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Deed polls (change of name record)

What we have

We hold deed poll records that were registered with the Queensland Supreme Court in various districts across Queensland up until 2004. However, there are gaps in these records and some records are held by other agencies. The list below identifies who to contact for deed poll records depending on where they were lodged and when.

For the Supreme Court Southern District:

  • 1857 to Jan 2004 - contact Queensland State Archives
  • Feb 2004 onwards - contact Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages

For the Supreme Court Central District:

  • 1896 to Jan 2004 - contact Supreme Court Rockhampton
  • Feb 2004 onwards - contact Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages

For the Supreme Court Northern District:

  • 1874 to 1950 - contact Queensland State Archives
  • 1951 to Jan 2004 - contact Supreme Court Townsville
  • Feb 2004 onwards - contact Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages

Please note: Deed poll records can only be supplied to the person a record relates to. We are unable to assist you with records for another person unless you have received access permission from the relevant Supreme Court. To seek access permission for records from:

What we don’t we have

We don’t hold deed poll or change of name records that were not lodged with the Queensland Supreme Court. For example, if a person changed their name of repute informally or as a result of marriage or divorce, there will not be a formal change of name record.

We don’t hold deed poll or change of name records from 1 February 2004 onwards. These are held by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and customers should contact the Registry directly to access these records.

How to order a deed poll record

Please email info@archives.qld.gov.au and provide as much detail as possible about the deed poll or change of name, including where it was originally lodged, the approximate time period in which it was lodged, and the original and new names.

Providing a certified copy of a deed poll record will incur a charge - see the full list of our charges.

Urgent requests

We understand you may need your deed poll or change of name document quickly. To draw attention to this need, please mark your written request as urgent.

Contact us

Please contact us if you have questions about accessing your deed poll or change of name records or need further assistance.