Name Change

To change the name on your birth certificate you will need to fill out a name change statutory declaration form.

This declaration needs to be signed in front of a Justice of the Peace or other authorised person.

The information required includes your new names, and your birth names. No other documentation is required for this unless you have previously changed your name, or if your citizenship is in another country. In those cases, some additional info may be required.

This form also contains an application for a copy of your birth certificate with your new legal name.

You will need to fill in this form and send it in the post to the address given on the form, to receive your new birth certificate. The fee for the name change and a copy of your new birth certificate is around $150.

Department of Internal Affairs have the answers to frequently asked questions regarding name changes on their website.

Here is an example of a statutory declaration, and how to fill one in.

Gender Marker

It’s now becoming relatively simple to change your gender marker on your birth certificate.

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) have a page here which explains the process.

It does sound a bit technical but it’s fairly straight forward in theory. If you need any support with your application, get in touch and we can talk you through the process or assist you with the application.