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He tono ki te rēhita i tētahi Panoni Ingoa
Application to register a Name Change
Mō tētahi tangata i raro i te 18 tau, kāore anō i mārena, hono ā-ture, moe māori rānei
For person aged under 18 who has not been married, in a civil union or de facto relationship
• For a person whose birth is registered in New Zealand, who is 2 years of age or older but younger than 18 years of age,
and who has never been married, in a civil union or de facto relationship; or
• For a person whose birth is registered outside New Zealand, who is a New Zealand citizen or entitled, under the
Immigration Act 2009, to be in New Zealand indefinitely, who is younger than 18 years of age, and who has never been
married, in a civil union or de facto relationship.
Other name change forms
• Application to register a name change of a person aged
18 or older, or under 18 and is, or has been, married, in a
civil union or de facto relationship (form BDM 120
• Request for name change within 2 years of birth (form
BDM 36) for births registered in New Zealand where the
person is under 2 years of age.
Who can register a name change?
To register a name change in New Zealand on or after 25
• Your birth must be registered in New Zealand; or
• If your birth is registered outside New Zealand, you must
be a New Zealand citizen or entitled, under the
Immigration Act 2009, to be in New Zealand indefinitely
(e.g. as a permanent resident).
You must make true statements
You must make true statements when completing this
application. If you make, or cause to be made, any false
statement or declaration you will be liable on conviction to a
fine or up to 5 years imprisonment, or both.
How long will it take?
Applications will be processed in 15 working days, from
receiving a correct and complete application (plus postage
time). If you have requested a certificate showing your new
name, it will be issued as soon as the name change is
Guidelines about the new name
The new name must consist of one surname and one or
more other names, unless your religious or philosophical
beliefs, or cultural traditions require the person to bear only
one name - in which case attach a letter of explanation.
What is not acceptable?
The new name (or combination of names) may not be
accepted for registration if:
• it might cause offence to a reasonable person; or
• it is unreasonably long (that is, it should be less than 100
characters long, including spaces); or
• without adequate justification, it is, includes, or resembles,
an official title or rank (in which case attach a letter of
• it is not a name (for example, it must not include numbers
Certificate showing the new name
Birth registered in New Zealand
Birth registered outside New Zealand
If the birth is registered in NZ, any new
birth certificate that is issued will show the
new name as well as all previous names.
A new birth certificate can be made
available after registration, on payment of
an additional fee.
If the birth is registered outside NZ, any
new name change certificate that is
issued will show the new name as well as
all previous names registered in NZ on or
after 25 January 2009. A new name
change certificate can be made available
after registration, on payment of an
Complete on-screen and print. You can complete this form on-screen using the Editable PDF functionality with
Adobe Reader. You must still print off the application and have signed where applicable by hand.