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 document proving your name change. This could be a marriage certificate which you already have, in which case you send our our name change notifications straight away. If you are yet to apply for a legal name change certificate allow an extra 8 to order and receive your certificate.

Get your Certificate

Once married, 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 ceremonial certificate issued on your wedding day to change names 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. Some states have online ordering where your identity can also be verifide online. Otherwise request the paper form in your Easy Name Change kit. If you need to mail in certified copies of your supporting ID. 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.

Fees are set by BDM in each state and varies between $110 (Victoria) to over $260 (SA). Contact BDM for your state's for current fees, or check the Easy Name Change guide, included in all kits.

Successful applicants receive their legal name change or amended birth certificate in around 4 to 8 weeks. Make around 10-20 copies and have up to half certified.  Then allow about an hour to sign and send all your Easy Name Change letters, emails 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 6-8 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 legal name change certificate, up to 8 weeks in processing, then you need to notify each organisation.

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