After you've changed your name, it's your responsibility to update your identity documents. Common documents include your:. A change of your legal name should not be entered lightly. You can only change your name once in a 12 month period and 3 times in your lifetime.
If you have previously changed your name you will need to show evidence that you have been using this name for at least 12 months before you can apply to us to change it again. You get a new birth certificate showing your name at birth and your new name. A history of the changes will also be shown on the back of the certificate.
You get a 'Change of name' certificate showing your name at birth and your new name. Track the progress of your certificate. If you applied for more than one copy of a certificate, each will be posted separately for security reasons, unless you asked for them to be sent by Registered Post. We'll post them all on the same day, but bear in mind that Australia Post may deliver them on different days.
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Home Changes and corrections Change your name Change your name. Follow this process to change your name if you're: Over 18 years of age Born in Victoria or, Born overseas and living in Victoria for at least the last 12 months. What you'll need to do What you receive Processing and delivery Fees and payment We'll ask you for the following information during the application process: Your current details At a minimum, you'll be asked for: Personal details, such as name and date of birth Reason for changing your name Original not copies birth certificates Credit history if changing your full name Previous name history.
Your chosen name Chosen first name Chosen family name. One document that shows both your photo and your signature such as a passport Australian or overseas or driver licence.
Refer to the application form for a full list of the documents accepted. Proof of residency if born overseas If you were born overseas, you'll be asked to provide proof that you have the right to live in Australia and that you've been living in Victoria for at least the last 12 months before your application. Update your documents After you've changed your name, it's your responsibility to update your identity documents.
Common documents include your: Changing your name again A change of your legal name should not be entered lightly.
As this is a new process, there is no clear timeline for the process to take place. Families are advised to allow at least weeks for the full process, although it may take significantly less when the initial backlog is completed. You must choose Victoria as the state of birth for the online application to proceed, but the system will allow you to type in the Chinese town if you wish.
You can also lodge your documents at a Justice Service Centre see www. On 1 July the Adoption Act was amended to enable the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to register the adoption of a child whose adoption was finalised in a Hague Convention country. This enables the issue of a Victorian birth certificate in respect of the child.
The Victorian Government committed to this amendment following consideration of the recommendation made in the Australian Government report Overseas Adoption in Australia, Report of the Inquiry into the Adoption of Children from Overseas From 1 July the State Central Authority Department of Human Services, Intercountry Adoption Service must cause a memorandum of an adoption that was finalised in a Hague Convention country to be sent to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, who will then register the adoption.
This will enable the Registrar to issue a birth certificate for the child when an application is made by the adoptive parent s.
For those adoptions finalised after 1 July , the practice will be for Department of Human Services Intercountry Adoption Service to send the memorandum soon after the child arrives in Victoria. For adoptions from Hague Convention countries finalised before 1 July , a memorandum will be sent by Intercountry Adoption Service, if requested in writing by the adoptive parent s , or by the child if over Website Design by Total Marketing.
This is the current situation: Applying for a Victorian birth certificate for your child involves five steps...