Marriage Name Change Tips

Marriage Name Change Tips

Marriage Name Change Tips

After getting married, finding out the correct name change procedure can be a challenging and daunting task. First you will have to decide whether you want to change your name, 85 per cent of brides actually do decide to change their name after marriage. This decision making process probably confronts you with many more questions then you could imagine. In Canada, changing your name after marriage, in most instances, is not a legal name change. You will simply assume your husband’s name. Which steps to follow and legal options you have are described below.

As a bride you have several legal options after marriage. You can remain known by your old name, thus keep your maiden name. You can change to your husband’s name, create a hyphenated name after marriage, or use both your maiden and your husband’s surname. These options do not require a legal name change, it simply means that you assume your husband’s name, and thus requires no registration of name. A less common but more modern option is to create a new surname from the combination of both your and your husband’s name; in this instance you will require a legal name change.

So, to be clear, if you assume your husband’s name or a double barreled name you do not require a legal name change. As a consequence, you can always easily revert back to your maiden name. However, changing your name does include some paperwork. As a start, you will have to obtain one or more official copies of your marriage certificate from the Vital Statistics Office (in BC, this costs $27). The statement of marriage from the person who performed the ceremony does not qualify as a marriage certificate. Before you order your marriage certificate work out how many originals, photocopies and certified copies you need. It is easier to request for your originals and certified copies all at the same time.

Once you have received your marriage certificate start off with changing your name on your passport and driver’s license. Then, work out which other companies to contact. Different companies and organizations have different name changing procedures. Some companies are very strict. When you doubt on what to send, it is better to provide more identification of certified copies so your name change is less likely to be rejected.

If you want to make the process a lot easier, you can use a name change kit like the one from Easy Name Change and save yourself hours of time. They will provide a personalized checklist with the companies to contact, and provide you with personalized name change letters for over 600 organizations in Canada. For the very few companies that may not be included in the list, you’ll be provided with a letter template to sign and send to other companies.

Another tip to speed up the process is to set yourself a time limit in which you want to achieve your name change. Having multiple identities will be tricky, and setting aside a few days to update all your data, from passport to bank cards to the local golf club, will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
All in all, changing your name will come with a lot of paperwork. But after planning a marriage, planning your name change thoroughly will just have to do. Remember the tips, and save yourself some time with a name change kit. It will make you feel happy to know that everything is named correctly.

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