Passport, registration of a religious or artist name

  • Since November 1st, 2010, names of orders and artists can be entered in the identity card / passport again. In the period from November 1st, 2007 to November 1st, 2010 the entry was not possible. The name of the order or artist must be proven.
  • For people over 24 years of age, the passport is valid for 10 years. It is valid for 6 years for people under the age of 24.
  • 1 recent biometrically readable passport photo (35x45 mm without border, background light and monochrome. Sample - see link Federal Ministry of the Interior).
  • passport
  • Proof of the authority for interior and sports - office for migration - about the right to use a religious or artist name (see link)
  • When registering a doctoral title - proof of the doctoral title (certificate of ownership from the university/college or award certificate)


Religious or pseudonymous name on identity card, passport or population register, otherwise certificate from the Ministry of the Interior and Sport, Office for Migration.


The entry of a religious or artist name or a doctorate is always associated with the reissue of a passport.

The doctorate can be entered as the only academic degree in official documents.

Section 6 (1) Passport Act (PassG), Sections 1 and 15 Passport Ordinance (PassV)

Related Links

  • Office for migration
  • Passport, authorization to use a religious or artist name
  • Make an appointment online, all customer centers
  • Customer centers Hamburg - overview
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior - Information on the new German passport from 01.03.2017

Personal application required. The application will be forwarded to Bundesdruckerei for further processing.

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