How Do I Change My Name?
First, get proof of your name change
You need to prove your entitlement to be known by a new name. The proof you need depends on your reason for changing names. The most common type of name change is from marriage. The only proof required is your marriage certificate from Vital Statistics.
Reverting to your prior name? If you initially changed names from marriage and want to go back to your previous name simply show your birth and marriage certificates together. You may be asked for proof of separation, such as a court issued divorce decree or or separation certificate, however by law you can reclaim your name without a change of relationship. We explain this in more detail in our Name Change Guide.
If you're changing names for any other reason you'll need a legal name change with Vital Statistics. They will issue you with an amended birth certificate. If you were born in a different province from where you reside you'll be issued a legal name change certificate.
Next, notify all the organizations of your new name
Just because you can be known by a new name doesn't mean the government will automatically update any records. You still need to contact each organization yourself and request your name is changed in their records. As companies have a range of name change procedures, you may need to attend an office in person, send a letter, email or form, or maybe follow another procedure entirely.
No need to call each company to get forms and make enquiries, We can provide the name change procedures for over 600 Canadian organizations. Simply click the button below, then select which companies you need to change names with. We'll send all the procedures and paperwork needed.
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