Atty. Kareen Lucero

Kareen Lucero is a lawyer previously doing litigation before working for different agencies in the government and for a multinational corporation. She has traveled to 52+ countries including a 3-month solo backpacking in South East Asia and more than 1 year of solo traveling across four continents in the world. As part of giving back, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge of law and travel. She is currently doing consulting work for a government agency. For inquiries, you may reach her via Facebook Messenger ( or email ([email protected]).

13 thoughts on “How To Change Surname After Marriage in the Philippines

  1. Hi Atty. Lucero! Happy New Year!
    Thanks for this!
    When changing our status and updating ID’s e.g passport in the Philippines, can we possibly choose to keep our middle name (mother’s maiden name) as our middle name? I prefer to keep it as is and then use my husband’s last name therefore losing my father’s last name instead of my mother’s. Hope it makes sense…. Please help

  2. Thank you for this post. Very helpful! Would you know if hyphenated surnames are also applicable in NBI clearance?

  3. Can’t it be Maria Garcia-Cruz instead of Maria Cruz-Garcia? My husband doesn’t want his surname first and wants my surname at the end instead. Is it possible?

  4. This is really helpful. I was thinking of not changing my last name yet because my husband is going to change his last name to his dad’s name.
    I’ll just change my name once his is already changed. Thank you

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