To do so, you must complete a full passport application form and present original documents to support your identity and citizenship, as well as evidence that links all of your name changes.
In certain situations a passport holder who changes their name can apply for a replacement passport in their new name to be issued free of charge.
If you were born and live overseas and can demonstrate that you do not meet Australian RBDM residency requirements to register a name change, you may use the name in a foreign name change, marriage or registered relationship certificate*, provided this was issued after you obtained Australian citizenship, and has been properly legalised or apostilled by the issuing government.
To have a foreign document legalised or apostilled by the issuing government, you should contact the relevant foreign embassy or consulate in Australia.
If you change your name during the validity of your passport, you should consider applying for a new passport in your new name.
For renewal applications, you need to keep the exact same name that’s currently printed in your passport.
When changing your last name due to a change in relationship status, you will need to submit documents as proof, such as: The document you submit to support your application must show the name you’re asking to have on your new passport.
If you are legally changing your name you will need to renew your passport.
The full fee is payable and no concessions are given for validity of your prior passport.
All applicants will also need to lodge their application at the post office.
Interview times can be arranged by calling 13 7678.
This includes changes of family name resulting from new marital status; transliteration, Anglicisation or altered spelling of names (for example, Guiseppe to Joseph; Shaun to Sean); and gender transition.
The following are examples of name changes and the required documentation: If you are presenting foreign documents that are not written in English, you must provide a full English translation prepared by an approved translation service.
Your guarantor doesn’t need to sign copies of these documents.