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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.
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:
Apply in person
Before appying in person, consider if you really need to. We recommend applying by post or at a Service NSW Service Centre.
In most cases it is not necessary to make an appointment to lodge your application. However if you feel you need to speak to us in person before applying, please book an appointment for an interview at a Registry Office.
Apply by post
Most of our customers choose to apply by post as it is more convenient. To prove your identity, attach copies of identification, and proof of residence documents (if born abroad). Have your documents certified by a Justice of the Peace, and attach to your application and mail in.
Download a Change of name for an adult application [Fillable PDF 1.4MB]
Download a Change of name for a child application [PDF 912kb]
For people not born in Australia, you can download a one page fact sheet in these languages:
English [PDF 100kb]
Arabic- عربي [PDF 200kb]
Chinese Simplified- 中文简体 [200kb]
Chinese Traditional- 中文繁体 [PDF 200kb]
Vietnamese- Tiếng Việt [PDF 200kb]