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How to Change Your Name into Korean Name

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 as ‘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 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 into 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 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 ofcourse and don’t forget that you need also to write it in Hanja (Chinese characters).

hanja
인명용한자코드

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 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, name of the bank, bank account, and holder name in case your application will not be approved they’ll refund your payment.

6. Go back to 가족관계등록계. Submit all your requirements after receiving your revenue stamp and 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 about 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.

Xoxo, Hyejin 💕

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17 Comments

    • hyejin

      Yung iba nagpapagawa ng name yung binibigay ung birthdate at oras ng kapanganakan which is may bayad. Tsaka ung kapalaran nung name kung bagay ba or hindi. Pero ako I made my mine kasi may free naman sa naver then ako pumili ng hanja nya then may scoring kasi if bad, good or best ung name ganun. Will share next time about sa pagpili ng name.

    • hyejin

      Pwedeng hindi ka din magchange mamsh kaso kasi sa legal documents pag mahaba ang name laging putol kaya may option na magpalit ng name. Ung name ko before sa aliencard eh okay na kaso sa immigration inaccept nilang name eh name ko nung dalaga which is very long kaya pag nagsulat ako at pirma ang haba haba ng sinusulat ko. But actually the earlier the better kasi pag dumami na amg legal docs mo like bank accounts, licenses etc mahirap na magpalit ng name kasi marami ka aasikasuhin.

  • Blair villanueva

    This is so cool! May I ask how many times you are allowed to change your Korean name? And for what cases only?

    • hyejin

      Hindi ko alam kung ilang beses pwede maybe twice. About sa cases naman yan ung may mga kaso before then gusto nila magchange name hindi sila na-aapproved.

  • https://hazywanders.com

    Ohh so it’s legal pala sa Korea! How about your passport and other legal documents, you also have to change those right? Will it show your original name or hindi na, like yung Korean name na yung gagamitin sa mga legal docs? Also, ang mura lang magpa change ng name.. if i computed it right nasa less than 3k pesos. Tama ba? And ang galeng na they will refund if it’s not approved. Buti naman. 🙂

  • Hazel

    Ohh so it’s legal pala sa Korea! How about your passport and other legal documents, you also have to change those right? Will it show your original name or hindi na, like yung Korean name na yung gagamitin sa mga legal docs? Also, ang mura lang magpa change ng name.. if i computed it right nasa less than 3k pesos. Tama ba? And ang galeng na they will refund if it’s not approved. Buti naman. 🙂

    • hyejin

      Yes, ung legal docs sila na nagpapalit nun like ung sa family certificate, residence certificate and basic certificate. Tas pag okay na you’ll get your new id na korean name na ung nakalagay. Tas ikaw na mag aasikaso ng update ng name sa bank, insurance at phones.

    • hyejin

      I didn’t change mine actually pero pag lumabas kasi ung korean name mo, you’ll make a dojang (stamp indicated ung korean name mo) kasama nung paper from bobwon na isubmit mo po sa cityhall.

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