Post # 1
I’m 90% done changing my name and I found it impossible to find a decent list showing what documents need to be changed. So I put a list together as I went.
Here it is…
Changing Your Last Name in Canada
1) A week or so after your wedding go to a registry office and apply for your legal marriage certificate. It costs around $35 and you have your choice of a small or large sized certificate. It will arrive about a week after ordering it.
2) Once the marriage certificate is received, you can start changing your name. Documents to change…
- Driver’s license and car insurance. Be sure to have a new copy of your vehicle registration printed as well as new insurance slips.
- Bank Info – Take your original marriage certificate into your bank to change your name on all accounts.
- Credit Cards – Call the number on the back of your card.
- Place of Employment (once bank info is changed)
- House or Tenants Insurance
- House and Cell Phone Company
- Club Memberships (Costco, gym, grocery store cards, etc…)
** Marriage Certificate is required for some of the above changes. Depends on the company.**
A few helpful links
Post # 3
Perfect, Thanks fellow Alberta Bee!
Post # 4
@ablet: You’re welcome! I’m in Calgary too 🙂
Post # 5
Oh thanks!! Im in BC but this is still uber helpful!! I just called the Canada Revenue Agency and changed my name!!! Yeah!! 🙂
Post # 6
Glad it helped!
I still need to change my SIN card and passport. Which are the 2 hardest things. Getting to an office to change my SIN card is almost impossible so I’ll mail in the form. They say if you mail it, you have to include the original marriage certificate so I’m waiting until everything else is changed before sending it away.
Passport is just a pain in general lol! But I need to wait until I get my driver’s license in the mail so I can mail a photocopy of it with the application form.
Post # 7
This is the one part of getting married I am decidedly NOT looking forward to…
Post # 8
I remember seeing your photo slide show awhile ago, it stuck out to me since I noticed you were from Alberta! Your pictures were so pretty!
Post # 9
@noscare: I dreaded doing the whole name change thing too and it honestly hasnt been THAT bad. It’s more a matter of sitting on the phone waiting to talk to someone. Then after 10 minute of waiting, some of them tell you to fax in a copy of your marriage certificate and that’s it! Frustrating but it has to be done.
@ablet: Aww thanks! We have all our professional pictures back now and I LOVE them. I’ve been trying to find time to post a few on here but haven’t quite got around to it. Stay tuned!!
Post # 10
The list looks great – thanks for the tips!
Post # 11
Thanks for this! I am worried mostly about my passport – UGH. I will travel on our honeymoon immediately after the wedding under my maiden name (which will be using a new passport because my current one expires next October and you can’t travel easily within six months of the expiry date!) and then when I get back have to get ANOTHER new passport. I am hoping I can do this quickly and efficiently because I may need my passport to fly to Vegas for my cousin’s wedding in September….and that is not a lot of time! I will probably have a month (or less) to make it happen.
Post # 12
@dance: Wow that is complicated!!
Post # 13
I’m a bit worried too, if I am changing my name, does that mean I cannot immediately fly out after the wedding?
Post # 14
@weddingallie: You should wait until after you come back from your trip to change your name. When booking flights etc. you should book in your maiden name. Keep your passport and everything else as is until you get back, then start changing your name!
Post # 15
I have been looking for a list like this! It looks pretty time consuming and really not looking forward to it!
Post # 16
This was far back in the depths of pages (lol) and I knew I had seen it ages ago, so bumping up if it can be of any help to any recently married Canadian bees like myself 🙂