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Changing your name through marriage

Many people choose to use their spouse’s family name once they are married—it’s a custom and not the law.

If you get married in Australia, you don't need to apply to change your name with us—this is covered by your marriage certificate.

How to change your name through marriage

If you choose to change your name when you get married, you’ll need to tell various government agencies, banks, utility suppliers and other businesses your new married name.

You may be asked to:

  • send a letter or email
  • complete a change request form (online or one they send out to you)
  • visit an office in person.

Organisations will also have different requirements on what proof they need, some may want:

  • to see your standard marriage certificate
  • a certified photocopy of your standard marriage certificate for your account file with them
  • evidence of updated photo ID
  • a combination of identity documents.

Apply to get a standard marriage certificate, if you need a certificate from us.

Queensland marriages

If you got married in Queensland, you can use your standard marriage certificate as an official proof of identity document when telling organisations about your name change.

Interstate marriages

If you got married in another Australian state or territory, you can use your standard marriage certificate from the interstate registering authority as an official proof of identity document when telling organisations about your name change.

Overseas marriages

If you were married overseas, you may need to apply to change your name in Queensland. This is because some organisations won’t accept an overseas marriage certificate as an official identification document.

This does not mean that your overseas marriage is not legal or that you have to get married in Australia. Your overseas marriage cannot be registered in Australia if it was conducted according to laws of another country and is registered overseas.

Before applying to change your name, talk to the organisations you need to update your details with about the documents they will accept.

Contact us

Email: bdm-mail@justice.qld.gov.au, we reply to online enquiries within 2 business days.

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.

Who to tell

If you choose to use your spouse's family name, 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
Last updated
14 October 2016

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