When your marital status changes either due to divorce or the death of your spouse, you can choose a previous last name, or combine up to two last names - your current last name with a previous last name or maiden name (according to section 7 of the amendment to the Names Law).
What you need
The service is free of charge.
Divorce certificates granted abroad must be authorized and verified with an apostille stamp (in countries where this is relevant) and translated to Hebrew and notarized.
This service and forms are provided in Hebrew. If you don’t speak Hebrew, seeking assistance from a Hebrew speaker is recommended.
How to apply
When you make changes to your name in the population registry, you will be issued a new biometric ID card and appendix and biometric passport. If your ID card and passport are valid for a year or more, the service is free.
All new passports and IDs issued are biometric.
- Make an appointment to apply in person at one of the Population and Immigration Authority offices to issue the new biometric documents.
- When issuing a new biometric document you will be asked a number of questions to authenticate your identity and you will be photographed and have your index fingers scanned.
Your biometric information is saved to the Biometric Database Authority’s secure database in order to prevent forgeries and identity theft.
- After your fingerprints are scanned, if you do not wish them to be saved to the database you can opt out by not giving your consent.
- Print and fill in the Notification of choice of name form and submit it in person at a Population and Immigration office.
IMPORTANT: You must first make the changes to your name before issuing the new biometric documents, in order for the new details to appear correctly on your new passport and ID.