How much does it cost to change names?
The total cost of changing your name depends on your reason and how far through the process you may already be. First, you need a certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. If you already have a divorce order, marriage certificate or legal name change certificate this cost does not apply. If you don't yet have a certificate there are costs payable directly to BDM. We can supply the application form for any of these documents in our personalised kits.
A marriage certificate costs anywhere from $30 to $60, depending on your state's BDM fee structure. If you already have a marriage certificate you don't need to apply for another one.
Divorce/Separation Name Change
If you are divorced you would have been issued with a Divorce Order by the court. If this lists your old and new names you do not need any other documents.
If you are separated you'll need both your marriage and birth certificates. Replacement certificates from BDM costs between $30 and $60 each, depending on your state's fee structure.
Legal Name Change
Depending on your state, a successful legal name change costs anywhere from $55 (VIC) to over $200 (SA). For current certificate costs visit the BDM website for the state where your event took place or read the relevant section in the Easy Name Change guide.
Other costs you can expect
An Easy Name Change personalised kit costs $29.95 (email) or $69.95 (by post)
A replacement passport with the same expiry date is free if you apply within 12 months of your marriage or divorce. Full renewal fees apply if your passport has under 2 years validity, for name change due to separation or legal name change. A new 10 year passport will set you back around $240.
The average person usually doesn't incur any further charges, however each organisation sets their own policy with name change. Although it is rare, you may have a membership card with an organisation that charges replacement fees, or you may need a solicitor to certify a document. These charges depend on your companies and are therefore dependent on your own situation. These requirements and fees are at each organisation's own discretion and are beyond the control of Easy Name Change.
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