Replacement of documents when changing surname after divorce

Replacement of documents when changing surname after divorce

If, when submitting an application for marriage registration, a woman indicated the fact that after marriage she wants to keep her husband’s surname, in marriage she will have a new surname and corresponding personal documents. In the event of divorce, she has the right to keep her husband’s surname or change it to her maiden name. This requires replacing a number of personal documents.

After receiving the divorce certificate, you should begin replacing the following documents:

  • passport;
  • TIN;
  • international passport;
  • driver’s license.

First of all, you should start with the most important document in the life of every citizen of Ukraine – a passport. After replacing it and receiving a new one, you should begin replacing other documents.

Replacing a taxpayer card (TIN) when changing your last name

The abbreviation TIN stands for individual taxpayer number. A TIN certificate is required for each person’s document. It contains a specific number that belongs to only one person.

The number indicated in the certificate belongs to a person once and does not change throughout the citizen’s life. The number itself consists of ten digits.

The TIN is issued by the tax authority – the territorial division of the tax service (hereinafter referred to as the State Tax Service). To replace it, you need to write an application to register an individual with the tax authority. The application contains the following information:

  • last name, first name, patronymic of the applicant (in this case, you should write the new last name obtained as a result of registering the divorce);
  • date, place of birth;
  • details of the new passport;
  • data on changes in last name, first name, patronymic;
  • year of data replacement;
  • citizenship;
  • residence address;

In addition to the application itself, you must have originals and copies of documents such as:

  • Ukrainian passport;
  • Marriage certificate;
  • card with TIN to be replaced;

You should know that you can also replace your TIN card through the electronic system of public services. You can pick up the finished certificate at the State Tax Service office no earlier than five working days. No tax is paid for replacing a certificate due to a change of surname.

Replacement of documents upon separation – pension confirmation

Pension certificate is a document in the form of a plastic card confirming registration in the pension insurance system. It is necessary for getting a job, so that the employer sends information about the employee to the territorial branch of the Pension Fund of Ukraine, as well as for forming a pension.

The document appears as a laminated card containing the following information:

  • individual number;
  • First name;
  • Date and place of birth;
  • reason for retirement;
  • date of registration;

To replace the document, an application to replace the certificate in connection with a change in surname is submitted to the territorial branch of the pension fund, and a form is filled out.

Replacing a driver’s license when changing your last name during a divorce

A driver’s license (license) is a necessary document that gives the right to drive a vehicle. The category of driver’s license must correspond to the category of the vehicle.

When changing your last name, you must replace the vehicle driving document. This must be done because the inspector of the Patrol Police Department has the right to issue a fine to the driver and disqualify him from driving.

To replace a driver’s license, the following documents are required:

  • passport;
  • medical certificate (possibly by maiden name, but provided that the certificate has not expired);
  • Marriage certificate,
  • driver’s license to be replaced;
  • receipt of payment of state duty;

The above documents must be submitted to the Service Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

Replacing bank cards when changing your last name during a divorce

When changing the surname, it is necessary to replace the bank cards that the citizen has. To do this, you need to contact a bank branch and complete the appropriate configurations. Replacement time averages from 10 to 20 minutes. All funds will be automatically transferred to another card, because the account number remains the same, the appropriate changes are simply made to the bank’s database.

Replacement of documents upon divorce

An international passport is also required to be replaced. Without it, a citizen has no right to leave the territory of Ukraine.

As for the work book, it cannot be replaced. It contains an inscription stating that the surname has been changed, based on the marriage certificate.

Education documents (diploma, certificate of advanced training, certificate) do not need to be changed. It is enough to present them along with the original marriage certificate.

Documents confirming ownership (certificate of title to a land plot, etc.) do not necessarily need to be replaced, but legal experts still advise changing such documents in order to avoid problems in the future.

In addition, you must not forget about replacing documents such as business cards, various passes, etc.

Questions from our readers and answers from a consultant
Please tell me whether the number on the certificate of registration of an individual with the tax authority changes, how much does this replacement procedure cost?
How can the police find out that I have changed my last name, since they only require a driver’s license, and not a passport?


When changing your last name after marriage, you need to change the most important list of documents such as: taxpayer card, driver’s license, bank cards, etc. These documents must be changed only upon receipt of a passport for a new, acquired surname.

Documents can be replaced, as in a specific institution authorized for such actions, as well as using the Internet portal of public services.

Services of a family lawyer

A family lawyer will provide you with legal advice and help you draw up all the necessary documents to replace documents when changing your last name after marriage.

We are responsible for the quality of legal services and guarantee a positive result.

With the help of the services of a family lawyer or lawyer, your case of replacing documents when changing your last name after marriage will be resolved more professionally and quickly.

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Alexey Scriabin
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