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Change of Name Hints for Newly Weds

In Australia, a married woman can decide to either retain her maiden name or take on her husband’s surname after the wedding.  Although less common, a married man can take on his wife’s surname after the wedding.  Some couples choose to hyphenate both surnames and both partners change to this new surname.  Alternatively, only the woman uses the hyphenated surname.   In all these situations, it is advisable the couple discuss the matter of surnames openly and jointly decide on their approach, preferably before the wedding.


If you’ve decided to change your surname, you will need to notify all the relevant organisations requesting them to update their records and if applicable, issue you with new documents .  If you have changed your address since the wedding, then you should notify them of the new address at the same time.


Some organisations will request to sight the original Marriage Certificate issued by Births, Deaths & Marriages while others may accept a certified copy.  When you receive the official Marriage Certificate from Births, Deaths & Marriages, it's probably a good idea to have a number of copies certified by a Justice of the Peace in one go.  As a Justice of  the Peace myself, I would be more than happy to certify your official Marriage Certificate or other documents.  You can search for a NSW Justice of the Peace here


Below is a list of organisational groups that you may need to notify.  Before you begin, visit their website or call them to find out their process as each organisation is different.

Government
Medicare
Centrelink
Passport
Electoral Roll

Tax Office

Driver’s Licence

Boat Licence
Car Registration
Postage Service
Licensing Bodies
Regulatory Bodies

Financial Services
Banks
Credit and Store Cards
Credit Providers
Superannuation
Investments
Shares

Insurance
Medical
Car, Boat etc
Home & Contents
Life Insurance

Landlord's Insurance

Housing
Landlord
Real Estate Agent​

​​Memberships
Clubs
Associations
Gym
Frequent flyer or other loyalty schemes

Utilities
Council Rates
Water Services
Electricity Services
Gas Services
Phone & Internet

Professionals
Accountant
Solicitor

Schools

Child Care Centres

Financial Advisor
Industry Bodies
Trade Associations

Employment

Payroll
Unions / Associations

Health Care
Doctor
Dentist
Optometrist
Specialists