How to change names in New South Wales

If you live in NSW and are changing names from marriage, divorce, or separation or are legally changing names we’ll save you hours. If you are adding or removing your spouse’s surname and were married in Australia you need the official marriage certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM). If you were married abroad or changing your name for any other reason you’ll need to lodge a legal name change with BDM NSW.

If you were born in NSW, apply for your legal name change with Births, Deaths and Marriages in NSW. You can also apply if you were born overseas but have resided in NSW for the past 3 years. If you were born interstate you need to apply with BDM in that state. Fees vary from $130 to $270 and processing takes anywhere from 2 to 14 weeks.

Got your official marriage or legal name change certificate? Then you can start using your new name straight away! Visit a Service NSW location to get your state driver’s licence and any other NSW government credentials updated (eg: security licence, high-risk work licence, working with children cards). Most banks, Centrelink and your passport also need in-person visits. For the rest, simply send off our notifications!

People typically have 26 different places to notify once their name is changed. Allow 8 hours over several days to contact each one, learn the process and prepare any paperwork. Got better things to do? Then let Easy Name Change provide personalised and ready to send forms, letters and emails. It only takes 10 minutes! Our extensive database has over 800 listings across 16 categories. You’ll get name change procedures and forms for local organisations such as E-toll and Opal card, as well as national organisations like Zurich and Telstra.

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