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The Registry records official changes of name in New South Wales for adults and children (under 18 years). A name change includes amending any part of a 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 that contravenes the law, they may be subject to criminal proceedings.
The majority of names can be registered, however, some names are prohibited e.g. words which may be offensive, official titles or rank, using numbers or symbols e.g. 1st, Snr or Jnr. For more information please refer to the Prohibited Names Policy – PDF.
You are eligible to have your name changed if:
If you wish to register a change of name for your child (under 18 years) both parents must make a joint application. If both parents cannot make a joint application, please phone 13 77 88 to discuss your circumstances.
The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (NSW) restricts certain classes of persons from changing their name without the permission of a supervising authority. It also restricts people from making a change of name on behalf of a restricted person.
Persons who are under the supervision of the Commissioner of Corrective Services, the Mental Health Review Tribunal, or the NSW Police Commissioner, must obtain approval from that authority before making an application. Making an application without approval is an offence under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995.
Restricted persons are:
Exemptions to these restrictions:
You must return all of your original certificates with your application including any NSW birth or NSW change of name certificates and extracts. Please be aware:
Download Change of name for an Adult application - PDF
Download Change of name for a Child application - PDF