There’s 2 parts to changing names. First, get a document that proves your new name. Ther next part is most time consuming – get all your records updated. Contact each organization directly orget ready send notifications.
Driver and motor vehicle licences are administered by each province. Make this one of the first documents you update as it can be used as evidence of your new name with other organizations.
You don’t have to change names in your passport after marriage or divorce. There’s no refund for time remaining, so you can keep using a passport in your married name even if you’ve changed names everywhere else. If you’ve legally changed names your passport must be updated.
You can keep using your birth name while changing all your ID and records over to your spouse’s surname. That’s because a married name is only an assumed name. We explain the laws and some considerations so you don’t get caught out.