Post # 1
For the ones who did, where did you start?
I’m adding my husband’s name after mine. I don’t know where to go first, as the website of the Gov. on Ontario only says that all we have to do is “take the name” – not very precise to me!
Your help would be appreciated!
Post # 3
I haven’t really started looking into it in depth yet (although I probably should). I think that actually calling the government (there should be a # on the website) might help because I also found that it wasn’t very clear. I think then you have to start calling different agencies that handle ID cards (e.g. birth certificate, health card etc).
Post # 4
There’s a company in Canada called I’m a Mrs. They offer name changing services with all the forms and various things necessary for changing it all over. I think it’s like $50 for all the forms and some help.
Their website is http://www.imamrs.com
That being said – I don’t know how complicated it is to do it all on your own – I would assume that there are some standard forms. My friend had some difficulties changing hers out in Vancouver but I think she said it had something to do with being staff at the RCMP rather than government name change.
Post # 5
I have already done the research as I was interested.
In ontario there are two ways to change your name:
1) Assume his name
– to assume his name (or I guess add his name to yours) literally you just have to use your marriage license. With your license start with the four major IDs (Driver’s License, Passport, SIN, Health Card) just bring in your marriage license and old IDs and they will change them. Then once you have ID with your new name you can take your new ID and marriage license to do the rest of the changes banks, with your employer etc.
– when you assume his name you can change back to your maiden name or change to hyphenated or change to his only at any time. Your birth certificate will remain with your maiden name
2) Change your name Formally
– You will have to apply to the government to do this by filling out a formal application. This will formally and legally change your name and change your BIRTH CERTIFICATE to your new married name
– If you have your name legally changed you will have to pay to change it again (god forbid) if you ever need too.
Most people just assume their husbands name.
Check out all the details in the links above!
Hope this helps
Post # 6
I don’t think I’ll change my name formally, assuming his name is enough… I mean, I’m not comfortable having a new birth certificate, I was still born with my maiden name… Also, since I was not born in Ontario, I don’t think they could issue a new birth certificate even if I wanted to…
I guess the best way is to start with SIN and Passport (I want to travel in August!) and then go from there.