Australian High Commission
Singapore
Singapore

Adult passport with a new name

 

Step 1 - Fill out your application form (Australian Passport Overseas Application). 

You should complete the application form online at the following website https://online.passports.gov.au/.  This link will also allow you to confirm that you are eligible to renew your adult passport. You'll need to create an AusPassport account to start your passport application online.  An AusPassport account helps us protect your personal details.

If you have problems creating an AusPassport account, or completing the online form, please see our Website advice and Troubleshooting guide.

After you have completed your form online, print it and sign inside the white box and date the application form. Make sure there are no alterations to signatures or dates.  Please do not use whiteout on the declaration section.  If you make a mistake, you can cross it out and initial next to the change.  If you have signed incorrectly, please fill in a new form.

Alternatively, you can collect a paper copy of the application at the Australian High Commission. You will need a guarantor and additional documents, so we suggest that you collect this form before making an appointment to lodge your application. 

 

Step 2- Make an appointment to lodge your passport application. 

The Passport Office operates an appointment system.  We will not see you without an appointment.

Passports Office location:

25 Napier Road
Singapore 258507

 

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Appointment times are normally booked-out up to 2 weeks in advance. Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

 

Step 3 - Prove your Australian Citizenship

You must provide an original copy of the revised Australian Citizenship Certificate (in your new name), an original copy of the existing Australian Citizenship Certificate (in your old name) or an original full Australian Birth Certificate to prove Australian citizenship. Extracts, commemorative birth certificate or birth cards cannot be used. If you were born in Australia after 20 August 1986, you must also provide one of the following four documents: 

1.       Your Australian passport issued on/after 1/1/2000 that was valid for 2 years or more; or

2.       One parent’s full Australian birth certificate (parent born prior to 20/08/1986); or

3.       One parent’s Australian passport issued on/after 20/8/1986 that was valid for 2 years and was valid at the time of the applicant’s birth; or

4.       One parent’s Australian citizenship certificate, valid at the time of the applicant’s birth.

If you cannot provide the above documents, you must get a certificate of citizenship.  Please refer to the Australian Citizenship section on the Home Affairs website for further information.

If your Australian citizenship document does not show your sex or place and country of birth, you must also provide your original birth certificate (not an extract, commemorative birth certificate or birth card), or, if you cannot present your original birth certificate, your foreign passport.

If you are providing your existing Australian Citizenship Certificate (in your old name), you are also required to provide name change documents (see Step 6).

Translation of foreign documents

Any supporting documentation that is not in English will need an original full English language translation provided by a registered translation service.

 

Step 4 - Take two passport photos.

Some photo shops may not have the most updated Australian passport photo specifications.  Home-printed photos are usually not acceptable as there are strict requirements. Please carefully check on the Passport photo guidelines to avoid rejection.  

The “crown of head” is where the top of your skull would be if it were visible. It is not the top of your hair or the start of your hairline.  Picture yourself bald and measure from the top of your skull to the tip of your chin.

Your Guarantor (see Step 5) must endorse one photo in black pen as follows: “This is a true photo of [the applicant’s full name]”, and then sign it below. Do not use paper clips or staples to attach photos to the form as this may make them unusable.

 

Step 5 – Guarantor

As well as endorsing your photo, ensure Section 11 is completed by a guarantor who meets the following criteria:

·         is 18 years of age or over

·         has known the applicant for at least 12 months

·         is not related to the applicant by birth, marriage, de facto or same sex relationship

·        does not live at the applicant's address (please note you may not use your helper to act as the guarantor as they most likely live at the same address as you)

·         holds a current (unexpired) Australian passport that was issued with at least two years validity OR be currently employed in the following approved professional or occupational group:

o    Accountants with membership of an association

o    Lawyer

o    Chartered Professional Engineers

o    Civil Servants - with at least 5 years continuous full-time service

o    Clerk of Courts or Petty Sessions

o    Dentists

o    Judges

o    Registered Marriage Celebrants

o    Members of the Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries

o    Registered Pharmacists

o    Registered Chiropractors

o    Registered Physiotherapists

o    Registered Optometrists

o    Registered Mid-wives

o    Police Officers - with at least 5 years continuous full-time service

o    Postal Managers

o    Registered Medical Practitioners (Doctors and GPs only)

o    Registered Nurses

o    Registered Veterinary Surgeons

o    Registered Teachers - with at least 5 years continuous full-time service

 

Step 6 – Name change documents

 

Applicants born in Australia

 

Name change due to personal preference

The original copy of the revised birth certificate or name change certificate issued by Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM) in the state you were born. A RBDM name change certificate does not need to be legalised.

