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Note a change of name in a birth or adoption register

If you have changed your name in another state or through another legal process (such as by deed poll), you can apply to note the change with us—if your birth or adoption was registered in Queensland.

If you request an updated birth certificate, or you apply for a new birth certificate in the future, we will issue it showing both the name registered at your birth and your new name.

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

Rules for noting your change of name

To note a change of name, you must:

  • have been born or adopted in the state
  • choose a new name that is not a prohibited name
  • show evidence of your change of name
  • not have changed your name in the last 12 months with us.

Without court approval, only 1 change to a child’s first names may be noted before the child turns 18.

Documents you will need to provide

You must provide:

  • certified proof of ID
  • evidence of the change of name, such as a
    • deed poll document
    • change of name document from another state
    • court order.

If you are applying by post, you will need to have copies of your proof of ID and supporting documents certified by a Justice of the Peace or another authorised person.

How to apply

To apply to note a change of name, you need to:

  1. Read and understand the rules above.
  2. Complete, download and print the note a change of name application form.
  3. Attach your certified proof of ID change of name document(s) and the correct certified supporting documents, as required.
  4. Have another adult (18 or older) witness your signature on the declaration section of the application form.
  5. Pay the  fee.
  6. Submit your application form, supporting documents and payment to us by post or at the counter.

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

In person

Visit the Brisbane registry customer service centre at Level 32, 180 Ann Street, Brisbane and bring your completed application form, proof of ID and supporting documents.

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.

Fill in the note a change of name application form

Application fees

ItemCost
Change of name in birth or adoption register $37.90
Updated standard birth certificate $48.20

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 $6.40
Registered mail $5.00
International registered post $16.10

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.