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Changing your child's name before they turn 18

You can change your child’s first name once with us before their first birthday and once between the ages of 1 and 18. You can change your child’s family name once every 12 months.

You can apply to change your child’s name if your child was:

  • born or adopted in Queensland
  • born or adopted overseas and has lived in Queensland for the past 12 months (and currently live in Queensland).

See changing your child’s first name within a year of birth to find out how to apply to change your child’s first name before they turn 1.

If your child was born or adopted in another Australian state or territory, you need to apply to the registering authority interstate.

If your application is approved, we will send the standard certificate you choose and you will need to change your child's name everywhere they are registered in the community.

To change your child's name in person at the Brisbane registry, request an interview appointment.

Rules for changing your child’s names

To change your child’s names between 1 and 18, you must:

  • not have changed your child’s first name before or only before their first birthday
  • not have changed your child’s family name in the past 12 months
  • have consent from both parents on your child’s birth certificate
  • have your child consent to changing their name (if aged 12 to 17)
  • choose a new name that is not a prohibited name
  • give a detailed reason for your child’s name change.

If your child is in the custody of corrective services, you must get written approval from the Chief Executive before applying to change their name. Failing to do so is a criminal offence.

Who can apply

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

If you are a single parent, you can apply to change your child’s name if one of the following applies:

  • you are the child’s mother and there are no details for your child’s father on the birth certificate
  • you have Queensland Magistrates Court order
  • one parent is deceased—a death certificate will be required.

If you are a legal guardian (you have been appointed under a 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.

Please contact us for more information on getting an order.

Documents you will need to provide

Queensland born or adopted child

If only one of the parents shown on your child’s birth certificate is applying, you will need evidence to support this.

You must provide:

  • certified proof of ID for both parents (read the rules above if you are a single parent or legal guardian)
  • linking evidence, if your or your child’s current name(s) are different to the names on your child’s birth certificate, such as a
    • marriage certificate
    • family deed poll document
    • birth certificate
    • change of name document.

Overseas born or adopted child

You must provide:

  • certified proof of ID for both parents (read the rules above if you are a single parent or legal guardian)
  • a copy of your child's birth or adoption record—if you can’t get one, you must provide an evidence of birth document, such as
    • their citizenship certificate
    • their Australian visa
    • a travel document
    • their passport issued by their country of birth plus a letter from the consulate confirming your child’s details.
  • linking evidence, if your or your child’s current name(s) are different to the names on their birth certificate, such as a
    • marriage certificate
    • family deed poll document
    • birth certificate
    • change of name document.
  • a copy of your child’s Australian citizenship certificate, if they are a citizen.

If original documents are not in English, please have them translated into English by an accredited translator and provide a certified copy of the original document with the original translation.

You will also need to provide evidence that your child is currently living and has lived in Queensland for the past 12 months, such as a letter. The letter should:

  • be dated and signed by your child’s
    • day care
    • school
    • doctor
    • employer.
  • state how long they have lived in Queensland
  • state how long the person or organisation has known your child
  • be written on their letterhead.

How to apply

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

  1. Read and understand the rules above.
  2. Complete, download and print the change of name application form.
  3. Attach certified proof of ID for both parents and the correct supporting documents, as required.
  4. Get another adult (18 or over) to 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
    1. in person by requesting an interview appointment at the Brisbane registry customer service centre at Level 32, 180 Ann Street, Brisbane with a registry officer to lodge your application with us; or
    2. by post.

In person by requesting an interview appointment

To submit your completed application form in person, you need to book a 30 minute interview appointment with a registry officer.

Our online service allows you choose the date and time of your interview at the Brisbane registry customer service centre at Level 32, 180 Ann Street, Brisbane.

You will be asked for your name, email and mobile number to book your interview, and you will get an email to confirm your appointment. The email will also allow you to easily reschedule or cancel your booking, if necessary.

Please note: bookings require at least 2 business days' notice. We will be closed Monday 25 December 2017 for the Christmas break. We will re-open on Tuesday 2 January 2018 at 8.00am.

  1. I understand *
  2. Was your child's birth or adoption registered in Queensland? *
  3. Don't request an interview

    If your child was born or adopted:
    • • in another Australian state or territory
    • • overseas and doesn't currently live in Queensland (and has not lived in Queensland for the past 12 months).

    You need to apply to the registry office interstate.


Privacy statement

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages is collecting your personal information for the purpose of facilitating your interview booking online and for contacting you in relation to your booking. Your personal information will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose unless authorised or required by law. Your personal information will be handled in accordance with the provisions of the Information Privacy Act 2009.

Other booking options

You can also book your interview appointment with us by:

  • calling

    Local call* 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
    International +61 7 3405 0985 (+10 hours UTC)

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

    *Costs may be higher from mobile phones and interstate.

  • visiting the Brisbane registry customer service centre at Level 32, 180 Ann Street, Brisbane.

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 to pay the correct amount.
You can pay:

  • at the customer service centre
    • by EFTPOS or credit card
    • with cash
    • 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.

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

We do not accept personal cheques.

Application fees

ItemCost
Change of name (includes 1 standard birth or change of name certificate) $177.40
Additional standard birth or change of name certificate $46.60

Urgent application fee

We process correctly filled out change of name applications in 7 business days. You can pay an additional $93.15 fee to get your application processed urgently—within 3 working days.

If an urgent application is not compliant, meaning we have to ask you for more information or documentation, it has been reviewed before others. When your application is compliant it will continue to be processed urgently.

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 posted by express or registered post for a fee.

ItemCost
Express post $6.10
Registered mail $4.90
International registered post $15.90

Fill in the changing your child's name application form

Certified and translated identity documents

If you are not applying in person, you must have the supporting documents you provide certified by a qualified Justice of the Peace or another authorised person before you post them to us.

For original documents that are not in English, you must provide a translation from a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

If you can't speak and understand English, you may bring an interpreter to your interview appointment.

Get the PDF form

If you are unable to complete the application form online, you can use the PDF application form and apply by post or in person.

Get the change of name under 18 years application form

What next?

If you application is approved, you will need to contact every organisation your child is registered with.

Start by making a list. Your list may include:

  • Medicare
  • school
  • doctors/dentist
  • insurance policies
  • your will
  • bank accounts
  • memberships
  • others
Last updated
29 September 2017
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