(Closed) Ontario Bees – How long is the name-changing process?

posted 6 years ago in Toronto
Post # 4
40 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

They tell you to wait 12 weeks before you send in the paperwork to get your marriage certificate, and you would need your certificate to change the name on your passport and drivers license. Passports can take 8 weeks (so they say) all in all that could be 5 months (probably less but given it’s the government who knows really :))

I would have everything in your maiden name when you go and do all the changes when you get back. This way there won’t be a hassle when you need to get the plane tickets and your passport. When you come back all nice and rested you can begin to tackle the long process of changing your name.

You can still be called Mrs. His Last name and sign your name like that, you just won’t have legal forms of ID with that name.

Post # 5
5243 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I heard from a few friends that just got married that you have to wait 3 months before you can apply to change your name. Seems like such a long time to wait!

Post # 6
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We got married on May 19th in Ottawa.  I applied late July for two copies of our marriage certificate.  For the government to process the application, you need to be married at least 10 weeks.  

I checked the status yesterday, and they have it in the mail!  Once you have the certificate, I think the process of changing your name with banks, etc, it will be far easier and quicker!

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