Legal change of name
Legally change your name
To change your name, you will need to be over 18 years old and either:
- a resident of the Northern Territory (NT) for more than 12 consecutive months
- or born in the NT.
How to change your name
If you are more than 18 years old and want to change your name, follow these steps.
Step 1. If you were born in the NT, complete the change of name application below:
If you were born interstate or overseas complete the application below:
Step 2. Make sure you have completed the criminal history section of the form.
You'll also be asked to consent to a National Police Check.
Step 3. Sign the form in front of a witness over 18 years old.
Step 4. Submit your original documents in person or by mail to a Births, Deaths and Marriages office.
You need to submit all of the following:
- your completed application
- proof of identity documents and evidence of any previous name changes, such as change of name, marriage or birth certificate
- a detailed reason why you are changing your name - statements like ‘I want to’ or ‘personal’ are not detailed enough
- a marriage certificate if you are changing your name after getting married
- payment for the change of name fee - check the fee
- your previous birth certificate, if you were born in the NT.
If you weren't born in the NT: extra documents you will need
If you weren’t born in the NT, you will also need to submit all of the following:
- proof that you've been a resident of the NT for 12 consecutive months. You can use any of the following:
- bank statement with your name and current address, showing transactions within the NT
- Power and Water bills with proof of payment, showing your name and current address
- rates notice showing your name and current address and proof of payment
- a formal rental agreement showing your name, current address and contact details for your landlord or real estate agent
- official payslips from an employer in the NT showing your name and your employer's name or ABN number.
- proof of identity documents that match your current name, making sure any copies are certified. If the name is not the same, you must provide a birth certificate and any previous change of name certificates.
- proof of citizenship or permanent residency status in Australia for applicants born overseas.
Step 5. Change your birth certificate to your new name
Born in the NT
If you were born in the NT, you can have your birth certificate changed to your new name. This is not mandatory.
You will need to submit all of the following:
- any existing birth certificates with your old name - if you can’t find your birth certificates, you will need to complete a statutory declaration form
- proof of identification and evidence of any previous name changes such as change of name, marriage or birth certificate.
- a detailed reason why you are changing your name - statements like 'I want to' or 'personal' are not detailed enough
- payment for the change of name fee - check the fee.
You must submit your original documents (not copies) in person or by mail to a Births, Deaths and Marriages office.
Born in another state
If you were born in another state, you have the option to ask the Births, Deaths and Marriages office in the NT to notify your home state or territory of your change of name.
If you want your birth registration and birth certificate changed to your new name, you will need to contact your home state or territory’s Births, Deaths and Marriages office to arrange this and pay the fee.
Lost or misplaced change of name certificate
If you have previously registered a change of name in the NT and need another change of name certificate, you should do the following:
Step 1. Fill in the application for certified copy of a name change.
Step 2. Provide identity documents.
Step 3. Pay the fee.
Last updated: 20 December 2018
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