Just Married: Name Changing List & Tips

The first step should be to order your marriage certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages first.  Some government departments and financial institutions may insist on your BDM certificate, not the ceremonial certificate issued on the day of your wedding.

Get photo ID in your new name as soon as possible. Some companies accept updated photo ID as proof of name change.

Take some photocopies of your photo ID under your old name before changing. Driver licenses often need to be surrendered, so it can help to have a copy should you ever need to prove your old name.

Set aside a day to get all your name change notifications done at once. Name changes that drag out can occupy a lot of head space and cause problems if you need to prove your identity.

Set a deadline for your name change. Aim to get all your accounts, memberships and paperwork into your new name within a month of starting.

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Proof of Name Change

Marriage Certificate (from BDM)

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Government

Driver’s licence

Car registration

Passport

Electoral roll

Australian Taxation Office

Medicare

Council (for property owners)

Centrelink

ASIC (Business Owners)

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Utilities

Electricity provider

Gas provider

Water provider

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Communications

Home phone account

Mobile phone account

Internet

Pay TV

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Finance

Bank accounts

Credit Cards

Store Cards

Building Societies

Investment accounts

Mortgage

Personal loans

Share holdings

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Insurance

Home / contents insurance

Car insurance

Health insurance

Life insurance

Income protection insurance

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Memberships

Library memberships

Gym membership

Subscriptions

Frequent Flyer membership

Loyalty programs (eg FlyBuys)

Video libraries

Automobile Clubs

Professional memberships

Sporting associations

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Health

Doctor

Dentist

Optometrist

Ambulance subscription

Specialists

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Employment & Education

Your employer

Australian Business Registrar (if you are a company director)

Superannuation funds

Alumni organisations

High School

Your children’s school

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Other

Your will

Title Deeds office

Real estate agent (if renting)

Lawyer / Solicitor

Accountant

Tollway accounts

Your Email Account/s

Ebay & PayPal

facebook / LinkedIN

Instagram

Pinterest

Australian Organ Donor Register

Vet

Pet microchip company

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