Change of Name
To change your name,
- view: Change of Name Applications - Restricted persons [PDF 75kb]
- complete a: Change of Name application
The Registry records official changes of name for adults and children (under 18 years) which includes amending any part of a name.
Note: If a person alters their name or uses an additional or other name with the intention to act fraudulently or with an intention to deceive or in any other way that contravenes the law, they may be subject to criminal proceedings.
The fee of $174 includes the registration of the Change of Name and the issue of a Standard Certificate. You must return all of your original certificates with your application including any NSW Birth or NSW Change of Name Certificates and extracts.
If the person is born in NSW, they can choose either a Birth or a Change of Name certificate (add $44 for both).
- A Child's birth registration is amended to include the change of name. Parents' names are not changed.
- An Adult's birth registration is amended to show details of previous names.
Effective 1 April 1996 the Registry assumed the administrative responsibility for registering all changes of name in NSW. All changes of name are registered in accordance with provisions contained in Part 5 of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995.
The Land Titles Office no longer registers Deeds Poll or Instruments Evidencing Change of Name.
A person is legally able to change his or her name. If a person alters their name or uses an additional or other name with the intention to act fraudulently or with an intention to deceive or in any other way which contravenes the law, they may be subject to criminal proceedings.
A person may use a new name without any formal steps. At common law, a person will not actually change his or her name until the person has used and become known by the new name. Under the Registry's legislation the name is changed once it is registered.
Occasions arise where a person will be asked to provide proof of change of name (for example as proof of identity or to obtain a passport). For these reasons a person may record their new name or alteration of their name by registering a Change of Name at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
If you were married in Australia a formal Change of Name is not required if you wish to take your spouse's name. A Standard Marriage Certificate is usually sufficient evidence to have personal documentation, such as your driver's licence and passport, changed to your married surname.
You are eligible to have your name changed in NSW if:
- you're not restricted as per: Change of Name Applications - Restricted persons [PDF 75kb], and
- your birth is registered in NSW, or
- you were born overseas and have been resident in NSW for three (3) consecutive years immediately prior to your application, or
- your birth is not registered in NSW and a protection order has been made to protect you and/or your children from domestic violence.
Applications to register a change of name for a child (under 18 years) should be made by both parents. If both parents cannot make a joint application, please phone 13 77 88 to discuss your circumstances.
To organise a Change of Name interview, phone 13 77 88 for an appointment. Alternatively, the Registry accepts applications by mail.