Thinking about changing your name? Before going through the paperwork involved in changing your name take a look at the information we have. You may not need to legally change your name (depending on your situation) and could save yourself some time and effort.
You might need a legal name change if you are correcting or amending the name as it appeared on your original birth registration.
You don’t need a legal name change if you want to change your surname to a married last name. You don’t have to change your name after getting married, but in Alberta many women do choose to assume their spouse’s last name; however, this doesn’t require a legal name change. Find out what you need to do to change your name after getting married.
As well, in Alberta a legal name change may not be needed when:
Once you decide that you do need a legal name change, here are the three steps you need to follow:
1) If you are an Alberta resident come into any AMA centre to pick up a Legal Change of Name application. Remember to bring your membership card with you, as this is a member-only service, and you’ll be asked to show it. Additional documentation may also be asked for – ask an agent for details.
2) Bring your completed application and required documentation to your closest AMA centre and we will complete the processing and forward your documents to Vital Statistics.
3) Receive your certificate in the mail.
Book your appointment online to come in and speak to one of our agents at one of the following centres:
If you need to cancel or make changes to your appointment within 24 hours of the appointment time, please contact the centre directly.