Name Change Information
Answers to the most common name change questions
How you change names will depend on your situation. If you want to take or remove your spouse's surname you need a marriage certificate. If you want a different name then you need a legal name change certificate from vital statistics. Once you have one of these documents, start updating all your accounts and records. We can provide you with the name change application form for a marriage or legal name change certificate. If you already have this, you're ready to get all the name change procedures for your companies, plus any corresponding name change paperwork.
Is my name officially recorded anywhere?
Your birth name is always yours to use, regardless of your marital situation. You can use your birth name at any time, no matter if you are married, divorced or somewhere in between. There's no official registration of your married name. You simply show companies your marriage certificate and your records are updated. If you have legally changed names your birth certificate is amended to show both your birth name and legal name. You can then only be known by your legal name.
How do I update my records?
No magical government agency automatically updates your name on all your identification and accounts. It's your responsibility to contact all the necessary organizations to advise your new name. Where companies need your name change in writing we supply the official name change forms for over 100 Canadian organisations, otherwise we provide you with a ready to send letter or fax. Not every company needs name changes advised in writing so we'll let you know what name change process to follow with all your companies.
We have heaps of hard to find name change information, such as name change for new Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents, Changing names with the CRA, Canadian Passports, on the electoral roll. We even have an awesome free downloadable name change checklist. Browse our useful articles to the right, or just click the table below to jump straight into changing names now.
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- Printed & posted Receive all your name change documents by mail. Delivery in 5 days
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- Sent by email
- Easy Name Change Guide Our name change guide steps you though the process and explains the law. You won't be left guessing about anything!
- Government forms Over 200 government agencies. We help you complete all the forms
- Company forms If any selected companies have a special form we provide it and help you complete it
- Ready to send letters Letters are created in your name and contain your name change info. All you need to do is sign, add any listed documents, and post!
- Ready to send faxes Faxes are created in your name and contain your name change info. All you need to do is sign, add any listed documents, and fax!
- Over 500 companies We've researched the name change procedure for over 500 American organizations. Find out exactly what you need to do with each company, and receive any corresponding name change paprerwork.
- Personalized checklist
- Money back guarantee Not happy for any reason? Expect a full refund within 60 days.
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