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Changing your name

You can change your legal name in Queensland once every 12 months if you are 18 or older.

You don’t usually need to apply to change your name if you are changing it after marriage, separation or divorce. Organisations will have different requirements for what proof they need and how you tell them, so you should contact them directly.

You can apply to change your name with us if you were:

If you were born or adopted in another Australian state or territory, you need to apply to the interstate registry office.

If your application is approved, we will send the official certificate you have chosen and you will need to change your name with every organisation you have a personal account with.

Certificate options

If you were born in Queensland, you will be able to choose either an updated birth certificate or a change of name certificate (or both). If you were born elsewhere, you may only get a change of name certificate.

The application fee includes 1 free certificate. Additional certificates attract an extra cost.

Change of name certificates only provide some birth information, the new name and any previous change of name registered in Queensland by us—not including a change of name through marriage. They are not proof of birth details.

Documents you will need to provide

If born or adopted in Queensland

You must provide:

  • certified proof of ID
  • evidence explaining the reason if your current name is different to the name on your birth certificate, such as
    • marriage certificate
    • family deed poll document
    • change of name document.

Your application will not be approved if:

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

If born or adopted overseas

You must provide:

  • certified proof of ID
  • a copy of your birth certificate—if you can’t get one, we may accept another evidence of birth document (more about this below)
  • evidence explaining why if your current name is different to the name on your birth certificate, such as
    • marriage certificate
    • family deed poll document
    • change of name document.
  • a copy of your Australian citizenship certificate if you are a citizen.

If you can’t provide a birth certificate, we may accept one of these instead (however, you will also need to provide a statutory declaration explaining why the certificate isn’t available, and including your name at birth, as well as your date and place of birth):

  • an Australian visa
  • a travel document
  • a passport issued by your country of birth with a letter from the consulate confirming your details.

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

You also need to show that you currently live and have lived in Queensland for the past 12 months, such as:

  • rental agreement
  • rates notice
  • utility bills
  • a letter that
    • is dated and signed on letterhead by either
      • your current employer
      • your doctor
      • your educational institution
      • the Australian Electoral Commission
      • your accountant
      • your financial institution or bank manager
      • your real estate agent
    • states how long you have lived in Queensland
    • states how long the person or organisation has known you.

Your application will not be approved if:

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

Rules for changing your name

To change your name, you must:

  • choose a name that is not a prohibited name
  • not have changed your name in the past 12 months
  • give a detailed reason for your name change.

If you are in the custody of corrective services, you must get written approval from the Chief Executive of Corrective Services or the Police Commissioner before applying to change your name. Failing to do so is a criminal offence.

How to apply

To apply to change your name, you need to:

  1. Read and understand the rules above.
  2. Choose how you would like to pay the fee.
  3. Review your details.
  4. Read the email we send you to find out how to finalise your application.
  5. Have your proof of ID and supporting documents certified by a Justice of the Peace or another authorised person.
  6. Have another adult (18 or older) witness your signature on the declaration section of the application form.
  7. Submit your signed application form, supporting documents and payment (if you chose not to pay online) by post.

Fill in the change of name application form

Submit by post

Post your completed application form with your certified documents and payment (if you didn't pay online) to:

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

We will begin to process your application when we receive it along with your documents.

Pay the fee

When applying, the total cost is calculated as you fill in the application form online.

You can pay:

  • online
    • by credit card (Visa or MasterCard)
  • 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 of name application form

Application fees

ItemCost
Change of name (includes 1 official birth or change of name certificate) $194.20
Additional official birth or change of name certificate $51.30
Urgent application $102.00

Processing timeframe

Our processing timeframes apply to correctly filled out applications that have been submitted with all the required proof of ID and supporting documents (as required).

They apply once we receive applications submitted by post.

If an urgent application does not comply, so we have to ask for more information or documentation, you can be assured it has already been reviewed before others. When your application becomes compliant, we will continue to be process it urgently.

Priority Number of business days
Non-urgent applications (average processing time—no additional fee) 7
Urgent applications ($102.00) 3

Postage fees

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

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

ItemCost
Express post $7.35
Registered post $5.40
International registered mail $17.70


We value identity protection, so we recommend that you choose registered post to ensure the delivery of your certificate can be tracked and delivered to you more securely within Australia.

International registered mail is used for overseas deliveries. However, this can’t be tracked and signing on delivery is only available in some countries.

Certified and translated identity documents

When applying by post, you must have your supporting documents 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).