What is a Name Change Kit?
What is a name change kit, what are they good for, and who should use one?
Name change kits are usually a compilation of information and forms that you can use to change your name. You do not need a name change kit to change your name, everything that a name change kit contains you will be able to find yourself for free on the internet. However, a name change kit can save you considerable time and effort, and rather than spending hours trying to figure everything out yourself, a name change kit can put you on the right path. For the price tag, which is somewhere between $10-30 depending upon the kit, most people who buy them say they are well worth it. For marriage, we recommend the name change kit from www.afterthewedding.com.au.
What to Look for in a Name Change Kit
The kit should be updated regularly. You don't want to be paying for something that is out of date and therefore no help to you, so make sure the kit you buy is updated regularly. You should also make sure that you are able to access any updates, again the kit isn't going to be any use to you if there is an update between when you buy it and when you actually get around to using it.
The kit should contain more than just forms. Forms from third party organisations are actually copyrighted by those organisations and it is illegal to sell them. Name change kits can include them for free in the kits, but if you are just paying for the forms, then someone is making money illegally.
You don't want to have to provide a lot of personal information. Online kits that ask you to supply personal information such as your wedding date, registration number, date of birth etc may just be harvesting your details. Stay away from identity theft by filling out your own forms and limiting the personal information that you provide.
A money back guarantee. If you are buying a name change kit over the internet you should make sure it has a money back guarantee. "Name Change Kit" can mean a lot of things, and you don't want to be ripped off by paying for information that you already have or don't need.
A secure purchasing site. Check for the little padlock at the bottom of the website if buying a name change kit over the internet.
There is at least a contact email address on the website that sells the kit. Avoid websites that only have a contact form and don't provide you with any actual contact details.