Key info

  • 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.
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    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

    EmailIn PersonPost
    bdm@justice.tas.gov.auBy appointment at the Births, Deaths and Marriages office on 1300 135 513Registry 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.

    Identity documents

    You must provide the following:

    1. 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).

    1. 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.
    1. 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 registrationDescriptionCost

    Change of name registration

    Application to register a change of name including the issue of a change of name certificate sent by registered post.

    $211.25

    Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

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    More Information

    • 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.