Selecting a language will automatically trigger the translation of the page content.

Usage name: use of wife's or husband's name

Verified 01 July 2022 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of the Interior

It is possible to use the name of your husband or wife regardless of gender. We talk about usage name. Use of a usage name is optional and not automatic. On the other hand, if the spouse indicates that he or she wants to use this name, the authorities must use it. This name can be entered on the identity card and passport.

Usage name and last name

Everyone has family name (also called birth name).

Name on your birth certificate.

This could include the name of your father, or your mother, or the name of your father and mother next to each other.

However, it is possible to use a other called usage name.

This usage name does not replace the last name which remains the only name mentioned on civil registration documents: birth certificate, marriage certificate, family book...

Freedom of choice

The ability to use a usage name is optional and not automatic.

If you are married, you can use your spouse's name or only your own surname.

This is a personal choice that cannot be imposed on you.

Whether you are a man or a woman, you can use as usage name the family name of the person you are married.

You can use as a usage:

  • or family name your spouse,
  • either your surname next to your spouse's surname in the order you want, and limit of a family name for each.

Example :

Double name for each spouse

Name of 1to spouse: BELIER GORCE

Name of 2nd spouse: MARTIN AUBERT

1to spouse may choose as the name of use: BELIER MARTIN, MARTIN BELIER, GORCE MARTIN, MARTIN GORCE, GORCE AUBERT, AUBERT GORCE, BELIER AUBERT, AUBERT BELIER, MARTIN AUBERT

Example :

Name for each spouse

Name of 1to spouse: BELIER-GORCE

Name of 2nd spouse: MARTIN-AUBERT

1to spouse may choose as the name of use: BELIER-GORCE MARTIN-AUBERT, MARTIN-AUBERT BELIER-GORCE, MARTIN-AUBERT

Example :

Double Name of 1to spouse and name 2nd husband

Name of 1to spouse: BELIER GORCE

Name of 2nd spouse: MARTIN-AUBERT

1to spouse may choose as the name of use: BELIER MARTIN-AUBERT, MARTIN-AUBERT BELIER, GORCE MARTIN-AUBERT, MARTIN-AUBERT GORCE, MARTIN-AUBERT

Warning  

you cannot use the name of your partner or Civil partnership partner.

You can include your username following your surname on your ID: identity card and passport.

In this case, fill in second of application form.

FYI  

if you no longer want to use a usage name, when renewing the credential, just leave blank Second Name application form.

The documents to be provided depend on your situation.

You are married

For First Use

For First Use of the usage name, it is necessary to provide:

These documents are to be attached to your identity document application and to be provided at the same window.

Example :

If your name is MARTIN, the use name that consists of your spouse's or spouse's name (e.g. DUPOND) can be included on the identity document in one of the following ways:

  • Name MARTIN spouses DUPOND’
  • Name MARTIN DUPOND”
  • Name MARTIN usage MARTIN DUPOND”
  • Name MARTIN usage DUPOND MARTIN”

To continue using the name

To continue using a usage name that is already on an identity document, you have no documents to provide.

Example :

If your name is MARTIN, the usage name that consists of your spouse's or husband's name (e.g. DUPOND) can appear on the ID in one of the following ways:

  • Name MARTIN spouses DUPOND’
  • Name MARTIN DUPOND”
  • Name MARTIN usage Martin DUPOND”
  • Name MARTIN usage DUPOND MARTIN”
You are divorced

If your former spouse allows you to do so, you can continue to use her name or your two names beside her as the name of use, just like at your wedding.

This name will be preceded by the mention use.

To continue using this name, you must provide:

  • the divorce judgement authorising you to bear the name of your former spouse, or
  • written permission from your former spouse.
You're a widow

You can continue to use your current name without additional steps, be it your spouse's name or your two names next to each other.

If you want the widower or widow appear before the usage name, you must select this choice on the form.

You must also provide a death certificate.

Please note

there is no time limit for putting your name on your identification. You can do this when you want.

The chosen usage name can be used in all acts of your private, family, social or professional life.

Upon your request, this name should be used by the administration in the letters it sends you.

The various organisations must be informed of the name of use chosen.

To inform health insurance and the Family Allowance Fund (Caf) at the same time, you can use an online service:

Declaration of Change of Name (name of spouse)

Choosing a usage name does not no influence on family name of your common child.

So your child can your name, that of your spouse or your 2 names.

This name may be the same or different from your usage name.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

On the identity card or passport

If you no longer want to use a usage name on your ID or passport, the procedure is done during renewal of identity document.

Just leave the line blank Second Name of the application form.

On another official document

If you no longer want the usage name to be used on a document concerning your private, family, social or professional life, it is enough inform your contacts.

For example, your employer or mutual.

You don't need to provide a proof.

Who can help me?

Find who can answer your questions in your region