On April 09 1999 it became legal for Australian citizens or permanent residents over eighteen years old to change their name by simply using the name they want to be known by, but some agencies may request legal proof of a change of name to correct heir official records.
The first step in any change of name procedure is to consider the name you wish to bear, the Australian government has guidelines concerning the legally accepted names for their citizens, find out exactly what the laws of your region says and make sure your name fits within what is accepted by law.
According to the laws of Australia you can legally change your name without registration with the regulatory offices. To do this, notify all family and acquaintances of your change of name. However to update your records with all government and private agencies that may have your contact you need legal proof of your change of name.
For this proof you should get an application from the Registry of Death, birth and Marriages to register the change of your name, you should purchase Form 206-CNA to change an adult’s name and Form 207-CNC to change a child’s name.
Complete this form and return it to the offices of the regulatory body, with the application fee and other documents requested. For adults identification must include: driver’s license and an Australian passport. Additionally you would be requested to bring other forms of identity to prove that you are legally residing in Australia, you are who you say you are and you are not changing your name for fraudulent purposes. You should follow the instructions and make sure you submit the original documents or copies of them to the Registry of Death, Birth and Marriages.
To change a child’s name you would need to supply proof of consent to the change of name from the child’s parent(s) registered in the birth certificate or a death certificate to prove their death.
However a judge may grant an application for a change of name to a single parent with out the consent of the other. Instances where the child is a teenager or older his/her opinion would be sought by the judge on the change of name.
When the change of name petition is granted, you would be presented with a certificate that legally proves the change of your name. You should then make a list of all government or private agencies that have your past records with a copy of your change of name certificate, a record of your data with them and the fee they would request for a change or renewal of your records and any other documentation they may request. Your list should include: the Australian Passport Office, the Australian Taxation Office, the Commonwealth Electoral Commission, the Post Office, the Phone Service Offices, and the Driver and Vehicle licensing body.
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