Changing your name when you get married
In New Zealand, you don’t usually have to do anything special if you want to change your name after you get married or have a civil union.
When you get married, you can:
- keep your last name
- take your husband, wife or partner's last name
- hyphenate or use a combination of both your last names.
If you want to change your last name, you don’t usually have to complete any forms or go through a process.
When you get married, you’ll be sent a form to update your details on the electoral roll. Otherwise, you can just start using your new last name.
Different organisations have different rules for proving ID, but you can usually use your marriage certificate if you need proof to show you’ve taken your partner’s last name.
If you want to add your maiden name as a middle name, you need to officially change your name by statutory declaration.
If you want to go back to using your birth surname (maiden name), you usually don't need to apply for a name change — you can just start using your old name.