Change the name of your baby

If your baby was born in the Northern Territory (NT) and is under 12 months old, you can change their name by completing a statutory declaration. Follow these steps.

Step 1

Complete a statutory declaration:

  • if both parents are named on the child’s birth certificate they must complete the double statutory declaration (33.0 kb)
  • if one parent is named on the child’s birth certificate you must complete a statutory declaration (18.2 kb) - it must include all of the following: 
    • the child’s full old name 
    • the child’s full new name 
    • a reason for the change. 

Step 2

Sign the statutory declaration in front of a witness who is 18 or older.

Step 3

Submit your documents in person or by mail to a Births, Deaths and Marriages office.

You need to submit all of the following:

  • the completed statutory declaration (it must not be a copy)
  • proof of identity documents for the parents or one parent making the application, making sure any copies are certified
  • your child’s existing NT birth certificate with the old name - if you can’t find their birth certificate, you will need to complete a statutory declaration form
  • payment for the amendment fee - check the fee.

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Last updated: 16 August 2018