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									       Robin Shine Registered Marriage Celebrant A6267


GENERAL CHANGE OF NAME INFORMATION

Since 14 April 1999, it has been possible to acquire a name by
repute or usage in Western Australia.

However, government authorities and private organisations
usually require documentary evidence of a person's identity and
have the right to determine what evidence of a person's name,
or change of name, it requires.

CHANGE OF NAME AFTER MARRIAGE

Any person who marries 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.

CHANGES OF GIVEN AND SURNAMES FOR OTHER
REASONS

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

Please read the instructions carefully to determine whether a
change of name can be registered.

The parents of a child may similarly apply to change their
child's name using the same form and similar requirements.

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.




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

HOW DO I CHANGE A NAME?

To register a change of name, you need to apply to the Registry
of Births, Deaths and Marriages. You must complete an
Application to Register Change of Name form and forward it to
the Registry with the appropriate fee and the required
documentation including identification documents. If you were
born outside Western Australia, proof of residency must be
provided.

If you, your legal spouse or defacto partner and children (under
18 years) wish to change your names, you may all apply on the
same application form for the one fee and individual change of
name certificates will be issued.

You can only change your name once in any 12 month period
unless there are exceptional circumstances. This does not apply
if you are reverting to your immediate past name.

HOW TO REGISTER AN ADULT'S CHANGE OF NAME

If you are an adult (18 years and over) you may apply for a
change of name if:

     you were born in Western Australia
     your birth was registered in Western Australia
     you are a permanent resident of Australia and are
      domiciled or ordinarily reside in Western Australia
     you are an Australian citizen and are domiciled or
      ordinarily reside in Western Australia.

DOCUMENTATION

     A birth certificate for adults born in Western Australia is
      not necessary. If you were born interstate, a birth
      certificate is required.
     If you were born overseas, your birth certificate or current
      passport is required. If you now have Australian
      citizenship, your citizenship certificate is required.
     If born outside Western Australia, proof of residence must
      be provided.


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     For women married outside Western Australia, your
      marriage certificate/s is required.
     Proof of any previously registered name change must be
      provided.
     Photocopies of original documents will only be accepted if
      they are certified as a 'true and correct copy' by a Justice
      of the Peace or a solicitor.
     Overseas documents must be translated into English by an
      accredited translator.

Important

     Refer to instructions on Page 1 of the application before
      completing the form.
     Print clearly. Symbols and abbreviations must not be used.
     Initial all alterations and do not use correction fluid
      otherwise the form will not be accepted.
     Original documents must be shown if your application for
      change of name is lodged in person. If your application is
      lodged by post, photocopies of original documents are
      acceptable. Any photocopies must be certified as a 'true
      and correct copy' by a Justice of the Peace or a solicitor.
      Overseas documents must be translated into English by an
      accredited translator.
     Faxed application forms will not be accepted.

HOW THE CHANGE OF NAME IS REGISTERED

If your application is approved, you will receive a change of
name certificate which authorises the use of your new name.

If you were born in Western Australia, your original name will
remain on your birth certificate and your new name will also
appear on the certificate as a notation. An amended birth
certificate can be obtained on payment of an additional fee.

If you were born interstate, the Registry will notify the birth
state of the name change.

Name changes may be notified to other organisations such as
the police department, passport office, Department of
Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs etc.




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                      CHANGE OF NAME
                       HANDY HINTS

Some people choose to change their surname when they get
married.

Many organisations accept a photocopy of the Certificate of
Marriage which is presented to you on your wedding day.

All companies and Government departments will accept
the registered Certificate of Marriage that is available on
application to the registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.


If you complete and return the application form to me (with the
requisite fee) prior to the wedding day then it can be lodged with
your marriage documents and some photo ID. It usually takes a
few weeks for the registered Certificate of Marriage to come
back to you in the mail.

I can provide you with the form or alternatively it is easily
downloaded from the website https://www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au.
You can complete it at any time and send it to Births, Deaths
and Marriages with the fee and necessary proof of identity
documents.

The following site...
https://www.lifeevents.wa.gov.au/servlet/LifeEvent?eventID=65
&;jsessionid=aaa8HvDO0uKQc4 is very useful if you have to
contact many agencies to advise of your change of name.

Sometimes it pays to call the place you need to advise of your
change of name and clarify their requirements.

If the bride is planning to change her surname the following
may require the name change to be notified after marriage:

     driver's and vehicle licence (if not long before expiry leave
      it, however once changed to new name many places will
      accept this as your new primary form of identification)
      www.dpi.wa.gov.gov.au/licencing



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     bank accounts
     insurance policies (personal, home, content)
     passport (if not long before expiry leave it)
     utilities (gas, electricity, water etc.)
     your local council if you pay rates
     bride's will, if lodged (needs changing in any case, and
      have spouse included as a beneficiary - and groom should
      do likewise)
     Electoral Commissions
     Australian Tax Office
     credit cards
     product loyalty cards
     library cards
     blood donor card
     Centre-link (Social Security, Family Payments, etc.
      entitlements may change with marriage and one does not
      want to be up for unintentional fraud or owing for
      overpayments)
     memberships [health clubs, local clubs, frequent flyer, etc.]
     doctor, dental, other health care records
      accountant and other professionals
     car insurance
     mortgages, rental agreements
     work contacts [pay slips, tax info, superannuation]

This list may not include all the people that you need to contact
but I hope that it is helpful in getting you started on this
important task.




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