Name Change Northern Territory
The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages in the Northern Territory manages the registration of legal name changes.
If you are interested in, or intending to change your name you will need apply to register a change of name. This is done by filling out an application form and submitting it to the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. More information and forms are available from the Northern Territory Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages website. You will be notified when your name change is 'official' and receive a Name Change Certificate to prove your name change. You will use this certificate to change your name with the companies. It is up to you to contact companies and organisations to advise them of your new name, this is not done automatically.
There are two exceptions, where you don't need to go through this process.
1. If you are taking on your spouse's name after you get married. For example, if your spouse's name is Tom Smith and you want to become Mrs Smith.
To do this you just need a copy of your Marriage Certificate, which you use in exactly the same was as you would Name Change Certificate, to prove your new name. You don't need to register your new name, or tell the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages that you are changing your name.
You can also change your name to be hyphenated or double barrelled in this way.
If you are changing your name after marriage to something else however, you will need to go through the official name change process. For examaple, if you choose to change your name to to anything other than your spouse's name, you need to register a change of name. This could be making up a new last name, or making your maiden name your middle name. your husband's surname, you will need to apply to register a change of name.
2. If you want to go back to your maiden name after divorce or separation you will need an official copy of your Marriage Certificate. An official copy is one that has been registered with the Northern Territory Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. It does not include commemorative certificates that may have been presented to you by your celebrant on your wedding day. You may also need evidence of your divorce, for some organisations.
If you are changing your name after divorce to anything other than your maiden name, you will need to apply to register a change of name, and follow the process as detailed above.
Although time consuming and slighly frustration, you only need to go through this process once and you can change your name to virtually anything you want!