The process to change a name depends on whether:

  • You’re an adult (over 18 years of age) or child
  • Whether you were born in Victoria or overseas 

If you were born interstate, apply to the Registry in that state or territory (External link).

You can change your name only once in a 12 month period and 3 times in your lifetime.

Changing your name after marriage, separation or divorce

Read Changing your name after marriage, separation or divorce if you want to change your family name:

  • To your spouse's
  • Back to your own family name.

If you were born and married in Australia you don’t need to apply for a change of name. Just give the relevant organisations a copy of your Australian marriage certificate.

Apply online

Please choose the page that matches your circumstances:

More about changing a name in Victoria: for adult or child, born in Victoria or overseas.
Person whose name is being changed Born in Victoria Born overseas
Adult (over 18) Change your name - adult born in Victoria Change your name - adult born overseas
Child Change your child’s name – child born in Victoria Change your child’s name – child born overseas

 

Deed poll

Deed polls are no longer used in Victoria for a change of name. Learn more about getting a copy of a deed poll certificate.