June 29, 2018

It's a really personal thing to take on your partner's name. I never assume that my clients are going to; after all, I didn't. For some people, their name is a huge part of their identity, and after spending your whole life being called 'Mr X' or 'Ms Y', it can be quite confronting to part with it. If you are wanting to change your name through marriage; here's a quick run down of what to do.


First of all; you'll be given a certificate on the day from me that looks like this -



Sorry to break it to you, but most places won't accept this as sufficient evidence to change your name.










You'll need to apply for an official marriage certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages here:,-deaths-and-marriages/apply-for-a-marriage-or-relationship-certificate.



This will take about 6 - 8 weeks to process on BDM's end, but I hear that it may get bumped up the queue if you apply for a certificate soon after your wedding date.


Once you have this, it'll be worth your while to change over some photo ID first. 



From there, it will hopefully be a little easier to change your name over now you have photo ID in your new name. Bring along your original BDM certificate with you when you visit the below places, or be prepared to send off some certified copies if you're doing this via snail mail.

  • bank (mortgages, accounts, credit cards, shares)

  • MyGov office (which covers Medicare and the ATO)

  • Centrelink

  • Insurance (health, car, house, contents, life)

  • Superannuation fund/s

  • Any wills you may have. (If you don't have one, now would be the time to set one up)

  • Payroll

  • Doctors, dentists, physio clinics etc.

  • Utilities (electricity, gas, water,)

  • Memberships (gym, library, rewards programs, RAA, sporting clubs)

  • Phone and internet provider

  • and any other places that send you mail


And finally, some tips:

  • Either party can take on their spouse's last name. All you need is the official BDM certificate and you're good to go.

  • Take a business day off and do it in person; it's quicker and will save you a lot of photocopying and time spent on hold.

  • Get photo ID changed over first, it will help make the process a little more simple.

  • If you're planning a honeymoon soon after the wedding, book everything in your maiden name! If your passport doesn't match flight information, you'll be up for some hefty fees and risk not making the flight at all.

  • Keep photocopies of your old ID, such as passports and driver's licences. They need to be surrendered when you change your name over, and you might find yourself needing them in the near future.

Good luck!








Take note; a married name change is simply an informal change. You don't need to officially change your name, all you need is your official marriage certificate from Births Deaths and Marriages before you can kick-start the process.

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