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  • Update your name

    You can update your name and title:

    You need to verify Australian identity documents online to update your name or title online or by phone.

    If you are a foreign or non-resident individual and you don't have an Australian identity document, you must update it by post.

    Online using the ATO app or your myGov account

    This is the fastest way to update your name or title.

    You will need a myGov account linked to the ATO and at least one of the following identification documents:

    • Australian full birth certificate – not an extract
    • Australian marriage certificate
    • Australian change of name certificate.

    Follow the steps to:

    Update your name online using myGov

    To update your name online:

    • sign in to your myGov accountExternal Link
    • select Australian Taxation Office under Your services, which will take you to the ATO online home page
    • from the menu, select My profile then Personal details
    • select Update name and title from below your name
    • choose whether you are updating a previous name or updating a new name
    • select the identification document you will be using to verify your name change
    • select the box to agree to checking your identity document with the issuing agency then select Next
    • select the state or territory of issue and complete the fields provided for the identity document you are using.

    Update your name online using the ATO app

    To update your name using the ATO app:

    By phone

    We can update your name over the phone if you have the right documents. Phone us to speak to a customer service representative.

    You’ll need at least one of the following identification documents that can be checked over the phone:

    • Australian full birth certificate, not an extract
    • Australian marriage certificate
    • Australian change of name certificate.

    We'll check your documents with the relevant issuing agencies. If we can't make the changes over the phone, we'll give you other options.

    By post

    Download and fill out the form Change of details for individuals and post it to the address on the form.

    Include a certified copy of your original identification document. Don't post original identification documents – we may not be able to return them to you.

    You must not change your documents in any way.

    It can take up to 28 days to update your records after we receive the form.

    Foreign and non-resident individuals

    If you are a foreign or non-resident individual who doesn't have an Australian identification document, supply both:

    • the change of details form
    • a translated and certified copy of one of the following
      • an overseas passport
      • an overseas birth certificate
      • a national photo identification card
      • an overseas government-issued identification
      • an overseas marriage certificate
      • a driver's licence (the address must match your address on our systems).
       

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    Last modified: 30 Jul 2021QC 44770