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Change of Name

Changes of given name and surname

An adult person may change their name by completing a change of name (adult) application form.

Read the instructions carefully to determine whether a change of name can be registered in Western Australia.

The parents of a child may apply to change their child's name using a separate form.

Note: If you were born in another State or Territory of Australia you must apply to change your name in your birth State. You cannot apply to the WA Registry.

Change of name after marriage

Any person who marries in Australia may choose to assume their spouse's surname. This is done as a matter of custom and not of law.

A certificate of marriage issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages is usually sufficient evidence to have personal documentation changed to a married surname.

If married overseas, you may have to register a formal change of name with the Registry before your married surname is accepted by some government or private agencies. An overseas marriage cannot be registered in Western Australia.

Return to your maiden surname

There is no legal requirement for a formal change of name if you wish to keep your maiden name (surname at birth or after adoption).

However, to avoid difficulties with obtaining recognition of your maiden name, registration of the change is recommended.

Changes of name are registered under Part 5 of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998.

Privacy and Disclosure of Information

See Privacy and Disclosure of Information webpage.

Contact details

Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
Department of Justice

Level 10, 141 St Georges Terrace
PERTH  WA  6000
Phone: 1300 305 021
Fax: (08) 9264 1599

PO Box 7720
Cloisters Square

Hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

To avoid the usual busy times consider visiting the Perth Registry between 8.30 am to 10.00 am or 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Last updated: 16-Oct-2020

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