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.
Complete a statutory declaration:
- if both parents are named on the child’s birth certificate they must complete the double statutory declaration
- if one parent is named on the child’s birth certificate you must complete a statutory declaration - it must include all of the following:
- the child’s full old name
- the child’s full new name
- a reason for the change.
Sign the statutory declaration in front of a witness who is 18 or older.
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.