Legal change of name
Change the name of your baby
Changes to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996
From 31 August 2022, changing your name in the Northern Territory will be different.
This does not apply to applications submitted before or on 30 August 2022.
Read more about these changes.
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.
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.
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.
Last updated: 31 August 2022
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