 

Name change due to marriage

If you were married overseas, please contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM) in the state you were born to apply for a RBDM name change certificate. You cannot use a foreign marriage certificate to change your name and must instead register your new name with the RDBM in Australia. A RBDM name change certificate does not need to be legalised.

If you were married in Australia, you must present your official RBDM marriage certificate (not the ceremonial certificate you receive on the day of the ceremony). You must apply to the RBDM to receive your official marriage certificate. A RBDM marriage certificate does not need to be legalised.

 

Change of name due to other reasons (divorce, widow, gender transition)

If you have changed your name due to reasons other than personal preference or marriage, please check the Australian Passport Office website for further information.  Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected]

 

Applicants born outside of Australia

 

Name change due to personal preference

If you’ve changed your name because of personal preference, you’ll need to show us a name change certificate issued by an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, unless:

  • your new name is already reflected in a re-issued Australian birth certificate or Australian citizenship certificate, or
  • you were born and live overseas and the name change happened overseas.

We’ll only accept a foreign name change certificate if you were born overseas and live overseas and the name change happened overseas. The name change must have happened after you became an Australian citizen. The foreign name change certificate needs to be legalised. If it’s not in English, it needs to be translated in full by an approved translation service.

If you have a current passport that expires more than two years from now and hasn’t been lost or stolen or suffered major damage, you can choose to get a replacement passport, but you have to pay the fee. You also have to show us your current passport.

 

Name change due to marriage

If you were married overseas, you must present the original copy of the marriage certificate which has been legalised or apostilled by the issuing government.

If you were married in Australia, you must present your official RBDM marriage certificate (not the ceremonial certificate you receive on the day of the ceremony). You must apply to the RBDM in the State you were married to receive your official marriage certificate. A RBDM marriage certificate does not need to be legalised.

 

Change of name due to other reasons (divorce, widow, gender transition)

If you have changed your name due to reasons other than personal preference or marriage, please check the Australian Passport Office website for further information.  Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected]

 

Step 7 – Additional documents

You need specific documents to prove your identity. You must provide the following combinations of original documents:

·         One document from category A, and

·         One document from category B

·         If neither of these documents shows your current address, you must also provide one document from category C that shows your current address.

Category A (All Category A documents should be current at the time of application)

·         Current driving licence issued by an Australian/foreign government’s driving/traffic/motor vehicle licensing authority

·         Foreign residency card

·         Australian Proof of Age or Photo Card

Category B (All Category B documents must be current at the time of application, with the exception of the Australian passport)

·         Health card issued by a government authority

·         Credit card or bank account card with current signature on the back and name on the card

·         Foreign passport

·         Previous Australian Passport (issued on or after 1 July 2000 with more than two years validity that has not been expired for over ten years)

Category C (All Category C documents must be no more than 12 months old at the time of application and show your current residential address)

·         Utilities bills

·         Bank or credit card statements

·         Motor vehicle registration or insurance papers

·         Property rates notice or property lease agreement

·         Home insurance papers

 

Step 8Lodge your application and pay the fee.

Applications must be lodged in person at the Australian High Commission in Singapore. You need to make an appointment (Step 2).

 

Things to bring:

1.       The completed and signed Australian Passport Overseas Application form.

2.       Your most recent Australian passport, if applicable.

3.       Proof of citizenship (see Step 3).

4.       Two passport photos (see Step 4).

5.       Name change documents (see Step 6).

6.       Additional documents (see Step 7).

7.       A Visa,  Mastercard or American Express to pay your fee. Please click here for fees.

 

Step 9 - Allow at least a minimum of 3 weeks to receive your new passport.

If you have any questions, read our Frequently Asked Questions, call us at +65 6836 4100 (select Option 2)  or email at [email protected]