BC Divorce and Separation Name Change
No matter if you are divorced, separated or still happily married, any person who changed names after marriage retains the right to be known by their prior name. A married name is an assumed name. Unless you have an amended birth certificate you can go back to your prior name by just showing your marriage certificate along with your birth certificate. It often helps to provide a bit more information, as we explain below.
BC divorce name change
If you’re divorced it’s easiest to show your court issued divorce order that lists your married and prior names – all companies understand this request. You should also show your birth certificate (or citizenship certificate if born abroad) as this proves your prior name. The divorce order should list both your married and prior name and prove the link. Show these documents together to change names. Click the button below to get your name change paperwork, just add your certificates to our notifications and send.
BC separation name change or reverting to prior name
If you’re not divorced some companies can be a bit clueless about the name change process. While you should only need to present a Vital Statistics marriage certificate and your birth certificate (or citizenship certificate if born abroad). More proof of your prior name makes your name change request less likely to be rejected or queried.
You can start using your prior name at any time, regardless of your marital status. To get your records and accounts changed, just click the button below and select all the organisations you need to notify. We'll send all the paperwork you need, then just add your certificates where instructed and send.
Ready to start changing names?
There’s no official process or registration, simply start using your prior name now. All you need to do is get your records and identification changed into your new name, and it's best to change all your records over at the same time.
Click below to get all the necessary name change paperwork. We'll send you all the necessary forms and name change notifications. Just add your proof documents, sign and send. Where your name change can’t be done by mail or fax, we’ll let you know exactly what to do so there’s no guess work.
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