Driver's License Name Change

Driver's License Name Change

Driver's License Name Change

The first step to changing names is to get your marriage certificate, divorce order or amended birth certificate as proof of your name change. Then you need to notify all the various organizations of your new name. We always recommend starting with your provincial driver's license or non-driver photo ID card

Visit a driver's license office in person

Most provincial driver's licenses must be updated in person, either at a driver's licensing office or at a provincial service office. If you attend a service office you can often update your provincial health care card and/or voter enrollment at the same time. Always take your current license, provincial health card and original marriage/divorce/name change certificate with you.


  • We recommend taking a few photocopies of your old license first, in case you need to surrender it to get a replacement. This may help if you ever need to prove your previous name
  • Provinces set different policies for driver's license name change. You may be required to pay a small fee, so come prepared with some cash and multiple payment methods.
  • It's imporant to update your license first. Some companies want to see your updated license as proof of name change. 
  • Need to change your BC or Ontario license? Visit our dedicated pages for more info.

Change names everywhere else

Once you have updated photo ID, change names with all other organizations. You may need to send a letter, fax or form, or follow  different procedure. We provide the name change procedures for hundreds of Canadian companies. Just click below to get all the name change procedures and paperwork.



Ensure government issued photo ID is prioritized when changing names. You will often be asked to show this as proof of your name change.

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