Replacing documents when changing a surname after a divorce

Замена документов при смене фамилии после развода

Family lawyer in Ukraine
Skryabin Alexey Nikolaevich
Skryabin Alexey Nikolaevich
Doctor of Law
Hello! In this article, I will tell you about what documents need to be replaced after a divorce and how to do it correctly.

Replacing documents when changing a surname after a divorce in Ukraine

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

After receiving a certificate of divorce, you should begin to replace the following documents:

  • the 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 start replacing other documents.

Replacement of a taxpayer card (TIN) when changing a surname

The abbreviation TIN stands for Individual Taxpayer Number. A TIN certificate is a required document of each person. It contains a specific number belonging to only one person.

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

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

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

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

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

You should know that you can also replace the TIN card through the electronic system of public services. You can pick up the finished certificate at the STS department no earlier than five working days. For the replacement of a certificate due to a change of surname, tax is not paid.

Replacement of documents in case of divorce – pension certificate

Pension certificate – a document in the form of a plastic card, confirming registration in the pension insurance system. It is necessary for employment, for the employer to send information about the employee to the territorial office of the Pension Fund of Ukraine, as well as for the formation of a pension.

The document looks like a laminated card with the following information:

  • individual number;
  • Full Name;
  • Date and place of birth;
  • reason for retirement
  • date of registration;

To replace the document, an application is submitted to the territorial branch of the pension fund for replacing the certificate due to a change in surname, and a questionnaire is filled out.

Replacing a driver’s license when changing a surname during a divorce in Ukraine

A driver’s license (rights) is a necessary document that gives the right to drive a vehicle. Driving license categories must match the vehicle category.

When changing the surname, the document for driving a vehicle should be replaced. This must be done, because the inspector of the Patrol Police Department has the right to issue a fine to the driver and remove him from driving.

The following documents are required to replace a driver’s license:

  • the passport;
  • medical certificate (it is also possible by maiden name, but on condition that the validity of 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.

Replacement of bank cards when changing a surname during a divorce in Ukraine

When changing the surname, it is necessary to replace the bank cards that the citizen has. To do this, you need to contact the bank branch and issue the appropriate configuration. The replacement time is on average 10 to 20 minutes. All funds will be automatically transferred to another card, because the account number remains the same, just the appropriate changes are made to the bank’s database.

Replacement of documents in case of divorce

The passport also belongs to the obligatory replacement. Without it, a citizen does not have the right to travel to the territory of Ukraine.

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

Documents on education (diploma, certificate of advanced training, certificate) do not need to be changed. It is enough to present them together with the original marriage certificate.

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

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

Also, useful information on the website “Divorce Online” of the family lawyer Skryabin Aleksey Nikolaevich for you may be: family code on divorce, civil code on divorce, how to survive a divorce, how to build a relationship with a man, how to dissolve a marriage in Ukraine 2022? , grounds and procedure for divorce, a sample application for divorce in Ukraine, file a lawsuit for divorce in court in Ukraine, documents for divorce through the court, documents for divorce through the registry office.

Questions from our readers and answers from a consultant

Good afternoon! Tell me, please, does the number itself change on the certificate of registration of an individual with the tax authority, how much does this replacement procedure cost?

No, it doesn’t change. The number is assigned personally, to each citizen individually, once in a lifetime. Hence the name – TIN. The surname in the taxpayer card is changed, the old one is stored in the archive, and the new one is handed out. There is no need to pay the State Customs for the replacement of such a document.

How can the police know that I changed my last name, because they only require a driver’s license, not a passport?

Each police officer has the right to check your driver’s license against the established updated database of such documents. As a result, it turns out that the driver’s license number, date of issue, first name, patronymic and date of birth of the driver will match, but there is no last name.


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

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

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Family lawyer in Ukraine
Scriabina Daria Sergeevna
Scriabina Daria Sergeevna
PhD in Law
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