How to change your name after marriage

Change your surname after marriage in AustraliaIf married in Australia, you can take the surname of your husband, wife or partner or add their surname to yours, without registering

How to change your name after marriage

Change your surname after marriage in Australia

If married in Australia, you can take the surname of your husband, wife or partner or add their surname to yours, without registering a name change.
You can use your official marriage certificate to prove your new name. Learn how to change your surname after marriage in Australia.Listen


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Surname options

  • You can take your partners surname
  • Your partner can take your surname
  • You can combine your name and your partners name with a hyphen

For any other change of name, you need toapply to change your name.


New certificate paper

From 2 August 2021, all of our certificates will be printed on new security paper.


You will need an official marriage certificate

Sample of a standard marriage certificate with green tick, and sample of a commemorative marriage certificate with a red cross.

To update your married surname, you need an official marriage certificate (not a commemorative certificate) from the registry in the state or territory where you were married.

  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Northern Territory
  • Australian Capital Territory

Married overseas?

If you were married overseas your certificate may not be accepted, and you mayneed toapply for an official change of name.

How to change your surname after marriage in Australia


Update your name on your NSW Driver Licence

  • At Service NSW Take your official marriage certificate and current driver licence to your nearest ServiceNSW centre. Ask for them to update your drivers licence with your new married name. Once approved a new drivers licence will be sent to you within 1-2 weeks.

Update your name on your Medicare Card

  • At a Medicare Service Centre Use your official marriage certificate to update your name on your Medicare Card.
  • By email You can also email Medicare Enrolment Services your Medicare Card number, your name before marriage and date of birth, your new married name and attach a copy of the marriage certificate.

Once processed, your new Medicare Card will be posted to you within 1-2 weeks.

Update your name everywhere else

Next, make a list of other places you want to update your details, and contact them. Your updated marriage certificate, and your new drivers licence and Medicare Card will provide the proof you need in most cases to update to your married name.

Other placesto update your surname

State government

  • NSW Land Registry, for home owners
  • NSW Rental Bond Board, for renters
  • NSW Pet Registry, for pet owners

Federal government

  • Australian Electoral Commission
  • Australian Passport Office
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Centrelink

Other businesses

  • Banks and building societies
  • Insurance and superannuation providers
  • Mobile phone and internet providers
  • Utility providers
  • NSW Registry of Births Deaths & MarriageseastName changes and corrections
  • Change your surname after marriage
  • Change of name
  • Replace certificates after a change of name
  • Correct an entry
  • Add a parent to a birth registration
  • Change of sex
  • Notifying government organisations after a name change
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