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    The Registry issues certificates for changes of name which have been completed in New South Wales after 1 April 1996. You can apply for a replacement certificate if the change of name is registered in NSW.

    Who can apply

    If you have changed your name or your child's name and require a replacement 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:

    • Complete a Letter of Authority [PDF 90kb], 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 acting for the person named on the certificate or require the certificate for a legal purpose . For more information see Factsheet for applications by solicitors [PDF 170kb]

    What you'll need

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

    • Three forms of your own ID

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

    • Letter of Authority [PDF 90kb], 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 
    • Three forms of your own ID

    Fees

    Type
    ​$AUD
    ​Replace a change of name certificate
    ​$58
    *A fee of $27 applies for priority processing.

    Identification

    You must provide at least three forms of current 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. If you are unable to comply with these requirements, and need further advice please contact us

    ​Category
    ​Identification 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/Crow control licence
    • Tertiary education institution ID card
    4
    • ​Recent utlity account with current residential address (issued within last three months)

    Processing time

    Processing begins when we have received your complete and correct application. Certificates are delivered by registered post when you apply by post, online or with Service NSW. Certificates can be collected in person when you lodge at a Registry Office.

    For detailed information about certificate turnaround time see Processing times

    How to apply

    You can apply online, by post, or in person.

    Apply online

    Download a Replace a change of name certificate application [Fillable PDF 467kb]

    Apply in person