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Choice of surname

The choice of surname is a mandatory process for parents. Right after birth, parents must head towards the civil status office to register the new bornand therefore choose a forename. The criteria of choice are: to avoid choosing non-Moroccan, compound names and those derived from names of cities, villages, or tribes. Forenames must not be of prejudice to public order and to values.


Mother or father



Place of submission

Civil status office of place of residence

Place of issue

Civil status office of place of residence

Processing time

Three days maximum

Ways of claims

Al-Wassit institution (mediator)


Ministry of Interior

Sources of information (home department)

Ministry of Interior - Ministry of Interior