How to Change Your Name

in australia

Name Change New South Wales

If you want to change your name in New South Wales you will need to go through the New South Wales Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.

If you are recently married and changing your your husband's name you will need a copy of your marriage certificate from the Registry (note, this needs to be a registered copy, not just a certificate from your wedding day).

If you are changing back to your maiden name after divorce, you will need a copy of your marriage certificate, also available from the Registry.  It is also a good idea to have evidence of your divorce at hand. Most organisations will use your marriage certificate as evidence of your names, but some organisations may wish to see documented evidence of your divorce.

To change your name to something other than your husband's name or your maiden name you have to apply to register a change of name.  Forms and information is available from the New South Wales Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages website or you can call them if you have specific questions. After your name change has been approved and registered you will be sent a name change certificate that you can use to change your name with other organisations and on your identity documents such as your driver's license and passport.