Verify a change in name – marriage certificate

When setting up your myGovID your name needs to match across your Australian identity documents.

If you’ve had a change in name or your name doesn’t match across your Australian identity documents, you may be able to verify this using a marriage certificate. If your name has changed more than once through marriage and the name on your identity documents are different as a result, you’ll need to verify this using multiple marriage certificates.

Once verified, you’ll be recognised by your married name in your myGovID.

Your marriage certificate needs to:

  • be issued in Australia, in print (not hand written)
  • display your previous name
  • display the name you have taken (your partner’s name).

When using a marriage certificate to verify your change in name, you’ll need to enter the following details in your myGovID app:

  • First person listed:
    • Given name/s
    • Family name
  • Second person listed:
    • Given name/s
    • Family name
  • On the marriage certificate I am:
    • enter ‘First person listed’ or ‘Second person listed’
  • Date of marriage
  • Registration number (do not include any letters)
  • Registration date (QLD only).

For common locations where you’ll find these details on your document, see examples of marriage certificates below.

In most cases you’ll be able to verify your marriage certificate online if it’s issued from 1 January (see relevant year below). Further exceptions may apply depending on the state or territory you were born. Use the links below for more information.

Alternatively,  you can update your identity documents to match if you:

  • do not wish to be recognised by your married name
  • have a marriage certificate that was issued in another country
  • have a marriage certificate that is hand written
  • cannot verify your marriage certificate online.

If you need to update your name on an identity document, don’t verify the document in your myGovID app. Instead, you should contact the document provider to see if they can resolve the mismatch.

Examples of marriage certificates

These two examples show common locations where you’ll find the details on your marriage certificate.

ACT, QLD, SA, NT, TAS and VIC

NSW and WA

Information by state or territory

How you verify your marriage certificate may depend on state or territory it was issued in.

Australian Capital Territory

Names with special characters

If your name includes a special character, you’ll need to enter this in English alphabet characters.

Single name

If you only have a single name (either your given or family name) on your certificate you only need to fill out the field for that name.

New South Wales

Registration number

If your certificate was issued between 1952 and 1974, enter the ‘District number’ or the ‘Particulars of Registration’ number in the Registration number field.

If your certificate was issued in Norfolk Island or before 1952 and does not have a registration number it cannot be verified online.

Single name

If you only have a single name (either your given or family name) on your certificate you only need to fill out the field for that name.

Previous family name listed

If your certificate includes extra information on your family, such as a previous family name, you must enter all of these details.

Northern Territory

Registration number

Registration numbers on NT marriage certificates can be made up of numbers and letters.

You should only enter the numbers after the last letter or punctuation element in the Registration number field, for example you would:

  • enter 45, for registration number NT 123/45
  • enter 40, for registration number 136 book 40.

Queensland

Single name

If you only have a single name (either your given or family name) on your certificate, it cannot be verified online.

South Australia

SA Districts

Your certificate cannot be verified online if it was issued by the SA District of:

  • Adelaide
  • Angaston
  • Burra
  • Clare
  • Daly Encounter Bay
  • Flinders
  • Frome
  • Gawler
  • Gilbert
  • Grey
  • Hindmarsh
  • Kapunda
  • Mount Barker
  • Murray
  • Norwood
  • Pinnaroo
  • Pirie
  • Port Adelaide
  • Robe
  • Talunga
  • Willunga

If your certificate was issued by one of these districts you can apply for a new change of name certificate through the SA Registry of Births, deaths and marriages

Tasmania

Single name

If you only have a single name (either your given or family name) on your certificate, it cannot be verified online.

Victoria

Single name

If you only have a single name (either your given or family name) on your certificate you only need to fill out the field for that name. In the other   field you will need to enter either ‘no registered surname’ or ‘no registered given name’ depending on what is on your certificate.

Western Australia

If your certificate was issued in the Cocos Islands or Christmas Island, it cannot be verified online.

Single name

If you only have a single name on your certificate (first person or second person), enter it into the ‘Given name/s’ or ‘Family name/s’ field and leave the other blank.

Registration number

If your certificate was issued before 26 November 2001 it will include a registration number and district name. You will need to enter both the district number and registration number in the ‘Registration number’ field. For example, Registration number 1/234/56/X ‘1’ is the district number and ‘234’ is the registration number. You would enter 0100234 in the Registration number field.

For the list of District numbers, see the Western Australian Registration District Codes