How to Change Names in Ontario

How to Change Names in Ontario

How to Change Names in Ontario

Ontario Marriage name change

By far the most common reason for changing names is marriage. Either party can take their spouse’s surname after marriage. The only proof required is your marriage certificate. See our dedicated section on how to change names after marriage in Ontario for more info. Follow the steps below to get your records updated.

Removing your partner’s name and divorce name change

You don’t need to be divorced to go back to your previous name. If divorced, just show your court issued divorce order providing it lists both your married and former names. Otherwise you should also show your marriage certificate to link your names. If you are not divorced you can still go back to your former name regardless of your personal situation. Simply show your marriage together with either your Canadian birth certificate or Canadian citizenship certificate in your former name. If you became a Canadian citizen in your married name then you will need to apply for a legal name change. Once you have the correct proof documents, follow our steps below to get your records updated.


Legal name change

If you became a citizen in your married name, if you want to make any changes to your given name or take a surname you have never held nefore then you need to file a legal name change. See our page on how to legally change names in Ontario for more information.

Getting your records changed

Once you have the right proof to  No matter your reason for changing names, it’s up to you to get all the various accounts, ID and records changed over. Start by visiting a Service Ontario office to get your driver's licence and health care card changed - take your current license and original proof of name change. 

Next, send out name change notifications to all the companies that allow name change in writing. You may need to send a form, letter or email. Click below to get the documents needed for each company. Where you can’t change names in writing we can provide you with each company’s name change procedure. 



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Ontario marriage name change

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Ontario legal name change

The name change process depends on your reason for making the change. If you're taking or removing your spouse's surname then you don't need a legal name change. All other changes, no matter how small or large, follow the same legal name change process. Once you have proof, we help get your records changed over.

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