In France, the tradition is that the child bears his father’s surname. However, there are many reasons that can sometimes cause you to want to change your last name. In 2020, for example, more than 4,000 people applied. The good news is that from 1 July 2022 this procedure will be simplified. How to go further ? We make an inventory with you.
How to change last name?
Your last name is that of your father or mother and you are wondering if you can add/wear that of your other parent? The answer is yes. Until 1 July 2022, you had to systematically read a decision from the Ministry of Justice to change your surname. This then had to be justified, ie you had to justify your choice. A long, complex and restrictive procedure.
But that was before. If you are of legal age today and want to take or add your other parent’s name, all you need to do is: go to town hall your place of residence or place of birth, without formulating any justification† If you are a minor, your two parents’ consent to parental authority is required and your consent is required for those over the age of 13.
Please note that whether you are a minor or an adult, you are not free to adopt a surname, but only that of one or both parents, or reverse the order if this option has already been exercised at birth . It should be noted that this simplified procedure, introduced in the Civil Code by the law of March 2, 2022 regarding the choice of the name resulting from descent, is possible once in his life†
After your application you will have: a month of reflection† After this time, you will have to go to the town hall again to confirm your decision. Then, as before, your request must be validated by the Ministry of Justice.
This explanatory circular gives examples of different situations, as well as models of parental consent and consent forms for minors over the age of 13. To continue, we’ll explain how to change your signature.