How To Change Names After Marriage
Changing names after marriage is a matter of custom and personal preference. There is no need to change names, however around 80-85% of brides still choose to take their husband's surname, with most citing 'wanting to share the same name as their husband and children' as the main motivating factor. There are a number of married name change options available.
Proof of name change
Once you've decided to change names after marriage there is no official 'registration' of your new name. Simply present your marriage certificate as evidence of your new name and organisations will update records accordingly.
Marriage records are always filed with Vital Statistics. If you have not already ordered your marriage certificate, see our dedicated page here, or else download the application form for your province below.
Update your records
Always prioritize government identification, especially as some companies ask for updated photo ID when changing names. Many provinces have service outlets where you can apply for your wedding certificate, update your driver's license and health card all at the same time.
Next, request a name change from each company where you hold an account or membership. As companies have a range of name change procedures, you may be asked to send a letter, fax or form, or follow an entirely different procedure. To learn what companies need which documents sent where, just click the button below.
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