Legal Name Change by Province
Some provinces require you to submit your fingerprints to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They run a background check against their database for any criminal record. Some provinces have strict regulations around who can change their name, age and residency. See the table below for a summary of legal name change requirements for the more populous states.
|Province||Min age||Finger prints||Lodgement|
|British Columbia||19 years||yes||$137|
|Quebec||18 years||no||$300 *|
Background information and turn around times can also differ greatly between states. Quebec tends to be most strict, only allowing name change where a significant reason can be provided and taking 6 months for applications to be finalised.
Some provinces require fingerprints to be taken by the RCMP, which has an additional charge of $25. Alberta residents can also expect to pay an additional fee to a Registry Agent who will lodge the name change application on your behalf. Agent lodgement fees can vary. Prices are subject to change without notice so it is always recommended to check with the relevant agency before sending payment.
Easy Name Change has all the information on legal name change for all provinces (excluding Quebec), along with application forms where available. You can buy an Easy Name Change kit to help you though the process of legally changing your name. If you have not yet changed your name you can use the date selection feature to nominate a future date to be printed on your name change letters so they are ready to go by the time your name change certificate is issued.
If your name change certificate takes longer to process than anticipated Easy Name Change can regenerate your kit free of charge so that it is current and up to date. For more information buy an Easy Name Change kit and read the special section on legal name change for your province.
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