Post # 1
Hey Bees – I’m changing my last name and I’m confused about the options in Ontario. I can choose to change my name legally, which involves changing the name on my birth certificate, or I can “assume” his last name as a result of marriage, which would just change my name on my drivers license, health card, etc.
If I just assume his name, I guess my maiden name remains for federal documents (passport, taxes)? I’m so confused! I think the idea of changing my birth certificate is throwing me off. How can they just erase the past?? lol, seems so strange to me.
Which option did you select when changing your name? Why did you choose that, and what are the pros/cons?
Post # 2
I assumed DH’s last name and changed the name on my SIN so they match. (Because I changed my SIN all my tax documents have my married name now etc)
I was instructed when I went to get the marriage license not to change the name on my birth certificate as it would cause complications with other documents but I can’t exactly remember why- I just recall it being easier to assume his name rather than go through the whole name change process.
(Went to service Ontario with the marriage license and then service Canada with my new drivers license And the appropriate documents a few months later and it was super quick)
Post # 3
Thanks – this sounds like a good option. Your passport has the new last name as well, then?
Post # 4
I left my passport until the last minute so I’ve avoided getting a new one with my last name on it (I have a five year with my maiden name)
apparently for passports to get one with your new name you have to reapply completely and can’t renew with a new name- the lady at passport told me this, that’s why I didn’t get the 10 year for myself and went with the 5. Haven’t tried to use the one with my maiden name though.
Post # 5
I just paid for the 10 year….a year ago lol. ugh.
Post # 6
I assumed my DH’s last name and had to change every single thing except for my birth certificate. Definitely including SIN, tax documents and passport! I have been told this is the route that most married women (who change their name) take in Ontario. I felt like it was strange and unnecessary to completely “change” my last name and get a new birth certificate. Assuming is certainly easier and less expensive, if you do it quickly enough on your provincial documents there are no charges. You do need to apply for a completely new passport though, not renew it.
Post # 7
The most common method of changing your name in Ontario is to assume your spouses last name. Eventually you can change all documents but your birth certificate this way. That’s what I did.
There is no benefit to legally changing your name, plus it’s weird to change your birth certificate since that was your name at birth! To assume his name, you’ll need to request a marriage certificate through Service Ontario after your marriage has taken place. This is the document you’ll need to change everything over. It’s my understanding that the passport is the complicated one and you’d need to apply for a new passport entirely. I’d verify that with Passport Canada, but if that’s the case, there is no harm in continuing to use the one you have until it expires. You may want to carry a COPY of your birth certificate with you when you travel, just to have something else to match your maiden name with. This would of course mean you’d have to book travel in your maiden name until you have a new passport though.
Hope that helps!
Post # 8
I was instructed when I went to get the marriage license not to change the name on my birth certificate as it would cause complications with other documents
Seriously ? Is that a thing? Changing your birth name because you got married !! It’s as if the person you ‘ used to be’ is being erased ffs. I think that is insanely partriarchalist /weird – not to mention how it affects people trying to do genealogical research !