• Update your name

    There are a number of ways you can update your name:

    Online

    The quickest way to update your name is by using our online services for individuals. All you need is a myGovExternal Link account linked to the ATO.

    You'll need at least one of the following identity documents to make the change:

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

    We'll check your document details with the agencies that issued them.

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    By phone

    We can update your name over the phone if you have the right documents to make the change. Just call us to speak to a customer services representative.

    You’ll need at least one of the following identity 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 agencies that issued them. If we can't make the changes over the phone, we'll give you other options.

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    By post

    Download and fill out the form Change of details for individuals (PDF 355KB) and post to the address on the form with a certified copy of your original identity document. Documents you mail to us may not be returned to you – so don't post original documents.

    These documents mustn't be changed in any way. It can take up to 28 days to update your records after we receive the form.

    Foreign residents

    Foreign residents who don't have an Australian identity document can supply a certified copy of one of the following:        

    • foreign passport
    • foreign birth certificate
    • national photo identification card
    • foreign government-issued identification
    • foreign marriage certificate
    • foreign driver licence.

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    Last modified: 11 Apr 2016QC 44770