Change of name

You can legally change your name by registering it with Births, Deaths and Marriages, Tasmania.

After your change of name has been registered, you will receive a change of name certificate. This certificate is valid for all legal and official purposes, including evidence of identity.

How do I register to change my name

You can register a change of name with Births, Deaths and Marriages if you were:

  • born in Tasmania
  • born interstate and have lived in Tasmania for more than 12 months
  • born overseas, but are an Australian citizen or permanent resident and have lived in Tasmania for more than 12 months, and
  • you are over 18 years of age

Apply here to register your change of name

Changing my child’s name

Both parents need to apply to change a child's name. Children between the age of 12 and 18 must agree to the change. Your child must be:

  • under 18 years of age
  • born in Tasmania
  • born interstate and have lived in Tasmania for more than 12 months
  • born overseas, but is an Australian citizen or permanent resident and have lived in Tasmania for more than 12 months.

One parent can apply if:

  • they are the only parent on the birth record
  • the other parent is deceased, or
  • they obtain a court order approving the child's change of name.

Apply here to register your child’s change of name

Do I need to register a change of name when I marry

You can change your name after getting married if you wish.  Apply to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the State in which your marriage occurred for an official marriage certificate as evidence of a name change.

Married overseas

If you were married overseas and wish to use your partner’s last name you may need to register a change of name.

Change of name certificates

If you’ve registered a change of name and need a replacement certificate, apply online or use the Change of name certificate application form.

If you need more help, please contact Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Updated: 16th October 2018