- Mrs. Shortcake
- 10 years ago
- Wedding: October 2008 - Ceremony in a historic church, tented lawn reception at a golf and country club
How do you do it? Mr. Shortcake and I want the same last name (his) – but the application for change of name from the BC gov doesn’t list "marriage" as one of the reasons for a name change….and on the website it says
Marriage is one situation where people may change their names
Many women start using their spouse’s surname. Actually, you have five choices for your surname when you get married:
- First, you can keep the same family name that you had before the marriage, for example, your previous married surname if you were married before.
- Second, you can take the surname of the person you’re marrying.
- Third, you can use the family name that you had at birth or by adoption.
- Fourth, you and your new spouse can apply for an entirely new last name. For example, Mary Smith and Robert Jones can be legally changed to Mary and Robert Black.
- Fifth, you can apply to have a combined or hyphenated surname of both your spouse’s and your own surname.
How do you prove your chosen surname upon getting married?
Changing to your spouse’s surname doesn’t constitute a legal change of name under British Columbia’s Name Act. So if you choose to assume your spouse’s surname, your marriage certificate would be used for verification. If you choose to keep a previous married surname, a copy of the marriage certificate from your previous marriage would be used for verification. If you choose to keep your birth surname, your birth certificate would be used for verification.
When do you need to apply for a legal change of name?
You have to apply for a legal name change if you want an entirely new last name or if you want a hyphenated surname."
"entirely new last name" is what gets me….is it referring to the wording above – the Jones to Black example? OR, does it mean taking your husband’s name (which is "entirely new" to me!). My mom said she didn’t have to fill out any forms, or pay any fees ($162 on the application I have)…has anybody else changed their name in BC? How did you do it?