Welcome to Dutch Name Change, a website dedicated to legally changing your name in The Netherlands, so you can be who you are now.

There may be many reasons why you no longer identify with your birth name. Personal growth can mean that it is time for permanent change. We are here to help you do this!

The law of your nationality is always applicable to your name change. Therefore, the information available on this website is only applicable if you have Dutch nationality. Dutch Name Change aims to inform you how to change either your first name(s) or your surname according to Dutch law.

In addition, this website aims to tackle the most common issues and red tape you may encounter along the way. 

Name change in The Netherlands

Dutch name change

Generally speaking, Dutch law is incredibly inflexible when it comes to changing or registering names; especially with regards to surnames (aka family names). The default for the Dutch authorities is that only the exact name on your birth certificate can be registered in the public register. Changing your name therefore means changing your birth certificate.

As information on name change in The Netherlands is not always available in English or even in one easily accessible place on the internet, we have brought everything you need to know together on this website.

If you are not Dutch, but have an issue with the use or registration of your name in the Netherlands, you are very welcome to contact us as well. We can help you with any specific questions you may have.

Please feel free to browse our website. If you have any questions or feedback for us, you are very welcome to contact us!

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