How Do I Legally Change My Name?
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:
- A woman wants to go back to her maiden name or a previous last name, providing she has not already legally changed her name.
- A husband/partner assumed the last name of his wife/partner.
- A mother and biological father of an Alberta-born child jointly request to change their child’s last name and add the father’s information to the child’s birth registration. This process is called child paternity – paternity may be processed as an amendment to the registration under the Vital Statistics Acts; some restrictions apply, so ask an agent for details.
- A mother marries the biological father of an Alberta-born child, and they jointly request to change the child’s last name. This process is called legitimization – legitimization may be processed as an amendment to the registration under the Vital Statistics Acts; some restrictions apply, so ask an agent for details.
- Parent(s) want to change an Alberta-born child’s given name(s). The child must be under 10 years of age.
- An Alberta-born person who wants to change their given names, is older than 10 years of age, and has documentary proof supporting the intended name. Given name changes may be processed as an amendment to the registration under the Vital Statistics Act; some restrictions apply, so ask an agent for details.
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.