How to Change Names in New Brunswick


A person can use any name of their choosing in their daily life, however if you want a name other than your birth name or your spouse’s surname, you’ll need a legal name change. Any change to the name on your identification requires some kind of proof. The document you show will depend on your reason for changing names.

New Brunswick marriage name change

There’s no need to register your married name, simply start using it as soon as you’re married and go about getting all your identification changed into your new name. Many organizations will need to see your marriage certificate before they allow a name change. If you don’t already have your certificate, download it below. If you need to notify companies of your new name, read the section at the bottom of the page.

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Reverting to prior name and divorce name change in New Brunswick

If you want to remove your partner’s name you only need to show the link between your married and prior names. If you are divorced you may use your divorce decree. If not divorced you can show your marriage and birth certificates. You must have your original court issued divorce decree, or else original certificates issued by the Vital Statistics Agency. If need a replacement marriage certificate download it using the button above. To have your name changed with all the various agencies and companies, read our section at the bottom of the page

New Brunswick Legal Name Change

Name changes may happen for any number of reasons; you may want to change the spelling or order of your names, add or drop a name, change one or two names or go for a totally new name. All these changes require an application to New Brunswick Vital Statistics. 

The fee depends on the amount of changes you’re making and application forms are only provided once you have had a file created for you. Apply directly to Vital Statistics for more information.

Getting your records updated

Once you have a marriage certificate, divorce decree or legal name change certificate you need to contact all the various companies to request your records are updated.  Start with your driver’s license and provincial health card. Most banks require you attend in person as they need to sight your original documents and witness your new signature.

Companies all set their own name change procedure, so you may be required to return a form, send a letter or fax, go to a branch in person or more. Save yourself the hassle of calling each company to learn the procedure. We can provide all the necessary name change paperwork and each company’s name change procedure.

GET YOUR NAME CHANGE PAPERWORK