documents should I submit with the application?

  • Your original birth certificate (and marriage certificate, if applicable). You will be issued new certificates after your change of name is registered.
  • Please also bring your Hungarian documents (passport, ID card, address card). We will make copies of these and give them back to you.

 

Can I apply for a passport with my new name at the same time?

Yes, you may submit an application for a new passport reflecting your new name, however, it will not be issued until the change is registered.

 

How can I schedule an appointment?

You can ask an appointment directly through our Date Reservation System on the following website: https://ifr.mfa.gov.hu

Please note that you should reserve one slot per application submitted – for example, if you apply for a change of name and a passport at the same time, you should reserve 2 slots.

 

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