Changing your name formally

If you were born in the NT or have lived in the NT for more than 3 months, then you or your parent or guardian can apply to the NT Births, Deaths and Marriages Office to have your name changed.

Under 18

If you are under 18 and have never been married, your first or last names can usually only be changed if your parents or legal guardian apply to the NT Births, Deaths and Marriages Office on your behalf.

  • Both of your parents will need to apply for you, unless:
    • Only one parent is named on your birth certificate; OR
    • One of your parents has died; OR
    • You are under the care of a guardian; OR
    • The Supreme Court approves an application to change your name, even though it is made by only one parent, because this is in your best interests. 

If you are under the care of a guardian, then your guardian may apply to have your name changed.

In exceptional circumstances the court will allow a person under 18 to change their name without the consent of their parents/guardians.

If you are under 18 and married, or you have been married before, see the section on Over 18’s (below).

Over 18

If you are over 18, you can change your name by applying to the NT Births, Deaths and Marriages Office for registration of a change of name. If you are under 18 and you are married (or have been married before), you can change your name in the same way.

Click here to find out more about changing your name and to download the application form.

This information was last reviewed in April 2009
   
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