Brides changing their surname after they are married

Neal Foster The Marriage Celebrant Newstead park

Brisbane brides changing their names after they are married

If you say the legal words in front of two witnesses, your Brisbane celebrant says the required words and you sign the required legal documents on the day, you are then legally married.

Whilst many women choose to take their husband’s surname after they are married, it is not mandatory – it is optional – it is not a legal requirement in this country so if you don't want to you don't have to do anything.

If you choose to do so, government departments such as Medicare and Department of Transport will require a certified copy of the marriage certificate.

The decorative certificate you receive on your wedding day is not deemed to be sufficient for the purpose of changing your name by law.

You can apply for the certified copy of the marriage certificate on line or your celebrant can supply you with the form you need to fill out and it is advisable to do it sooner rather than later..

So do it asap after your wedding ceremony.

Births Deaths and Marriages Brisbane suggest you do it after your wedding and you allow 4 to 6 weeks after you have lodged for this to be processed and sent out to you in the mail.

Once you have received the certified copy of the marriage certificate, you take the document plus (for example) your Medicare card to Medicare and tell them you have been married and would like to change your name – they will ask what you want it changed to eg Jones or Jones – Smith and they will update their records and organise to issue a new card.

Same for drivers licence, passport and so on.