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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 can apply to change your name if you were:

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

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

If your application is approved, we will send the standard certificate you choose and you will need to change your name everywhere you do business in the community.

In most cases, you do not need to apply to change your name if you are changing your name through marriage.

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

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 before applying to change your name. Failing to do so is a criminal offence.

Documents you will need to provide

Queensland born or adopted applicant

You must provide:

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

Overseas born or adopted applicant

You must provide:

  • certified proof of ID
  • a copy of your birth certificate—if you can’t get one, you must provide an evidence of birth document, such as
    • a citizenship certificate
    • an Australian visa
    • a travel document
    • a passport issued by your country of birth with a letter from the consulate confirming your details.
  • evidence explaining the reason if your current name is different to your name on your evidence of birth document, such as a
    • marriage certificate
    • family deed poll document
    • change of name document.
  • a copy of your Australian citizenship certificate, if you are a citizen.

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

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

  • be dated and signed by
    • your current employer
    • your doctor
    • your educational institution
    • the Australian Electoral Commission
    • your accountant
    • your financial institution or bank manager
    • your real estate agent
  • state how long you have lived in Queensland
  • state how long the person or organisation has known you
  • be written on their letterhead.

How to apply

To apply to change your name, you need to:

  1. Read and understand the rules above.
  2. Complete, download and print the change of name application form.
  3. Attach your certified proof of ID and the correct supporting documents, as required.
  4. Get another adult (18 or over) to witness your signature on the declaration section of the application form.
  5. Pay the fee.
  6. Submit your application form, supporting documents to and payment to us
    1. in person by requesting an interview appointment at the Brisbane registry counter
    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.

This online service allows you choose the date and time of your interview at the Brisbane registry counter 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.

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

    If you were born or adopted:
    • • in another Australian state or territory
    • • overseas and don't currently live in Queensland (and have 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 counter 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 counter
    • 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.

Fill in the change of name application form

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 complaint 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 we receive the requested information or documentation, 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

Certified and translated identity documents

If you are not applying in person, 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).

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

Brisbane registry contact details

Located at Level 32, 180 Ann Street, Brisbane

Opening hours

Monday–Friday: 8.30am–4.30pm

Public holidays: Closed

Public holiday office closure

The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages located at Level 32, 180 Ann Street, Brisbane will be closed Monday 25 December 2017 for the Christmas break. We will re-open on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

What next?

If your application is approved, you will need to contact every organisation you have a personal account with.

Start by making a list. Your list may include:

  • passport
  • driver licence
  • car registration
  • bank accounts
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Australian Electoral Commission enrolment
  • Medicare
  • insurance policies
  • doctors/dentist
  • superannuation
  • your will
  • subscriptions
  • memberships
  • others

Get the PDF form

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

Get the change of name over 18 years application form

Replacement change of name certificate

If you have already registered a change of name and need a new certificate apply by post or in person with proof of ID.

Fill in a change of name certificate application form

Last updated
20 September 2017
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