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Changing your name

In Queensland, if you’re over 18, you can change your legal name—if you’re not doing so for criminal purposes, such as committing fraud—once every 12 months.

You can apply to us to change your name if you were born or adopted in Queensland, or born overseas and have lived in Queensland for the past 12 months.

To apply to change your name you need to:

  • pre-fill our over 18 change of name application form online
  • download the completed form
  • have another adult witness your signature on the form’s declaration, and
  • submit it by post or in person.

We will not accept your form if it is not completed in full. You must make any accents, hyphens, capital letters and spaces very clear—for example Renée, Smith-Jones, McLeod, Van der Berg.

If you need to make changes to the form after you have printed it, you must start again (pre-filling and downloading a new form). We will not accept crossing out, white out or correction fluid/tape or handwriting on your form.

If you were born or adopted in Queensland, you can choose whether your new name will appear on your birth certificate. If you choose to have the new name on the re-issued birth certificate, it will appear on the front of the certificate and previous names on the back. If you choose not to have the new name appear, your birth certificate will state that a change of name has been registered but will not state your new name.

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

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

Rules for changing your name

To change your name:

  • your new name must not be a prohibited name
  • you must give a detailed reason for your name change—for example, your mother might have remarried and you want to have the new family name, or your current name might be difficult for people to spell and pronounce. Simply writing ‘personal’ or ‘passport’ is not enough and we may need to return your application
  • if you are in the custody of Corrective Services—you must get written approval from the Chief Executive before making an application to change your name. Failing to do so is a criminal offence.

Prohibited name

The Registrar-General may refuse to register a name that is obscene, offensive, too long or not in public interest.

Documents you will need to provide

You must be able to provide supporting documents if you or your parents have previously changed your names—such as a marriage certificate, family deed poll document, or birth or change of name document.

If you were born or adopted overseas, you also need to provide:

  • a copy of your birth certificate. If the original birth certificate is not in English, please have it translated into English by an accredited qualified translator
  • a copy of your citizenship (if applicable)
  • evidence of residency that you have lived in Queensland for the past 12 months —such as a letter written on letterhead, dated and signed by your employer, doctor, educational institution or the Australian Electoral Commission. The letter should state how long you have lived in Queensland and how long the person or organisation has known you.

Certified and translated identity documents

The copies of the documents you provide must be certified by a qualified Justice of the Peace or another authorised person.

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

How to apply

To apply to change your name, you need to:

By post

  1. Get copies of your proof of ID documents and evidence of residency certified by a qualified Justice of the Peace or another authorised person.
  2. Post your completed form with your certified documents to:

Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 15188
City East QLD 4002.

In person

Visit the Brisbane registry counter at 110 George Street, Brisbane with your completed form and your original proof of ID documents and evidence of residency (if born overseas).

Pay the fee

You will need to work out the total cost of your order and make sure to pay the correct, exact 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.

Application fees

ItemCost
Change of name (includes 1 birth or change of name certificate) $171.40

Urgent application fee

We process standard change of name applications in 7 business days. You can pay an additional $90 fee to get your application processed urgently—within 3 working days.

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 $5.75
Registered mail $4.80
International registered post $14.90

Fill in the application form

Contact us

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

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

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

*Costs may be higher from mobile phones and interstate.

Start the application form

Fill in, download and print the change of name over 18 years application form.

Get the PDF form

If you do not want to complete the form online, you can access the PDF form.

Get the change of name over 18 years application form (PDF, 821.6KB).

Last updated
19 September 2016

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