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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 of name 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.

Fill in the note a change of name application form

Rules for noting your change of name

To note a change of name in the birth or adoption register for an adult, the name must not have been changed in the last 12 months. The same applies for noting a change to the surname of a child.

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

Prohibited names

The Registrar-General may refuse to register a name that is:

  • obscene
  • offensive
  • too long
  • not in public interest
  • a statement (e.g. Save Mother Earth).

Documents you will need to provide

You must be able to provide proof of ID, supporting documents and the change of name document—such as a deed poll document, or change of name document from another state.

How to apply

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

  1. Read and understand the rules.
  2. Complete, download and print the note a change of name application form.
  3. Attach your certified proof of ID and change of name documents.
  4. Attach the correct certified supporting documents, as required.
  5. Get an adult to witness your signature on the declaration section of the application form.
  6. Pay the application fee.
  7. Submit your application form and documents to us by post or at the counter.

By post

Post your completed application form with your certified documents to:

Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 15188

In person

Visit the Brisbane registry customer service centre at Level 32, 180 Ann Street, Brisbane and bring your completed application form and your original 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.

Application fees

Change of name in birth or adoption register $37.90
Updated 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.

Express post $6.40
Registered mail $5.00
International registered post $16.10

Fill in the note a change of name application form

Contact us

Email, 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.

Get the PDF form

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

Get the note a change of name in the birth or adoption register application form

What next?

If you still have to change your name in the community, 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 Offie
  • Australian Electoral Commission enrolment
  • Medicare
  • insurance policies
  • doctors/dentist
  • superannuation
  • your will
  • subscriptions
  • memberships
  • others
Last updated
16 November 2016
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