Work: Depending on where you work, you may need to provide official proof of your new name. This can usually be done by presenting your marriage or name change certificate or one of your new identification documents (e.g. a new driver`s license). Your work may need this information to update your payment and tax records. In Ontario, you can get an official name change by applying to ServiceOntario. If you change your name because of your marriage, you will need to send proof that you are married. Once your application is processed, you will receive a new birth certificate with your new name if you were born in Ontario. Many people change their names when they get married, as well as for other personal or professional reasons. There are different ways to change a person`s name, depending on their age and the circumstances in which they want to change it. The Change of Name Act is the Change of Name Act. There must be no court order or separation agreement prohibiting the name change. You need to think carefully about the name you want to use, as the process does not end with the issuance of the name change certificate. The person has to update most of their identity documents as well as their bank details, which takes a lot of time and effort.
A legal name change is a more complicated process where your legal name is changed on your birth certificate and birth registration. If you simply take or combine surnames with your spouse, you don`t have to make a legal name change (although you do have the option to do so). Foreign nationals, permanent residents of Canada and Canadian citizens born outside Canada need documents showing the name they used when they entered Canada. If a person is unable to prove the name they used when they entered Canada, they may submit additional documents to support their name change application. To change your name for a reason other than marriage, you must: You may be eligible for a fee waiver from ServiceOntario if you are an Aboriginal person requesting that your name be changed to one name. Learn more about reclaiming a traditional Indigenous name. The requirements to change your name in Ontario are as follows: Note: You may be eligible for a fee waiver for birth or marriage certificates issued after you change a birth or marriage registration following a legal name change. If you are a residential school survivor or family member and you have recovered a name as part of the legal name change process and you also want to change the registration of a marriage, or if you are a parent who changes their child`s birth registration with their new name, Complete and submit an application for a waiver of ServiceOntario`s name change fee and related certificates. You can change a name to a single name if you or your child`s culture has a tradition of unique names. A name change request is made by sending a form, required documents and associated handling fees to ServiceOntario. To change your surname in Ontario after you get married, you must first order your marriage certificate. Unlike other provinces, marriage certificates are not free in Ontario and are not sent to you automatically after you get married.
You must pay and apply for it. There is no fee to take your spouse`s last name on the above documents. If you adopt a spouse`s surname after marriage, the name on your birth registration (and birth certificate) in Ontario will not change. You must change all your identification documents to reflect the new last name. In Ontario, there are two ways to change your name after marriage. You can take your spouse`s last name (or they can take yours) or you can complete the legal name change process. To legally change your surname at the time of marriage, you must complete Form 1 Change of Surname, which applies to both legally married and common-law partners. The submission of this type of application is free of charge, provided that you do so within 90 days of the marriage or the submission of a joint declaration of the conjugal relationship. After 90 days, fees apply.
In addition to completing this form, you must provide the following documents: If your application is complete and correct and you were born in Ontario, we will send you a change of name certificate and your new birth certificate within 6 to 8 weeks. It may take longer if you have requested a unique name change or a recovered name. At the end of the legal name change process, you will receive a name change certificate. You will also receive a new Ontario birth certificate with your new name and your name on your birth registration will be changed. If you were born in another province, you will need to apply for a new birth certificate from Vital Statistics. For more information, individuals are encouraged to visit ServiceOntario`s name change page. Social Media: Now comes the fun part: Change your last name on social media! No requests, fees, long lines or paperwork are required.