The process to change a name depends on whether:
- You’re an adult (over 18 years of age) or child
- Whether you were born in Victoria or overseas
If you were born interstate, apply to the Registry in that state or territory .
You can change your name only once in a 12 month period and 3 times in your lifetime.
Changing your name after marriage, separation or divorce
Read Changing your name after marriage, separation or divorce if you want to change your family name:
- To your spouse's
- Back to your own family name.
If you were born and married in Australia you don’t need to apply for a change of name. Just give the relevant organisations a copy of your Australian marriage certificate.
Please choose the page that matches your circumstances:
|Person whose name is being changed||Born in Victoria||Born overseas|
|Adult (over 18)||Change your name - adult born in Victoria||Change your name - adult born overseas|
|Child||Change your child’s name – child born in Victoria||Change your child’s name – child born overseas|
Deed polls are no longer used in Victoria for a change of name. Learn more about getting a copy of a deed poll certificate.