Travel documents issued free of charge

In the following circumstances you can apply for a replacement travel document to be issued free of charge.

Family name change arising from marital status

If you hold a passport with at least two years validity remaining, and you change your family name to reflect your new marital, registered relationship or de facto status, you may apply for a replacement passport in your new name to be issued free of charge.

The replacement passport will be issued with the same expiry date as the passport being replaced.

You must complete a full passport application form and present original documents to support your identity and citizenship, as well as evidence that links all your name changes.

In order to have the fee waived:

  • when you divorce or revoke a registered relationship – you must present evidence of your divorce or the revocation of your registered relationship, such as a decree nisi or an RBDM revocation certificate. Your new name must be your family name at birth or a registered family name that you used before marrying or entering the registered relationship.
  • after your spouse or partner dies - you must present their death certificate. Your new name must be your family name at birth or a registered family name you used before marrying or entering the registered relationship
  • if you change your name on entering, or revoking, a de facto relationship – you must present a RBDM change of name certificate and a completed Form B11 'General' declaration by passport applicant and evidence of your de facto relationship.

Gender transition

If you hold a passport with at least two years validity remaining and on transitioning to or confirming another gender you wish to change the sex and/or name/s shown in your passport, you may apply for a replacement passport with the new details to be issued free of charge.

The replacement passport will be issued with the same expiry date as the passport being replaced.

You must complete a full passport application form and present original documents to support your identity, citizenship and name changes. You must also present a completed Form B-14 'Declaration: sex/gender of passport applicant' (pdf) with your application.

Children's passports

Child passport holders are only entitled to a free replacement passport following a name change if there are exceptional circumstances, for example gender transition.

However, children who are issued with a passport in their first year of life are eligible for one replacement passport free of charge before they turn five. This is for the purpose of updating the photo in the passport. A person with parental responsibility for the child must complete a full passport application form (including consent from all persons with parental responsibility) and present original documents that support the child's identity and citizenship, and new photos endorsed by a guarantor.

The replacement passport will be issued with the same expiry date as the passport being replaced.

Replacing a limited validity passport with a full validity passport

If you have been issued an ordinary passport with limited validity (but not an emergency passport) you may apply to replace it with a full validity passport free of charge, provided you do so before the expiry of the limited validity passport and you present all the documentation required to support a full validity passport.

Exceptional circumstances

In exceptional circumstances, for example when a passport is lost, damaged or destroyed as a result of a natural disaster, or for terminally ill children sponsored by an Australian registered charitable organisation, a passport may be issued free of charge.