What documents should you take care of after getting married?

Changing your name on your documents doesn’t need to be done on the next day. Make sure though, it’s done as soon as you pick up your marriage certificate. If you changed your surname after you got married, you also need to remember about changing it on your documents. Changing your documentation involves: your driving licence, ID, […]
Changing your name on your documents doesn’t need to be done on the next day. Make sure though, it’s done as soon as you pick up your marriage certificate.

If you changed your surname after you got married, you also need to remember about changing it on your documents.
Changing your documentation involves: your driving licence, ID, passport, bank cards, home related documents, and much more. If, however, you decided not to change your surname, you don’t need to do anything.

This article applies to couples where at least one of the involved one decides to change their surname to his/her partner’s. This detailed guide is on what documents need to be changed after getting married, what is involved, and what is the cost of it.

The article applies to document changes by a Polish citizen.

Identity Card (ID)

Your ID card will be valid for 3 months since the day you got married. Changing your ID is free of charge. The waiting time is usually 3 weeks (but you might get it earlier). You should hand in your application in any of the city offices (pl. ‘Urząd Miasta’) in Poland.

A list of things you need to have with you when you want to apply for a new ID

  • filled out ID application (you can get it at the place you’re requesting your new ID from),
  • two photographs (make sure they follow new photo requirements, otherwise your application won’t be accepted),
  • marriage certificate (where it’s clearly stated, one of you has changed your surname).

It usually takes a few minutes to fill out the application. Your meeting should take about 10 mins. In total, you’ll probably need 30 minutes to take care of this.

Once your meeting is complete, you’ll receive a confirmation that states that you’ve requested your current document to be replaced with a new one. The confirmation also says when your new ID will be ready to pick up. It also gives you a tracking code you can use to check online when exactly your document is ready to be picked up.

Until you receive you new ID you can use the one you’re currently using (the one with old details).

Passport

Your passport will be valid for 60 days since the day you got married. Changing your passport will cost you 140 zł. The waiting time is usually 30 days (IMPORTANT: don’t plan any long out-of-the-EU trips/honeymoons as your passport might be invalid by the time you get back home). You should hand in your application in any of the passport offices (pl. ‘Biuro Paszportowe’) in Poland.

A list of things you need to have with you when you want to apply for a new passport

  • filled out passport application (you can get it at the place you’re requesting your new passport from or print it out at home. You can download it from here: “Wniosek o paszport / Passport application”),
  • one photograph (make sure they follow new photo requirements, otherwise your application won’t be accepted),
  • the proof you’ve paid in 140zł for your application (you can either do it online, or at the cash register),
  • marriage certificate (where it’s clearly stated, one of you has changed your surname),
  • other document that proves your identity (for instance, your identity card).

After your meeting, you’ll receive a confirmation of your application request. In there, there will be a link you can follow to track your passport, i.e. when it’s ready to be picked up. 

Until you receive your new passport, you can use your old one.

Driving licence

Your driving licence will be valid for 30 days since the day you got married. Changing your driving licence is about 100.50 zł (details below). The waiting time is usually 16 days. You should hand in your application in the county office (pl. ‘Starostwo Powiatowe’) you belong to.

A list of things you need to have with you when you want to apply for a new driving licence:

  • filled out driving licence application (you can get it at the place you’re requesting your new document from),
  • the proof you’ve paid a fee of 100.50zł for your application,
  • one photograph (make sure they follow new photo requirements, otherwise your application won’t be accepted),
  • a photocopied copy of your current driving licence,
  • a document that proves your identity (e.g., your identity card), however, if you don’t have a new ID yet, you should show your marriage certificate,
  • your permanent/temporary residence document (have this document with you just in case),
  • a mandate – in case you want to authorise someone else to take care of your application (it needs to be a member of your family). Cost 17 zł.

Once you leave your application at the county office, you’ll receive a duplicate of your driving licence. Use it until the new document is ready to be picked up.

Advice: Change your vehicle registration document together with your driving licence. It’s also valid for 30 days since the day you got married. The additional cost of doing it is 54.50zł.

Vehicle registration document (pl. ‘dowód rejestracyjny’)

Change your vehicle registration document together with your driving licence. It’s also valid for 30 days since the day you got married. The additional cost of doing it is 54.50zł. The application should be handed in at the city office at the Communications Department (pl. ‘Urząd Miasta, Wydział Komunikacji’).

What you need to have with you when applying for a vehicle registration document

  • the proof you’ve paid a fee of 54.50zł for your application,
  • a filled in application request for a new vehicle registration document,
  • your current vehicle registration document,
  • vehicle licence (pl. ‘karta pojazdu’),
  • a document that proves your identity (e.g. ID card), however, if you don’t have a new ID yet, you should show your marriage certificate,
  • a mandate – in case you want to authorise someone else to take care of this application for you.

Until you receive your new document, you can use the one with the old surname.

Bank cards

After your wedding, you need to remember to visit your bank and let them know you’ve changed your details. Changing your details is free. Your new bank cards should be sent to you fairly soon (1 – 2 weeks).

For your meeting with the bank you’ll require:

  • to view your marriage certificate,
  • your new signature.

There is no rush in changing your bank cards (the cards will still work) although it’s worth taking care of this as soon as possible.

What we recommend doing is visiting your bank together with your partner and decide to open a shared bank account (unless you’re in different bank accounts).

Home related documents

This is free of charge. What you need to do is to present your new ID or your act of marriage to the those institutions:

  • housing cooperative,
  • electricity supplier,
  • gas supplier,
  • water company,
  • TV, internet and phone provider.

Employment documents

You need to let your employer know you changed your surname. You only need to present him with your new ID or your act of marriage.

Social media profiles

Remember not to omit changing your details on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram. It’s easy to forget the obvious.

There are some dates the Polish institutions are closed on. We advise you not to travel to Poland then – it would be a waste of your time and money.

When the institutions are closed in 2017

Date Name of celebration
January 1st New Year (pl. ‘Nowy Rok’)
January 6th Epiphany (pl. ‘Trzech Króli’)
April 16th Easter (pl. ‘Wielkanoc’)
May 1st Labour Day (pl. ‘Święto Pracy’)
May 3rd Constitution of May 3rd (pl. ‘Konstytucja 3-go Maja’)
June 15th The Feast of Corpus Christi (pl.’Boże Ciało’)
August 15th Armed Forces Day (pl. ‘Święto Wojska Polskiego’)
November 1st All Saints Day (pl. ‘Wszystkich Świętych’)
November 11th Independence Day (pl. ‘Święto Niepodległości’)
December 25th Christmas Day (pl. ‘Boże Narodzenie – pierwszy dzień’)
December 26th Christmas Day (pl. ‘Boże Narodzenie – drugi dzień’)

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