You can apply for a name change that will take place at your wedding. Please note, however, that a name change in Denmark is only possible if the applicant lives in Denmark.
If you apply at least 14 days before the wedding, your name will be valid from the date of your wedding if the name is approved. If you apply after your wedding, your name will be valid from the date of approval.
The processing of a name change takes place at your local registrar, or at the Agency of Family Law depending on the complexity of your name change. Please make sure to enclose any relevant documentation when you apply.
Please note: You can only get a name with the letters (A-Å) in your name, as well as certain allowed special characters supported by the Danish CPR system.
It there an administration fee for name changes at your wedding?
According to the guidance on names (in Danish: “Vejledning om navne”), a name change that takes place at your wedding is exempt from fees if the following two requirements are met:
- If you apply within three months after the wedding
- If you apply for a middle- or surname in form of a family name that you will get in common with your future spouse.
If you do not choose a shared name, the change of name is not free of charge.
You do not need to choose the same place for your new shared name as your spouse. You might choose the shared name as a middle name and your spouse as a surname.
One or two applications?
If you both want to change your names, you must complete an application each.
Remember to co-sign the application of your future spouse if you apply for each other's names.
Naming rules in Denmark
Naming rules in Denmark are set out in the act "Navneloven" and the following rules:
> Find reference to the act “Navneloven” (In Danish only)
> Find reference to the statutory order on names “Bekendtgørelse af navne” (in Danish only)
> Find reference to the guidance “vejledning om navne” (in Danish only)