In Ontario, you have two options of changing your name, legally or by assuming your spouse’s name.
Assuming your spouse’s name allows you to change your name on primary identification documents such as your driver’s licence, health card, passport, social insurance number and bank cards using your marriage certificate. Your name however, is not changed on your birth certificate. Your birth certificate will still show your maiden name. In the event that you decide to unassume your married name, you would not have to worry about paying to change your birth certificate name. The other key benefits to simply assuming your married name is that it’s free can be reversed without too much hassle and there is no application! It is important to note that common-law spouses are not able to assume a name as it requires a marriage certificate.
Name changes can be made in person at a ServiceOntario Centre. You will need your original marriage certificate. To unassume your married name you will need, your birth and marriage/divorce certificate, a photo health card or driver’s licence and a Change of Information form.
Legally changing your name does requires you to complete the Election to Change Surname form. For common-law spouses you are required to complete a Joint Declaration of Conjugal Relationship. Legally changing your name will also change your birth certificate name. Your new birth certificate will show not only your married name but also your maiden name.
If you decide to legal change your name within 90 days of marriage, there is no fee. After that, there is a fee of $25. Changing your name back to your maiden name is similarly done by completing the Election to Change Surname form and the fee is $25.
For more information on name changes, contact our Law Firm, Mann Law at (905) 565-5770 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: The above article is not a legal opinion as every case is different and is only for general awareness. Please contact us for specific questions and legal advise.