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Name Change in Germany

Name Change in Germany

1 Sep 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Finally, I am doing it! After five years of procrastination I have started the process of registering my marriage in Germany and –  even more important for me right now – changing my name in Germany, too. I have always felt uncomfortable since I started using my married name here in the US, but my passport still has my maiden name. It doesn’t matter as long as I don’t leave the US. But since I travel at least twice a year to Europe, I always get nervous whenever I come back because I anticipate trouble with customs. So far – knock on wood – only once a customs officer gave me a very serious look and told me I had better change my name quickly. My fear of not being allowed to enter the US has not come true yet and surely is not very realistic, anyway.

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