- After registering your change of name you will receive a certificate which is valid for all legal and official purposes, including proof of identity.
- You must supply a valid reason for the change.
- You can apply to change your name once in a 12-month period, and 3 times in your lifetime.
About applying to register a change of name (under 16)
You must supply a valid reason for the change. Births, Deaths and Marriages are required by law to ensure that any change of name is not for fraudulent or improper purposes.
How to apply
|firstname.lastname@example.org||By appointment at the Births, Deaths and Marriages office on 1300 135 513||Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages|
30 Gordons Hill Road
ROSNY PARK TAS 7018
What you need to apply
You must provide
- a completed application form (PDF, 402KB) including:
- proof you are the child's parent or guardian
- personal contact and information details for you and the child
- the child's new name
- a valid reason for the name change
- proof of identity documents
- payment for the fee.
Can I apply?
To apply your child must:
- be under 16
- be born
- in Tasmania, or
- interstate but have lived in Tasmania for 12 months or over, or
- overseas but have obtained an Australian citizenship or permanent residency and have lived in Tasmania for 12 months or more
- have both parents completing the application.
One parent can apply for a child if:
- they are the only parent on the birth record
- one parent is deceased
- they have obtained a court order approving the child's change of name.
A court-appointed guardian may only apply if there is proof that the parent(s) cannot exercise their parental responsibilities.
Proving your identity
You must prove your child's identity by providing:
- identity documents to the Births, Deaths and Marriages office with your application (by appointment), or
- certified copies of the identity documents by email or by post. To certify a document, you need to take the original and a photocopy to either a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Declarations to be certified.
You must provide the following:
- Proof of place of birth of the child
An Australian or overseas birth certificate (if not in English, you must also provide a translated version).
- Proof of right to live in Australia
If your child was born overseas you must provide one of the following:
- Australian citizenship certificate
- Australian passport,
- Australian visa and overseas passport
- Department of Immigration and Border Protection Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status.
- Proof that your child has lived in Tasmania for at least 12 months
If your child was born outside of Tasmania you must provide one of the following:
- school reports, invoices for school, childcare or preschool fees
- Centrelink family payment advice
- healthcare statement.
Proof of your identity as the parent or guardian
You must also prove you are the child's parent or guardian by supplying:
- One document from each of the lists below, or
- Two documents from List 2 and one from List 3, or
- One document from List 1 and two from List 2.
- Australian driver licence
- Australian or overseas passport
- Australian firearms licence
- Australian Government issued Immicard
- Australian citizenship certificate
- Tasmanian Government personal information card
- Australian or overseas birth certificate (if not in English, you must also provide a translated version).
- Medicare card
- Credit card or bank card with signature
- Australian security guard or crowd controller Licence
- Department of Veteran Affairs or Centrelink pensioner concession card or other entitlement card issued by Australian Government
- Government issued working with vulnerable people card
- Standard birth certificate issued in Australia
- Student identity card with photo issued by educational institution.
- Utility account (electricity, water, sewerage, telephone, gas)
- Lease or rent agreement
- Council rates notice
- Australian Taxation Office assessment
- Current school report card or exam certificate
- Financial institution statement (including passbook, credit, savings or cheque accounts).
Please note that you cannot use the same identity document twice.
How much it costs
|Type of registration||Description||Cost|
Change of name registration
Application to register a change of name including the issue of a change of name certificate sent by registered post.
Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.
- If you send the child's original birth certificate to Births, Deaths and Marriages with the application, they will exchange it for an updated version showing the new name.
- If you've registered a change of name and need a replacement certificate apply online or use the change of name certificate application form (PDF, 473KB).
Please visit Births, Deaths and Marriages for more information on applying to register a change of name for a child under 16.