Each of us makes some serious decisions in our lives. One of them is entering marriage. Get married? Marry? Why not. But prepare yourself for this step to change many documents. You will not avoid several meetings at the authorities. Don’t forget what?
Apart from all the matters that precede the wedding ceremony, you do not win even after the wedding. Many of us do not even realize where everywhere we need to report the change, how many institutions need to be known. In addition, women will have to exchange personal documents to change their surname.
Men can only exchange an ID card
Usually, a man retains his maiden name in the Czech Republic. In case a man has a new ID card with machine-readable data (note issued on January 1, 2012) or an e-citizen (issued from July 1, 2018), two situations may arise. He did not state the marital status of the application because this figure is optional. In this case, after the wedding, he/she can apply for a new identity card with the current status – married.
If a man decides to keep a personal identity card without marital status, he does not have to do anything at all, he remains the original document.
For older ID cards it is necessary to apply for a new one, in which case an e-citizen will be issued. In which case you can decide whether to state your marital status.
You must apply for a new identity card whenever other important information changes, such as a place of residence. In the case of passports and driving licenses, marital status is not stated, so men retain their original documents.
Women must always circulate the authorities. They must also report the change to other institutions
Women usually take the surname of their husband, so they have to spend much more time processing new documents. In addition, they must report the change of surname, for example, at work, bank, health insurance, doctor, telephone operator, business at the Trades Licensing Office and other institutions with which the woman is in contact.
The basic document is the identity card where the surname changes. You must request a new identity card within 15 business days of receiving your marriage certificate.
You must notify the change of driving license surname within five working days of the change occurring. You will pay 50 crowns for issuing a new driving license (note: the time limit for issuing within 20 days, within five working days 500 CZK). If a woman owns a motor vehicle, she must submit a request for entry of changes to the data entered in the road vehicle register within 10 working days of the change. The administrative fee is 50 crowns.
Can I go on a honeymoon with an old passport?
The new surname also requires the exchange of a passport and a driving license. If you are planning a trip abroad before issuing a new passport, such as the day after your wedding, you can use a passport with an old name. The travel document shall expire three months after the date of the change of surname. You will pay CZK 600 for issuing a new passport with machine-readable data and a data carrier.
It is also possible to apply for a passport in an accelerated time. In this case, however, you pay extra. When issued within 5 days 3000 CZK, when issued within 24 hours you will pay 6000 CZK.
- How to handle your passport you can read in our article entitled Where for Passport and for how much.
- Where and when to collect your passport at the Ministry of Interior?
- How do I pay an administrative fee when picking up my passport at the Ministry of the Interior?
Changing the surname with a businesswomen
Change of surname is one of the changes that every businesswoman has to report to the relevant Trade Department within 15 working days of the change occurring. Women present a marriage certificate. You will pay CZK 100 for a change of the entrepreneur’s personal data in a trade license or a concession sheet, including the projection of such changes in other data in a trade license or concession certificate.
Don’t forget other institutions
Tell your doctors, insurance companies where you have policies (life, property,…), building societies, pension funds and other institutions that are in any contractual relationship with you to change your surname.
You do not need to report a change to a health insurance company, these are linked to the population records and the change should be reflected by itself. But to be sure, you should make sure by phone that it really happened. With the new name, a new health insurance card will be issued to the married lady.
Similarly, the change will automatically be reflected in the CSSA records, the tax office, and if the woman is the owner of the property, it is necessary to notify the change of name at the cadastral office. If you have children, they will be given a new birth certificate with a new mother’s surname.