Follow this process to change your name if you're:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Born in Victoria or,
  • Born overseas and living in Victoria for at least the last 12 months. 

If you were born interstate, apply to the Registry in that state or territory (External link).

You can only change your name once in a 12 month period and 3 times in your lifetime.

Changing your name after marriage, separation or divorce

To change your family name to your spouse's or back to your own family name, see Changing your name after marriage, separation or divorce.

Deed poll

Deed polls are no longer registered by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria. See Deed poll for information about how to get a copy of a deed poll certificate.

We'll ask you for the following information during the application process:

1. Your current details

At a minimum, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal details, such as name and date of birth
  • Reason for changing your name
  • Original (not copies) birth certificates
  • Credit history (if changing your full name)
  • Previous name history.

2. Your chosen name

  • Chosen first name
  • Chosen family name.

Generally, we accept most names. However, there are some exceptions, including names that are obscene or offensive, too long, include numbers or symbols without phonetic significance, make a statement or a phrase, resemble an official title or rank recognised in Australia, or are considered to be against public interest.

See Naming restrictions and the Change of name policy.

3. Proof of your identify

You need to prove your identity by providing certified copies (External link) of both:

  • One document that shows both your photo and your signature such as a passport (Australian or overseas) or driver licence. If you can't provide this document, complete Part Nine of the form (Guarantor)
  • Two documents that demonstrate you live in the community, such as Medicare cards or credit cards.

Refer to the application form for a full list of the documents accepted.

4. Proof of residency (if born overseas)

If you were born overseas, you'll be asked to provide proof that you have the right to live in Australia and that you've been living in Victoria for at least the last 12 months before your application. The documents that you can use to prove this are covered in the application form.

Update your documents

After you've changed your name, it's your responsibility to update your identity documents. Common documents include your:

  • Driver licence
  • Passport
  • Bank accounts
  • Electoral enrolment
  • Utility accounts
  • Superannuation
  • Insurance

Changing your name again

A change of your legal name should not be entered lightly. You can only change your name once in a 12 month period and 3 times in your lifetime.

If you have previously changed your name you will need to show evidence that you have been using this name for at least 12 months before you can apply to us to change it again.

If you were born in Victoria

You get a new birth certificate showing your name at birth and your new name. A history of the changes will also be shown on the back of the certificate.

The certificate is valid for all legal and official purposes.

If you were born overseas

You get a 'Change of name' certificate showing your name at birth and your new name. A history of the changes will also be shown on the back of the certificate.

The certificate is valid for all legal and official purposes.

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

Processing start date Processing time Pick up/delivery
Date received

Full application
with eligibility and
proof of identity documents

20 days

Standard processing

5 days

Priority assessment
(Additional non-refundable fee)

Pickup
595 Collins Street
Melbourne

or

6 days
Australia post

Track the progress of your certificate

Additional copies

If you applied for more than one copy of a certificate, each will be posted separately for security reasons, unless you asked for them to be sent by Registered Post.

We'll post them all on the same day, but bear in mind that Australia Post may deliver them on different days.

Registration and certificate fees

Change of Name Registration + Certificate Priority processing
(optional)
$106.10 +$112
Includes:
 
  • Registration fee: $72.20 (non-refundable)
  • Standard Certificate: $31.80
  • Additional fee
  • Non-refundable
  • Application assessed in 5 days

Postage fees

Postage - see Australia Post (External link) for product details Price

Australia

 
Standard post/Handling $1.00

Registered post (Standard)

Note: We do no send commemorative certificates by Registered post.

$7.30

Express post

Note: 

  • We do not send commemorative certificates by Express post.
  • This is not a priority service fee - standard Turnaround times still apply.
$7.70

Outside Australia

 
Airmail (Standard post) $3.60
Express Courier International $52.00