How to Change Names in Ontario

How to Change Names in Ontario

How to Change Names in Ontario

Ontario marriage name change

By far the most common reason for changing names is marriage. Either party can take their spouse’s surname after marriage. All that’s required to start changing names is a marriage certificate. See our dedicated section on how to change names after marriage in Ontario for more info.

Removing your partner’s name and Divorce name change

You don’t need to be divorced to go back to your previous name. If divorced, just show your court issued divorce order. Otherwise you may show your marriage and birth certificates together to reclaim your name (they must be issued by a provincial agency, such as Ontario Vital Statistics). 

Ontario legal name change

All other name changes require a legal name change. See our section on how to legally change names in Ontario for more information.

Getting your records changed

No matter your reason for name change, it’s up to you to get all the various records changed into your new name (or old name, for divorcees!). Start by visiting a Service Ontario office and getting your license and health care card changed. You’ll need your current license and original certificate (marriage certificate, divorce order or marriage and birth certificates together).

Next, send out name change notifications to all the companies that allow name change in writing. You may need to send a form, fax or letter. Click below to get the documents needed for each company. Where you can’t change names in writing we can provide you with each company’s name change procedure. 


There’s a number of ways to change names; it depends on your reason for changing. A legal name change is only required if you’re not taking or removing your spouse’s name from marriage.

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