How long does it take?
There are a few steps involved in changing your name. First, get a certificate proving your name change, which can take a little longer for anyone changing names legally. Then you can get all your records updated - the same process to update records applies no matter what your reason for changing names.
Get your Certificate
Once you're married, it takes about 2 weeks for your full Marriage Certificate to be available from Births, Deaths and Marriages. 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 you are reverting to your maiden or prior name you also need your Birth Certificate or a 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 $95 (Victoria) and over $200 (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 within about 4 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.
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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 plus birth certificate follow the same steps to get your records updated.
- Receive the documents needed from Births, Deaths and Marriages
- Purchase an Easy Name Change kit
- Standard kits are immediately after purchase. Premium kits are delivered within 10-15 working days.
- Put aside a few hours to get photocopies and certified copies of your documents.
- Allow an hour to sign letters and faxes, complete any forms and add supporting documents before sending.
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.
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