Apply for a change of name certificate

If you and your immediate family have been affected by a natural disaster you can apply for a free replacement birth, marriage and change of name certificate. Information about how to apply is on the CBS website.

A change of name certificate is usually needed when you want to prove your identity for things like passports and claiming government benefits after you've registered a change of name.

If you were married in Australia and want to take your partner's surname, you should apply for a marriage certificate to use as evidence of your new surname.

Who can apply

What you'll need

The fee for a standard certificate is $57.50

What you'll need

You'll need to provide one of these combinations of documents:

  • TWO documents from list 1
  • ONE document from list 1 and ONE document from either list 2 or 3
  • ONE document from list 2 and TWO documents from list 3
  • THREE documents from list 3.

At least one document must show your name and address and one document must show your signature.

All identification documents must be current (not expired). Where a document from list 3 is provided as evidence of your address, it must have been issued within the last three months.

You can upload scanned or photographed images of your ID documents.

If you're applying online, you must include a document from list 1, or your medicare card, to be verified by the online Document Verification Service (DVS). If you live overseas, you can use your overseas driver’s licence or passport.

List 1 List 2 List 3
Australian passport Government employee photo ID card Bank statement
Australian driver’s licence Overseas driver’s licence Council rates notice
Centrelink concession card Tertiary student ID card Utility account statement (electricity, gas, water)
  Overseas passport Proof of age card
  Aviation/maritime security ID card Tenancy or lease agreement
  Medicare card Motor vehicle registration papers
  Australian firearms licence Telephone or mobile account
  Security guard or crowd control licence ATO notice of assessment
   Mortgage documents
   Australian Electoral Commission enrollment
   Seniors card
   Superannuation fund statement
   Certified academic university transcript
   Credit or debit card  

Estimated processing times

Check estimated processing times on the Consumer and Business Services (CBS) website to work out how long it will take to get your certificate.

Fast track option

Your application can be fast-tracked by paying a priority fee of $43.75

Priority service processing times for online or posted applications - processed within 1 business day.

Processing time doesn't include delivery by Australia Post. Visit for delivery information.

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages

Phone: 131 882
International: +61 8 8204 8532

GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages

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