How long does it take?

How long does it take?


How long does it take?

There are a few steps involved in changing your name. First, you'll need a BDM certificate which proves your name change. This could be a marriage certificate which you already have, in which case you can get straight into sending out name change notifications. If you are yet to apply for a legal name change certificate it could take around 6 to 10 weeks longer.

Get your Certificate

Once you're married, you should apply for your official Marriage Certificate. Your celebrant may have arranged this for you, in which case Births, Deaths and Marriages sends this in around 5 to 8 working days. You can't use the certificate issued on your wedding day to change names with banks, passports and licences as it is missing some security information. If your celebrant has not arranged for you to receive a BDM marriage certificate, you can apply online via the BDM site or return one of the paper application forms in your name change kit.

If you are reverting to your maiden or prior name you also need your BDM Birth Certificate or a court issued Divorce Order.  Application forms are available with your kit.

Getting a Legal Name Change Certificate

Put aside a few hours to complete the Legal Name Change Application form (included in your kit). Unless you are lodging in person, you will need certified copies of your supporting documents.  It can take a few weeks to get all the documents you need together and in some cases it will be quite specific who can certify your documents so be sure to read the form closely.

Fees are set by BDM in each state and varies between $110 (Victoria) to over $240 (SA). Contact BDM for your state's for current fees, or check the Easy Name Change guide, included in all kits.

Successful applicants will receive their BDM Name Change Certificate in around 4 to 8 weeks. Make around 10-20 copies and have half certified.  Then allow about an hour to sign and send all your Easy Name Change letters, faxes and forms.

Click here for more information about the legal name change process.

Updating all your records

No matter what your reason for changing names, once you have a marriage certificate, legal name change order, or divorce order follow the same steps to get your records updated.

  • Purchase an Easy Name Change kit
  • Standard kits are sent immediately after purchase.  Premium and certified kits are delivered in around 5 days (allow up to 15 working days).
  • Certified kit customers will have all their paperwork processed for them
  • Standard and premium kit customers should set aside a few hours to get photocopies and certified copies of your documents. You may need to locate a JP.
  • Allow an hour to check forms and sign your notifications. Add the listed document, sign and send!

A few organisations require you to visit an outlet in person so your signature can be witnessed.  This includes banks, Medicare office, drivers licences and passport interviews. To save time visit on a mid week morning.

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.

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