Once you have made the decision to change your surname it can be hard to know where to start. Who do you need to contact and what information do they need to see? Which companies do you have an account with? Do you need to send your name change request by mail or do you have to visit offices in person? It’s probably refreshing to know that there is an easy and logical way to go about this.
Firstly, a word of warning about booking tickets for your honeymoon. As the Australian passport office will not let you change your name before your wedding, you will need to ensure any airline tickets are booked in the same name as appears on your driver’s license (domestic flights) or passport (international flights).
If you decide to change your name at work then it is best to let your employer know before you get married. Let them know when your wedding is and when you would like to start using your new name from. You may want to start using your new name immediately after your wedding or honeymoon. They can set up your email, internal directories, business cards and any internal systems to use your new name.
After your wedding you will need to get your marriage certificate. Virtually every organization you have an account or membership with will only need your marriage license as evidence of your new name. You do not need to go through a legal name change process, unless you are electing to take a surname different from your husband’s.
Once you have your marriage license make a list of all the organizations you have an account or membership with. We’ve listed a comprehensive checklist to help you with this task:
Once you have listed all the companies you need to notify you should allow 15 minutes per company to call, confirm name change procedures, supporting document requirements and mailing address. Most companies will require you to put your name change request in writing so you can create your letter, attach required documents and send off.