Ontario Marriage Name Change
Your marriage name change options
People married in Ontario have a number of name change options. Either spouse may take their partner’s surname in place of their own, or in addition to their own (in either order, separated by either with a hyphen or space). Of course, you don’t have to change names after marriage, but if you’re visiting this site you probably want to know more about it!
Marriage name change – assumed name
There's no official registration of your choice to use your married name as this is known as an assumed name. This means you are still entitled to be known by either your birth or married name, regardless of how much time has passed and what your personal situation may be. All you need to get started is your wedding certificate. If you don’t yet have your Ontario wedding certificate, learn how to apply here. If you were married outside of Ontario you may present any government issued marriage certificate in English, French or a foreign language with a translation.
Ontario legal name change after marriage
People married in Ontario have the option of making their new married name legally binding. By doing so, you legally denounce your prior name and can no longer use it. Complete form 'Election to change surname - Form1' and file with Service Ontario. If you were born in Ontario your irth certificate will be amended and then you can no longer be known by your prior name. You must get all your records changed into your married name as soon as possible.
Legal married name change is free if you apply to Service Ontario within 90 days of your wedding, and $25 after 90 days. This process is not legally necessary and offers no clear advantage versus assuming your spouse's surname.
What happens next?
Once you have a marriage certificate, amended birth certificate or legal name change certificate it's your responsibility to arrange all identification, accounts and memberships are changed into your new married name.
Click the button below and select who to notify and we’ll provide you with comprehensive filing procedures for all your chosen organizations. We'll provide any company specific name change forms, ready to send letters and ready to forward emails. No wasted time figuring out what to send where. Just add your wedding certificate, sign and send.
Ready to get started?
No matter if you already have your marriage certificate or are yet to apply, we can help. Choose to download the marriage certificate application form for Ontario, and select all the other companies you need to notify. We provide all the paperwork necessary. Just add your certificate when it arrives and send.
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