Marriage vs Commemorative Certificates
At your wedding you will be presented with a hand written marriage certificate. As this certificate does not have your family's name history or certain security features it is unable to be used as evidence of your new name when applying for a passport or driver's license.
Full marriage certificates are available from the registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages (BDM) from the state where you were married. If you don't yet have a marriage certificate you can download the application forms as part of your kit. A marriage certificate is the only official document needed as evidence of your new name; you don't need to go through any other formal process.
Other supporting documents, such as proof of identity or address, may be required when changing your name with various organisations. You may be asked to send documents as a photocopy, certified copy or provide originals. A few organisations may need you to complete their own name change form.
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