Did you know that once you acquire Korean citizenship you can also apply to change your name to a Korean name and here’s how?
Did you know that changing names in Korea is legal and it is called ‘gaemyeong‘ (개명)? A lot of Koreans applied for a petition of changing their names due to some reasons like they don’t like it or their name if they have the same name as a revealed serial killer.
But for a foreigner like me, it is not possible to change your name if you don’t have Korean citizenship. But after receiving your Korean ID and you have a problem with your long name, you may also apply for a change of name. Like us Filipinos, we have a given name, middle name, and surname, that’s why when you write it in Korean it’s very long. That is the reason why I decided to change my name to a Korean name.
First I prepare the requirements that I need then I went to Seoul Northern District Court (서울북부지방법원) which is the nearest to my place.
Requirements for Application for Change of Name
- 주민등록 등본 (Resident Registration)
- 가족관계증명서 (Family Registration)
- 기본증명서 (Basic Registration)
- 주민등록증 (Identification Card/Registration Card)
You need to prepare 2 copies of the first three requirements and 2 photocopies of your identification card.
How to Change Your Name into Korean Name
1. First prepare all the documents you need and visit the nearest court.
2. Look for the 민원동 building and go to 가족관계등록계.
3. Fill up the application form for your last name and name. Don’t be mistaken with the application for a change name because the applications for Koreans are a bit different.
So you need to find these two application forms, 국적취득자 성과 본의 창설허가 신청서 (this is for the application of your surname change) and 개명허가 신청서 (for your first name).
4. You all need to prepare your chosen Korean name of course and don’t forget that you need also to write it in Hanja (Chinese characters).
TIP: If you don’t know how to write in Chinese, you need to go to the personnel and tell them your Korean name. You will receive a 인명용한자코드 where you need to choose and encircle the hanja of your name. After encircling, follow the characters and write it on your own since they are not allowed to do it for you. If you think you can’t do that, bring your husband with you when you apply.
5. When you finish signing up for your application, you need to go 종합민원실. Get your Revenue Stamp and pay 30,600 won each (change of surname and name) a total of 61,200 won.
You also need to fill in the 송달료 with your name, how much you’ve paid, the name of the bank, bank account, and holder name because you’ll get a refund once your change of name has been done.
6. Go back to 가족관계등록계. Submit all your requirements after receiving your revenue stamp and a copy of your 송달료 (it should be 2 copies if you both changed your surname and first name).
7. After submitting your requirements, you’ll receive this paper 개명 및 등록부정정 신청 이후 졸자. Your application number is also written here and the other details you need to do after your application.
8. Lastly, will receive a text message stating that your application is already received. You just need to wait up to 3 months for the result.
Happy waiting and Goodluck! If you are applying for citizenship and don’t know where to start you can read my article How to Apply for Korean Naturalization?. But if you are preparing for KIIP final test you can also check my story about My KIIP Citizenship Test Experience.