Marriage Name Change Advice
Once the big question is popped one of the big challenges is what to do with your surname! In Canada there are several options for changing your name and if you do make the switch, it's easier than ever to get the administrative side of the task done.
As a bride, you have several options; and still the most popular is to change to your partner’s surname. Second, you can opt for a double barrelled or hyphenated surname where your spouse's name is added to your own. The names can appear in either order separated by a space or hyphen. You may decide to use both your birth and married names at different places, which is popular with people who have staked out a reputation in their birth name. Finally, you can just leave your name as is.
If go onto change names it's most common to 'assume' your spouse's surname. You'll simply show your marriage certificate as proof and no formal application is filed. This means your name does not legally change and you can just as easily go back to your birth name at any time regardless of your personal situation. The name change gurus at Easy Name Change Canada outline the 5 steps involved in changing names;
1. Get your marriage certificate
Most organizations will update your name on their records on presentation of your wedding certificate. Get your official marriage certificate from the Vital Statistics agency in the province where you were married. Church issued marriage certificates typically can't be used to change names as they are missing certain security features.
2. Make a checklist
Next, think of that long list of all the organizations you'll need to notify. Save yourself hours of legwork in contacting each one directly- we have detailed filing istructions for over 500 Canadian organizations. We create personalized and ready to send notifications in as little as 5 minutes so you can just sign and send! Use our interactive checklist or do it the old fashioned way by downloading our generic checklist.
3. Updates done in person
It's best to start off with any name changes that have to be done in person; bank accounts, driver’s license and SIN. You're always required you to show your original marriage certificate and occasionally photo ID when changing names in person.
4. Send your name change notifications
Many companies need your name change request to be sent in writing. If you're not using a name change kit, set aside half a day to contact each company on your checklist and ask the procedure, what proof to include and then write the email, letter or wait for the form to be sent.
Easy Name Change customers can cut this down to a 15 minute task. Simply forward on our emails then sign and send your letters. We've also provided special name change forms, if any of your companies have them.
5. Notify other companies
You can update your name with smaller companies on your next visit, or it may not matter if your records are updated at all. These companies include your local library, sports clubs, alumni, church, wine club and more.
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