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 registration 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

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.

Read the application form to find out what evidence is needed for your specific application.

Change a child's name

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. Application form

Complete and sign the form – Application to register a change of child's name

2. Supporting evidence

Attach copies of your proof of ID and supporting evidence to your application.

3. Lodgement

Book a change of name appointment

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

Change an adult's name

Women don’t need to register their new name with CBS if they:

  • get married and take on their husbands surname
  • decide to go back to their previous surname at any time.

Find out from the relevant authorities, eg - bank to find out what evidence you require before you register a change of name if:

  • you took your wife's name when you married
  • you have an overseas marriage certificate.

1. Application form

Complete and sign the form – Application to register a change of name

2. Supporting evidence

Attach copies of your proof of ID and supporting evidence to your application.

3. Lodgement

Book a change of name appointment

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

Fees

The following application fees apply:

  • register a change of name for an adult or child’s name (includes 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 application:

  • 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 7 July 2017

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Last Updated:
07/07/17
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