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 in South Australia for at least the last 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.

You don’t need to register your new name with CBS if you get married in Australia and take on your partner's surname or decide to go back to your surname before marriage.

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 such as your bank, Australian Passport Office. They will tell you what evidence you need to give them.

What you'll need

CBS will ask you to:

  • prove your identity
  • show any earlier name changes
  • return any original South Australian birth certificates or change of name certificates
  • if born in South Australia, return your original birth certificate. If you do not have your original certificate, you can apply for a birth certificate.
  • if born overseas, prove that you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident and have lived in South Australia for at least the last twelve months.

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

Check estimated processing times on the CBS website to work out how long it will take to register your change of name.

Priority service is only available in exceptional circumstances (for example urgent travel) and you must provide evidence to support your priority application.

For more information about priority applications, please contact Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Register an adult's name change

1. Registration form

Complete and sign the form - Register a change of name (PDF 122KB)

2. Supporting evidence

You will need to provide ID and evidence to support your registration.

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 (PDF 122KB)
Use the checklist on page 11 of the form to ensure your application is complete.

2. Supporting evidence

You will need to provide ID and evidence to support your registration.

3. Lodgement

A client services officer can check your application at the CBS customer service centre. To guarantee that an officer will be available, it's a good idea to make an appointment first. Appointments can be made on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.

Book now

Please ensure your application is complete before attending; otherwise, you may need to book another appointment.

Lodgement without an appointment

In person

Visit the CBS customer service centre on Monday or Wednesday between 9.00 am and 12.00pm or 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm.

If you choose this option, there is no guarantee that an officer will be available to check your application.

Drop-off

Lodge your application with the concierge at the CBS Customer Service Centre. The concierge is not able to check your application so please ensure it is complete before lodging it.

Post

Post the completed form and certified copies of your ID to:

Births, Deaths and Marriages
Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001

Make sure your application is complete before attending; otherwise it may be returned to you.

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) - $260.50
  • register a change of name by order of the court or tribunal (includes a new birth certificate or change of name certificate) - $109.00

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.

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 16 July 2019

Provided by:
Attorney-General's Department
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Last Updated:
16/07/19
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