Changing your Name

If you want to use your spouse's last name (married or common-law)

After you are married, or have signed and filed the Use of Common-Law Spouse’s Last Name Statutory Declaration form, you do not need to apply for a legal name change. You can use your spouse's last name and change all your documents to your chosen last name, using your marriage certificate or common law statutory declaration as proof.  If you want to change other documents such as,

  • S.I.N. Card
  • Driver's Licence
  • Bank Accounts
  • Health Care Card, etc.,

contact the appropriate agency.  Ask each agency what they require to make the necessary change to their records.

Using Common-Law Spouse's Name

Providing you have been living together for a period of two years OR have a child together and are living in a relationship of some permanence, you may use your common-law spouse’s surname by signing the Use of Common-Law Spouse’s Last Name Statutory Declaration, saying you are living together and you want to use your spouse’s name.  You can begin using your spouse's last name once it has been filed with the Vital Statistics office.  For more information, contact Vital Statistics.

Resuming a name you had before marriage or common law relationship

If you are separated, but not divorced, OR your common law relationship has ended and you wish to use your previous last name, you will need to sign the Breakdown of Spousal Relationship Statutory Declaration.  You can begin using your previous last name once the declaration has been filed with the Vital Statistics office.  For more information, contact Vital Statistics. If you want to change other documents like S.I.N., Driver's Licence, Bank Accounts, Health Cards, etc., contact the appropriate agency.

You do not need to fill the Breakdown of Spousal Relationship Statutory Declaration if you are legally divorced. Use your divorce certificate as proof that you are divorced and want to go back to your previous name.