Changing your Name

To have your name changed and to be officially recognised in New Zealand, you need to register your new name with Births, Deaths and Marriages, which is part of the Department of Internal Affairs.

This is done by making a Statutory Declaration, which is an officially signed and witnessed statement, on a form you can download from their site;

http://www.dia.govt.nz/Services-Births-Deaths-and-Marriages-Changing-a-Name?OpenDocument.

If your new name is accepted, it will then be registered by Births, Deaths and Marriages, and a new New Zealand “Birth Certificate” will be issued after the new name has been registered.

It will show both the name registered at birth and all changes of name for that person.


The Process of Changing your Name

If you are 18 years or over, or you are or have been married, in a civil union or de facto relationship, you may apply to change your own name by completing a Name Change by Statutory Declaration (BDM 120) application form.

Together with the form you must send:

If your birth is registered in New Zealand

* The required document(s); and

* The fee of NZ$127.70.

* Complete a Request for New Zealand Birth Certificate (BDM 93B) form and provide an additional fee of NZ$26.50 or NZ$39.80 for a package (1 pictorial and 1 standard certificate for the same person) if you require a new birth certificate.

If your birth is registered outside New Zealand

* The required document(s);

* andThe fee of NZ$127.70.

* Complete a Request for New Zealand Name Change Certificate (BDM 93N) form and provide an additional fee of NZ$26.50 if you require a new name change certificate.

If you are married or in a civil union, you may have your change of name recorded on that registration. Please complete all questions in the ' If your marriage or civil union is registered in New Zealand ' section of the form. There is an additional charge of NZ$46.00 for this service. This can only be done if the marriage or civil union took place in New Zealand.