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Changing your child's first names within a year of birth

You can change your child’s first names with us once before their first birthday if they were born or adopted in Queensland.

You will need to use a different application form if you want to change their:

If your child was born or adopted in Australia but outside of Queensland, you need to apply to the interstate registering authority.

If your application is approved, you will need to change your child's name everywhere they are registered within the community.

Rules for changing your child’s first names

To change your child’s first names before their first birthday, you must:

  • not have changed your child's first names before
  • have consent from the parents shown on your child’s birth certificate
  • choose a new name that is not a prohibited name.

Who can apply

If you are the child’s mother and there are no details for your child’s father on the birth certificate, you can apply on your own.

If both parents are shown on the child’s birth certificate, we  need both parents to consent to change the child’s name.

If consent can’t be obtained from both parents, you can apply to change your child’s name if one of the following applies:

  • you have a Queensland magistrates court order that specifies the child's name on their birth certificate and the proposed new name
  • one parent is deceased, in which case a death certificate will be required.

If you are a legal guardian (appointed under the law of a state or the Commonwealth), you can apply to change the child’s name if you have both:

  • evidence of legal guardianship issued by a court
  • a Queensland magistrates court order that specifies the child's name on their birth certificate and the proposed new name.

Contact your nearest Queensland magistrates court for more information on getting an order.

Documents you will need to provide

You must provide:

  • certified proof of ID for both parents (read the rules above if both parents are shown on your child’s birth certificate or you are a legal guardian)
  • evidence explaining the reason if your name or the child’s current name(s) differ from the names on your child’s birth certificate, such as a
    • marriage certificate
    • birth certificate
    • change of name document.

Your application will not be approved, if:

Detailed rules and requirements are outlined in our change of name and prohibited name policies.

How to apply

To apply to change your child’s first names, you need to:

  1. Read and understand the rules above.
  2. Complete, download and print the change a child's first names application form.
  3. Attach certified proof of ID for both parents and the correct certified supporting documents, as required.
  4. Have another adult (18 or older) witness your signature(s) on the declaration section of the application form.
  5. Pay the fee.
  6. Submit your application form, supporting documents and payment to us by post.

By post

Post your completed application form with your certified documents and payment to:

Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 15188
CITY EAST   QLD  4002

Pay the fee

You will need to work out the total cost of your order and make sure you pay the correct amount.
You can pay:

  • at the customer service centre
    • by EFTPOS or credit card
    • with a business account cheque
    • with a bank cheque
    • with a money order
  • through the mail
    • by credit card
    • with a business account cheque
    • with a bank cheque
    • with a money order.

We will accept cash at the customer service centre, but prefer contactless payments such as EFTPOS or credit card.

Make cheques and money orders payable to 'Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages'.

We do not accept personal cheques.

Fill in the change your child's first names application form

Application fees

ItemCost
Change your child’s first names before they turn 1 $22.70
Standard birth certificate (standard postage included) $50.40
Commemorative birth certificate package (1 standard birth certificate and standard postage included) $65.60

Postage fees

Standard postage is included in the price when you order a certificate to be sent by mail.

You can request to have your certificate sent by express or registered post for a fee.

ItemCost
Express post $7.15
Registered mail $5.40
International registered post $17.70

Contact us

Online: Our general enquiry form.

By phone: Local call* 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

International +61 7 3328 4811 (+10 hours UTC)

(Phone lines open Monday–Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm)

*Costs may be higher from mobile phones and interstate.