Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995

21B Registration of name change

(1)

The Registrar-General must, subject to section 18, register a name change as soon as practicable if the documents and fee (if any) required by section 21A are deposited with the Registrar-General.

(2)

The Registrar-General must register a name change as follows:

(a)

for an eligible person whose birth has been registered or is required to be registered, include the new name in the person’s birth information; or

(b)

for an eligible person whose birth cannot be registered because of section 6, include the new name in the person’s name change information.

(3)

However, the Registrar-General must not register a name change if it is an abandonment of a surname assumed on marriage or entry into a civil union (not being the surname most recently included in the person’s birth information or name change information) and a reversion to the most recently included surname.

Section 21B: inserted, on 24 January 2009, by section 13 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).