If you believe there's an error on your change of name certificate, you can apply to have it corrected. There's no fee to do this.

You can only apply to correct your own change of name certificate, or your child's if they're under 18 years of age.

If the correction is for a child, both parents need to apply. If you're a single parent, you'll need a court order before applying to change your child's name.

Correcting a change of name certificate isn't the same as actually changing your name. See Change your name.

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

1. Details of the person on the certificate

As a minimum, we ask for:

  • First name and
  • Family name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth.

2. The original 'Change of name' certificate

We ask that you return the original birth certificate before we can issue a new corrected version.

If you don't have the original, you'll need to apply for a new birth certificate once we've corrected the birth record. Fees will apply.

3. Evidence to support the correction

The evidence we ask for depends on the correction you want to make. See Evidence required

For documents in a language other than English, provide an English translation by a qualified translator. Approved translators can be found at naati.com.au (External link) or by contacting Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 1450.

4. Proof of your identify

In most cases, you can prove your identity with certified copies (External link) of your driver licence and Medicare card.

Example drivers licenceExample medicare card

Alternatively, there are other ways to prove your identity.

If you're applying for a child over 18, you'll also need to provide third-party authority.

The evidence listed below covers the most common correction requests. If you can't provide the evidence listed, send the best evidence you have available.

If we hold the evidence (for example, a birth certificate) you don't need to provide a copy of it.

Correction Acceptable evidence

Any name on the certificate

Provide evidence of correct name:

Australian born:

  • Birth certificate

Overseas born:

  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship certificate or Australian visa.
Date or place of birth

Evidence of correct date or place of birth:

  • Australian birth certificate
  • Overseas birth certificate, or
  • Overseas passport.

How long will it take for a corrected certificate to be issued?

Processing start date Processing time Pick up/delivery
Date received

Full application
with proof of identity and evidence

20 business days Pickup
595 Collins Street
Melbourne

or

6 days
Australia post

Track the progress of your corrected 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.

If the original Birth or 'Change of name' certificate is returned If the original Birth or 'Change of name' certificate IS NOT returned
No fee $32.40

The price of a standard birth certificate applies

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