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Change your child's name
You can apply to change your child's name if they are under 18 years of age and are Victorian born, or overseas born and have been residing in Victoria for at least 12 months before your application.
If your child was born interstate, you must apply to the Registry in the State or Territory of your child's birth.
How to apply
To change your child's name, download a Child change of name application form.
Who can apply to change a child's name
In most cases, both parents of a child must complete the application to register the child's change of name.
We can only accept an application from one parent if:
- only one parent is named on the child's birth certificate
- the other parent named on the child's birth certificate is deceased (provide a certified copy of the death certificate as proof)
- the County Court of Victoria (external link) or Family Law Courts (external link) issue a court order stating that your child's current name is to be changed to the new name. Once you have the court order, complete the Child change of name application form and include a certified copy of the court order with your completed application. Information on how to certify your documents is included in the application form.
If you are the child's legal guardian, and not the child's birth parent, you can apply to register the child's change of name if you provide proof that you are the child's legally appointed guardian. You must also provide either:
- Proof that the parents cannot be located
- Proof that the parents are deceased, or
- A court order instructing us to change the child's name without the parents' consent.
You may have to provide additional documents. Contact us for more advice.
Unless you meet the criteria for a sole parent or guardian application, both parents must:
- Fill out the whole application form
- Sign the application in front of a qualified witness, who must also sign your application
- Submit all required proof of identity documents (see the application form or proof of identity page for more details).
- By mail: Submit certified photocopies of each document. See the proof of identity page for advice on how to get your photocopies certified.
- In person: If you are attending the Registry's Customer Service Centre, or submitting your application at a Justice Service Centre, bring both the original documents and photocopies of the original documents so that they can be certified.
- Pay the application fee. You can pay by:
- By mail: Visa, MasterCard, money order or bank cheque
- In person: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, money order or bank cheque. Cash is not accepted.
- We do not accept personal or business cheques for name changes.
If your child is 12 years old or over, they must give their consent for their name to be changed and sign the form in front of a witness.
The success of your application will require you to:
- return all original birth certificates or change of name certificates previously issued to your child by the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
- respond to all questions honestly and accurately on this application form
- provide a clear reason for your child’s chosen name
- choose a name that is not considered to be obscene or offensive, too long, includes numbers or symbols without phonetic significance, makes a statement or phrase, resembles an official title or rank recognised in Australia, or is considered to be against public interest
- disclose all previous change of names and previous names used in the community for your child
- prove the identity of each parent and your child through the provision of certified proof of identity documents
- respond to the Registrar's request for further information.
What type of certificate will your child receive?
After changing your child's name
If you have already changed your child's name, your child is still under 18 and you want a replacement certificate, you can simply apply online for a birth certificate (external link) (if your child was born in Victoria) or a replacement change of name certificate (external link) (if your child was born overseas).
You can also apply by mail, or in person at our Melbourne Customer Service Centre (CSC) or at selected Victorian Justice Service Centres (JSCs). To apply by mail or in person, you will need to download and complete a birth certificate application form.
We recommend you keep all Registry-issued documents safe and secure.