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Want to keep your maiden name at work, but change names everywhere else? It's perfectly legal to be known by different names in different places.
There's no registration of your new name after marriage. Just start using it. You need to contact all your companies and request your account to be changed.
Thanks to same sex marriage being legalised in 2018, this process is now much easier! If you're a groom taking your spouse's name you may encounter a few hiccups, but the process is now available to any spouse in a marriage.
At your wedding you will be presented with a marriage certificate which is unable to be used as evidence of your new name when applying for a passport or driver's license.
Marriage certificates issued by foreign government departments are not accepted as evidence of your new name by most Australian organisations. You'll need a legal name change with Births, Deaths and Marriages from the state where you were born.
Your celebrant may arrange your wedding certificate to be delivered soon after your ceremony. If not, order from Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) in the state where your wedding took place.
Just married and want to change names in your passport? You can do this for free if you have at least 2 years remaining on your current passport.
When it comes to changing names after a wedding, each spouse has 4 options available to them. Any of these changes can be taken with only your marriage certificate as evidence of your new name.
Regardless if you are changing your name as a bride or groom, your Marriage Certificate is the only legal document you need to present as evidence of your name.
You may be changing names from divorce, separation or perhaps you just want your old name back! Regardless of the reason, the process is much the same. You probably already have the documents needed to reclaim your former name!
So you’ve just come through a divorce and the only thing left is a name you don’t want? We’re here to help you understand the legalities and process to ditch that name and reclaim your former glory!
Name change for children is quite common and can occur for a number of reasons: children may take a new surname as parents divorce or marry, spelling mistakes on birth certificates may be corrected or adopted children may take a new family name.
Legal name change can only be done by Births, Deaths and Marriages. We can help you understand the process and get your accounts updated afterwards.
If you’re a NZ citizen living in Australia you can change names in either country. You’ll need to consider which country you have more accounts in, what passports you hold and where you intend to live in the future.
Australian permanent residents can legally change their name in Australia; however, there are special considerations. The form can be lengthy and the whole process can take from 4 to 16 weeks, depending how organised you are.
When changing your name with banks, credit providers and financial institutions it is a good idea to include a verified copy of your 100 points of ID with along with a verified copy of your marriage certificate.
Change names with the ATO online, over the phone or by mail. It's no big deal if you don't notify them straight away - your new name will be registered by the ATO on your next tax return.
You can change your name on the electoral roll via the form below unless you believe that having your name on a publicly available electoral roll may engender the safety of you or your family, in which case you will need to contact the Australian Electoral Commission
Driver’s licences & vehicle registrations are issued by each state. Change your driver’s license first as it will make other changes easier down the track.
Hooray! This page is no longer necessary due to same sex marriage passing in 2018
Now you have decided what your new married name will be, you'll have around 25 or so companies to contact. It can be a long tedious process taking weeks! We can provide ready to send paperwork in just minutes.
There are a few steps involved in changing your name and it can take a little longer if you are changing your name legally. It can take around 2 weeks to lodge your application for a marriage or legal name change certificate, up to 8 weeks in processing, then you need to notify each organisation.
The total cost of changing your name depends on your reason and how far through the process you may already be. If you already have your BDM certificate you can use our kits to have your name changed everywhere witin a week or two.
Whilst it is common for married name change to take place within a few months of a wedding, there is no legal time frame required.
Check out this video to see just how easy it is to change your name by using Easy Name Change.
Temporary process change due to COVID-19. You are no longer required to attend a Medicare office to change names. Complete a form and send in by post or email.
If you live between 2 countries or have 2 passports you may be wondering where to change names. We explain the technicalities of where to change names and provide some important considerations.
It’s free to update your passport provided you can show a BDM marriage or relationship certificate. If married abroad you will need a BDM legal name change certificate plus your foreign marriage certificate with an approved translation if applicable.
These are documents that have been checked against the original by a trusted professional. Many professionals will certify your documents free of charge and it is a simple process.
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Easy Name Change is quite possibly the world's best name change service. We operate in the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK and New Zealand and have been around since 2008.
We don't just provide government forms. Our service also creates ready to send letters, faxes, provides company specific forms and detailed name change procedures for all your companies.
Each listed company has been contacted to have their name change procedure verified. No blank templates, no guess work and no rejected name change applications.
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