Changing your name after your wedding or civil partnership ceremony

Your marriage or civil partnership certificate may be the basis on which you choose to change your surname and may be used to do so legally.

Example 1:
Samantha Jones marries Kenneth Brown. Samantha Jones may wish to take her husband’s surname after the marriage.  Samantha Jones is then known as Samantha Brown.

Example 2:
George Matthews marries Kevin Baker. Kevin may wish to take his husband’s surname whilst also keeping his own. Kevin Baker is then known as Kevin Baker-Matthews.

If you choose to take all or part of your spouse or civil partner’s surname after the ceremony, you will need to present your marriage/civil partnership certificate to each institution (eg banks, employer etc).

To change your surname to your spouse or civil partner's surname (or to double-barrel your joint surnames) on your passport or driving licence you need to fill in the relevant forms requesting the change and present your marriage or civil partnership certificate.

Going on honeymoon using your new name

If you wish to travel on honeymoon under your new name, you can use our PD2 - ‘Passports for newlyweds and civil partners’ service to change your name on your passport.  The form must be signed by the registrar or minister responsible for conducting your ceremony.  You can apply for the new passport up to three months before your ceremony, but as you send your current passport with your application you’ll be unable to travel abroad until your wedding day.  Your new passport is postdated and only valid from the date of your ceremony.

If you plan to visit a country that requires you to obtain a visa before you fly, you should leave your name change until after your trip as countries will not issue visas to postdated passports. It is also essential your flights are booked under the exact same name that is to appear in your passport at the time of your departure.

If you are getting married at an approved venue or registration office in Norfolk the charge for the registrar completing form PD2 is £25.

  • Download, print and complete application form ‘Apply for a signed PD2’
  • Post the form supplying a phone number so that a member of the ceremony team can contact you to take payment over the phone
  • We will verify your booking, complete ‘Part 1’ of the PD2 form, and post it back to you within five days
  • Complete ‘Part 2’ of the PD2 form and attach it to your passport application 

If your ceremony is cancelled or postponed after completing a PD2 we are obliged to inform the passport office.