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Change of name after marriage

Depending on where you got married, you may not need to register a name change after marriage, separation or divorce.

Changing your surname after marriage

Married in Australia

If you want to use your spouse's name after getting married in Australia, you do not need to register a change of name.

If you were married in Victoria you need to apply for a marriage certificate. If you were married outside Victoria, contact the Registry office of the state or territory where your marriage happened.

Note. Most organisations will not accept the certificate you received on your wedding day.

Married overseas

If you were married overseas and want to use your spouse's name, you may need to register a change of name because some organisations do not accept your non-Australian marriage certificate as evidence of your right to assume your spouse's surname.

 

Changing your surname after separation or divorce

Married in Australia

If you were married in Australia and want to go back to your previous family name after separation or divorce, you do not need to register a change of name. Instead, you will need your Registry-issued marriage certificate and your birth certificate.

Note

  • Most organisations will not accept the certificate you received on your wedding day.
  • Most organisations will only accept a standard birth certificate, not an extract of birth.

Married overseas

If you were married overseas and want to go back to a previous family name, we recommend that you check with the organisation requesting your identity documents before registering a change of name or ordering a certificate. You can also Contact us for more advice.