Change of Name

Replacement change of name certificate

You can apply for a replacement certificate if the change of name is registered in NSW:

Apply online to replace a Change of Name certificate​​​

Apply by post or in person

The Registry issues certificates for changes of name which have been completed in NSW after 1 April 1996. For a change of name that was registered outside NSW, please check:

Other Registries & links

Who can apply

If you have already changed your name or your child's name and you require a replacement copy of the certificate, you can apply for a Replacement Change of Name Certificate.

If you are the parent of a child over the age of 18, you are entitled to the replacement certificate if you applied for the original change of name.

If you are not the person named on the certificate or you did not apply for the original change of name, you must satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • You can complete a Letter of Authority, giving permission to apply and attach ID from the person named on the certificate or one of their parents, or
  • Show Power of Attorney relating to the person named on the certificate, or
  • Be a solicitor/welfare group acting for the person named on the certificate.

Proof of identification (ID) 

Applications must be accompanied by at least three forms of ID. This ensures your privacy is maintained and that information is only released to those who are entitled to it.

If you are applying for your own certificate, you must provide the following:

  • three forms of your own ID (see below).

If you are applying for a certificate on behalf of another person, you must provide the following:

  • Letter of Authority, giving permission to apply from the person named on the certificate or if deceased, their next of kin. Include their address, daytime telephone number and signature;
  • three forms of ID from the person giving permission (see below);
  • three forms of your own ID (see below).

Identification

To protect your privacy, the Registry requires proof of your identity. Please provide at least three forms of ID.

At least one form of ID must be provided from Category 1 and must contain your full name, date of birth and place of birth.

The other forms of ID (at least two) must be provided from Category 2 and 3, or 3 and 4.

All documents, except foreign passports, must be current. Photocopies are accepted.

Category

Identity Documents
1

If born in Australia:

  • An Australian Birth Certificate

Record of immigration status:

  • Citizenship Certificate
  • New Zealand Citizenship Certificate together with passport
  • New Zealand Birth Certificate
2
  • Australian Driver's Licence
  • Australian Passport
  • Firearms Licence
  • Foreign Passport
  • Proof of Age card
3
  • Medicare Card
  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs Card
  • Security/Crowd Control Licence
  • Tertiary Education Institution ID Card
4
  • Recent utility account with current residential address

If you are unable to comply with these requirements, and need further advice please contact us.


Cover image: application for replace a change of name