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Namens- und Personenstandsänderung an der MLU

Possibilities for official change

Many individuals whose gender identity does not match, or only partially matches, the gender assigned at birth seek to change their name and gender registration so that they better reflect their identity. Currently, there are various options in Germany for people who would like to have their name and/or civil status officially changed:

  • Application at the competent local court according to the Transsexuellengesetz (TSG) (change of first name and civil status possible; at least two independent expert opinions necessary; procedure can be lengthy; costs are to be borne by the person making the application, if necessary legal aid can be applied for)
  • Application at the registry office according to the Personenstandsgesetz (PStG) §45b (change of first name and personal status possible; medical certificate about a variant of gender development usually necessary; legislator has limited the application to inter* persons, but also some trans* and non-binary persons could successfully change their information through this)
  • Application to the name change authority of the city according to the law on the change of surnames and first names (NamÄndG) (change of first name, but not of civil status; an "important reason" for the change must be presented (e.g. a non-binary gender identity may be recognized as an important reason under certain circumstances); costs are to be borne by the person applying and are measured according to income and effort of implementation - in the city of Halle costs range from 5€ to 275€).

Since these options are associated with very large hurdles for trans*, inter* and non-binary persons seeking a change of name and/or marital status, MLU enables early name and marital status change for its students and employees.

In August 2023, the federal cabinet passed a "Selbstbestimmungsgesetz   " that will enable TIN persons to change their first names and gender entries at a low threshold on the basis of a self-disclosure. The first reading in the Bundestag    will take place on November 15, 2023. It is expected to come into force on November 1, 2024 and replace the previous Transsexuals Act.

Possibilities for students at MLU

Image description: On a purple background you can see a hand holding three big buttons, which have the colors of the rainbow flag, the trans* pride flag and the non-binary pride flag. To the right of the hand is a name tag that says "Hello my name is". At the bottom of the picture is a green bar that says in white letters, "Study at the University of Halle with your real name? No problem!"

Image description: On a purple background you can see a hand holding three big buttons, which have the colors of the rainbow flag, the trans* pride flag and the non-binary pride flag. To the right of the hand is a name tag that says "Hello my name is". At the bottom of the picture is a green bar that says in white letters, "Study at the University of Halle with your real name? No problem!"

Since 2019, students can have their name and personal status changed at MLU before an official name and personal status change has been completed. Until now, the prerequisite for this was that the application for a name change had already been submitted to the relevant local court.

In July 2023, the Rectorate decided to make things even easier: name and personal status changes are possible on the basis of a self-disclosure (including a notification of the identity card number), and it will no longer be necessary to submit an application to the local court. Once a change has been made, a blocking period of one year applies for a new application.

The data will be fully adjusted in the database so that in the future, for example, student ID, e-mail address, study certificates, Stud.ip and transcripts will reflect the self-selected name and personal status.

To change your name and personal status, a corresponding form is available at the Student Service Center.

Please note the following things, which are also pointed out to you in the application form:

  • A one-time fee of 10.30 euros is due for the issuance of the new student ID card.
  • After the change has been made, a blocking period of one year applies for a new application at MLU.
  • All documents issued by MLU will be issued with the new data. It is no longer possible to issue them in the old name.
  • There may be problems with non-university offices where you are still registered with your official name if you present documents issued by MLU in your new name (e.g. a certificate of matrikulation to your health insurance company or the use of your student ID card as a semester ticket for local public transport). You are responsible for any problems and claims, not the university. In such cases, the use of a dgti supplementary ID card can be useful. The Matrikulation Office can issue a certificate confirming the name change. However, it cannot be guaranteed whether this will be accepted by other offices.
  • If you also wish to update your photo on your student ID card, it is advisable to enclose the new photo and the request for the change with the application.

Possibilities for employees at MLU

MLU employees can use their desired name and civil status on the basis of the dgti supplementary ID card at MLU in digital systems relevant to everyday university life (e-mail address, Stud.ip, Löwenportal, library system, communication directory, etc.), regardless of any official change. The desired name and civil status can also be used on university websites.

For legal reasons, a full adjustment is unfortunately not possible without an official change, which is why the change does not affect employment contracts, social security and salary matters, and the personnel card.

The university is also endeavoring to incorporate the desired form of address and pronouns in its communications. For technical reasons, this is unfortunately not yet fully possible at present and will be implemented wherever it is already possible. A comprehensive consideration will be strived for in perspective.

A corresponding application form for the change of name and civil status will soon be available to the Human Resources department (Abteilung 3 – Personal).

Please note:
The associated procedure and application form have already been finalized. Unfortunately, however, there is a delay in implementation due to technical difficulties. We are working on a solution and will inform you here as soon as the procedure can be used. At the moment, therefore, only a partial name change can be implemented, which will affect e-mail, Stud.ip and MLU conf. In other systems, however, a combination of self-selected and official name will appear. You are welcome to contact the Prevention and Counselling Office for Anti-Discrimination in this regard.

What is a dgti-supplement ID and how to get it?

As long as the personal status of TIN students is not officially changed yet, there is a discrepancy between the gender identity and the official documents such as the identity card. This leads to disarray, difficulties and problems with everyday situations, if people have to identify themselves.

The dgti supplement ID includes all self-chosen personal data, as well as a current passport photo, so that there is no mismatch remaining between the official papers and the individual. Its trilingualism in German, English and French enables the usage for international travel as well. Reports on the supplement ID have been for the most part very positive. The usual need to provide explanation, which comes together with disarrays, ends. A QR-Code on the ID leads to a text on the website of the dgti and provides authorities and other institutions with information on the function of the supplement ID and thereby increases its practicability. Depending on your needs, the aforementioned text can also be printed and taken along. All interior ministries, the federal ministry, as well as various other German authorities, ministries, organizations and associations are aware of the dgti supplement ID.

You can apply online    for the ID. A current passport photo and a completed application form are necessary. Furthermore, a service fee in the amount of 19,90€ must be paid. the processing time takes about 4-6 weeks. You can find additional information on the website of the dgti   .

Study with the gender status "divers"

The application portal for prospective students provides the option to select "diverse" for gender. No proof of this entry is required for enrollment; this is to be handled in the same way as for male and female students, who also do not have to prove their gender. Gradually, all documents - from the information sheet to the degree certificate - are to become gender-neutral, in which the form of address "Mr. / Ms." is to be dispensed with.

Advice and support in case of problems

If you are a student or employee and have problems related to your name and personal status change at the MLU or other problems or questions regarding your trans*, inter* or non binary gender identity, you can contact the Anti-Discrimination Prevention and Counseling Center confidentially.


Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Stabsstelle Vielfalt und Chancengleichheit
Präventions- und Beratungsstelle Antidiskriminierung
Sabine Wöller

room 303, 3. OG
Dachritzstraße 12
06108 Halle (Saale)

phone: 0345-55 21013