Ordering Your Marriage Certificate
If you were recently married you would have been presented with a ceremonial certificate. This is unable to be used when changing names with banks and some other organisations as it is missing some security information. You need to apply for your full marriage certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) in the state where your wedding took place.
Wedding certificates are usually available to order about 2 weeks after your ceremony. Once your order is received by BDM it takes about 7 to 10 days for it to be sent out to you. This certificate is essential when changing names. We can provide the wedding certificate application form for your state in any of our name change kits however fees to apply for your certificate can only be paid to BDM and are in addition to our kit.
How you use your marriage certificate to change names
Many businesses, particularly financial institutions, need to see original proof of your entitlement to be known by a different name. In many cases you'll need to visit places in person to show your original marriage certificate and to have your new signature witnessed.
Many other businesses need to safeguard your account, but may not be as stringent as banks. You are often requested to send a certified copy of your certificate by mail. There are a few companies that will be happy to receive a photocopy of your marriage certificate or even just a photocopy of updated photo ID.
It's hard to know which company needs to see what as they all set their own requirements. The only way to know for sure is to contact each and every company, or buy an Easy Name Change kit. We've contacted hundreds of Australian companies and create ready to send letters and faxes in your name to send off to all your nominated companies. Each notification states at the bottom what document to include, like photo ID or your marriage certificate, and also if it should be an original, certified copy or photocopy.
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