Changing Your Last Name After Getting Married

If you choose to change your name after marriage, you can either assume your spouse’s last name or add their name to yours with a space or a hyphen — the order of the last names is entirely up to you. In Alberta, a legal name change is not required, just your marriage certificate and proper identification. Visit the Government of Alberta’s website for more information.

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All of your identification should reflect your new last name, and this is where it gets a little tricky, as you’ll need to contact each company or organization and ask what they require in order to make the change. Some will want to see your marriage certificate for verification purposes, which you can order at any AMA centre.

Change Last Name Checklist

The list below shows you some of the items you may need to update with your new last name.

We can help with your:

  • AMA membership
  • Licence and vehicle registration
  • Alberta Health Care
  • AMA Insurance (home, auto, health)
  • Driver’s licence

Don’t forget these guys though:

  • Social security card
  • Canada Revenue Agency (taxes)
  • Banking items — personal information, cheques, credit cards, etc.
  • Passport
  • Student loan(s)
  • Vehicle title
  • Mortgages
  • Voter registration
  • Insurance (auto, home, health, etc)
  • Utility companies
  • Home address labels
  • Work related items — payroll, business cards, email signature, etc.
  • Email address(s)
  • Memberships — gym, Costco, Netflix, etc.

Changing Your Last Name Back from a Married Name

If you want to return to using your maiden name after assuming your spouse’s last name, you simply follow the same procedure as above, but in reverse. We recommend making a list of the accounts you have where you want to update your name to keep you organized, and then approach the company or organization to find out what they require to make the change back. Some may want to see your marriage certificate (which will reflect the name you used at the time of your marriage), or they may want to see your birth certificate; some may want to see both. Continuing working through your list until all of your accounts have been updated.

Don’t forget that we can help you with your membership, driver’s licence and vehicle registration, Alberta Health Care, and insurance. When you’re ready, come into any AMA centre for assistance.

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