I am 72 years old and holder of a german passport. My birth certificate gives 2 forenames, the second from the left being underlined to signify my Rufname. The first passport I had from 1962-1967 had me in the way of the birth certificate: Rufname underlined. All following passports from 1967 to 2001 indicated me with the Rufname in first position followed by the other forename, surname in all cases unchanged (in spite of getting married in England). Since 2001 my passports indicate me as written in the birth certificate with the Rufname in second position, but without being underlined. I am having difficulties in all ways of life with that, because Rentenversicherungen, bankaccounts in different countries, ISA investments, testaments, marriage certificate, are all based on passports with my Rufname in first position. The Embassy in London tells me that the new german passport law does not allow for any other order of the forenames than the one on the birth certificate. Do I really have to ask for an öffentlich-rechtlichen Namensänderung, or is there another way to sort that problem out? I would be grateful for any advice. Karin
The problem I have now is that UK banks ask to see your passport to confirm identity. When I arrived in the UK my two forenames were one way round on my passport. This is when I opened my bank accounts and pension investments. I now want to open another account into which I would like to transfer some of these special funds which the tax authorities recognise as mine, that is, under the name as it appeared on my passport when I arrived in the UK. However, as my current passport has my forenames the other way round, this is the only way the banks are prepared to open a new account. This would then mean that the funds which the tax authorities recognise as mine would be transferred to someone with a different name, and they wouldn't be prepared to do this. I am also worried that there may be a problem withdrawing money from existing accounts if I have to show my passport as proof of identity before being allowed to do so. I have already been treated with suspicion in the bank by revealing these inconsistencies.
No, my current passport is more recent.
Did you get my last lengthy comment in german. It seems to have disappeared after I sent it some time ago. I understand your impatience.It explained that from 1967 to 2001 I have been carrying german passports with the forenames not in the order of the birth certificate but the other way round. This means that all my important documents show my name differently from my current passport.
Thank you for trying to help. I will rate you now. Sleep well!