Births, deaths and marriages

Register a change of name

You can register a change of name with Consumer and Business Services (CBS) if:

  • you were born in South Australia
  • you were born overseas, but you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident and have lived here more than twelve months.

CBS can accept one name change every 12 months, and you can only change your name three times in your lifetime. Permission from the relevant authorities is required for:

  • serious sex offenders
  • serious violent offenders
  • prisoners
  • parolees.

What you'll need

You will need to make an appointment with CBS to change your name. CBS will ask you to:

  • prove your identity
  • show any earlier name changes
  • prove that you have lived in South Australia for at least the last twelve months.
  • if born overseas, prove that you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Your registration form will have specific information about what evidence is needed for children or for adults.

Register a child's name change

A child's name can't be changed unless they agree. If they are very young, a qualified independent person can decide if they are too young to understand how changing their name will affect them. These people are:

  • CBS staff
  • justice of the peace
  • notary public
  • solicitor or lawyer
  • police officer.

1. Registration form

Complete and sign the form - Register a change of child's name

2. Supporting evidence

You will need copies of your proof of ID and supporting evidence to your registration.

3. Lodgement

Book a change of name appointment

Take your registration form and supporting evidence to the appointment. The registration fee also needs to be paid at this stage.

Register an adult's name change

You don’t need to register your new name with CBS if you:

  • get married and take on your partner’s surname
  • decide to go back to your previous surname at any time.

To change your family name on documents and accounts such as your passport or bank accounts you must do so directly with the relevant authority - eg bank, Australian Passport Office. They will tell you what evidence you need to give them if you took your partner’s name when you married or you have an overseas marriage certificate.

1. Registration form

Complete and sign the form - Register a change of name

2. Supporting evidence

You will need copies of your proof of ID and supporting evidence to your registration.

3. Lodgement

Book a change of name appointment

Take your registration form and supporting evidence to the appointment. The registration fee also needs to be paid at this stage.

Fees

The following registration fees apply:

  • register a change of name for an adult or child’s name (includes a new birth certificate or change of name certificate) - $231.75
  • register a change of name by order of the court - $48.75.

You can pay for your registration:

  • in person - cash, cheque, money order, credit or debit card
  • by post - cheque, money order, credit card.

Cheques should be made payable to Births, Deaths and Marriages.

What happens next

A certificate is included when you register your new name.

Check processing times


Related information

On this site

Apply for a change of name certificate

Legislation

Births, deaths and marriages Registration Act 1996

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages

Phone

131 882

In person

91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide

Post

GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001


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Page last updated 21 February 2018

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Attorney-General's Department
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Last Updated:
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