How to Change Names in Nova Scotia
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Nova Scotia Marriage Name Change
You can take your spouse’s surname either in a straight swap with your own surname, or in addition to your surname. If adding the names together, they can appear in any order with either a space or hyphen between them. There’s no ‘registration’ of your new name. Simply start using your new name and ask everyone to call you that name.
If you want identification and accounts moved over into your new name you must contact each company directly and follow their procedures for updating your account. In some cases you will be required to return a form, or send a letter or fax. You are usually asked to send a copy of your marriage certificate as proof of name change. If you don’t already have a Vital Statistics issued marriage certificate, click here.
We provide all the necessary name change forms for hundreds of Canadian companies. If you need to send letters or faxes, we provide pre-written notifications that you just need to sign and send. If any of your companies don’t need name changes to be done in writing we’ll let you know the exact procedure to follow.
Nova Scotia Divorce Name Change /Revert to prior name
Anyone who changed names from marriage can go back to their prior name at any time. It doesn’t matter what your marital status is. You’ll need to provide proof of your current and former name, which may be a divorce order (if you are already divorced), or else your marriage and birth certificates together.
There’s no need to formalise your new name anywhere. Simply start using it and apply to all the places where you have an account or identification to get your records updated. Click below to get all the paperwork and procedures to change names with hundreds of Canadian companies.
Nova Scotia Legal Name Change
To legally change names in Nova Scotia you must be at least 19 years old. You must also either be born or have resided in Nova Scotia for at least a year before applying. You’ll need to return original Canadian birth and any Canadian marriage certificates. If born overseas you need to return immigration documents. If you were born in Nova Scotia you’ll be issued with a replacement birth certificate. If born in another Canadian province you’ll be issued a legal name change certificate and your details will be sent to the Provincial Vital Statistics office where you were born. You can apply there for an amended birth certificate.
To apply for a legal name change contact Nova Scotia vital statistics and request an application form. A case will be opened for you. Turnaround is typically 2 weeks from your application being lodged. Once successful Easy Name Change can provide all the necessary name change procedures and paperwork.