How to Change Names in Newfoundland & Labrador
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While most name changes are from marriage, you may also be reverting to your maiden name or legally changing names. We explain the process for all types of name changes in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Newfoundland Marriage Name Change
There’s no registration of your new married name, just start using it. You’ll need to get in contact with all the necessary companies to get your identification and accounts updated. A few need to be visited in person, such as your NL driver’s license and most banks, and they need to sight your original marriage certificate. If you don’t have it download it from the button below.
Update your records
Next, get your name changed on all your accounts and memberships. Each company will have a different procedure, which may require a form, letter, fax, phone call or more. We can provide ready to send letters and faxes and any company specific name change forms required for hundreds of Canadian companies.
Newfoundland divorce and reverting to prior name
You don't need to be divorced to revert to your prior name. No matter what your marital status you can be known by either your married or maiden name at any time. Simply start using your preferred name. To change all your accounts and records back to your old name, you must show a government issued document as proof of your name. If you are divorced you can show your divorce order if it lists your married and maiden names. Otherwise show it with your marriage certificate. If you're not divorced you may show your marriage and birth certificates. All documents must be issued by Vital Statistics. If you need a replacement marriage certificate, click the link above in the marriage name change section.
Once you have your certificates, update your name with all the various companies. We'll provide all the forms and paperwork you need, plus provide compay specific name change information. Just click below to get started.
Newfoundland legal name change
All other name changes require a legal name change with the Vital Statistics Agency. You must be 19 years or older and have been residing in Newfoundland for at least 3 months prior to applying. Apply directly to Vital Statistics for the form. Name changes cost about $70. If you were born in NL, you’ll receive an amended birth certificate. If born elsewhere you will get a legal name change certificate. Both documents are accepted everywhere as proof of your name change.
Once you have your VS name change or amended birth certificate, request all the various companies update your name. Click the button above to get all your name change paperwork sorted, plus company specific name change procedures.