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Ministry of Health

Marriage Registration and Certificates

This page contains information on marriage registration and certificates. By selecting an option from the menu on the left hand side of the page you can find information on or search for the following:

  • How to marry in British Columbia
  • How to order a marriage certificate in British Columbia
  • How to change a marriage record
  • Search for a Marriage Licence Issuer
  • Search for a Marriage Commissioner
  • Sample Wedding ceremony
  • How to Order a Certified copy of a Marriage Registration
  • How to become a BC Marriage Commissioner

Which Name Can I Use After Marriage?

After marriage you can choose to use your own or your spouse's surname.

Getting married does not result in a legal change of name or automatic change to your identification or records. To combine surnames in any way will require a legal Change of Name. To change your identification, please contact each agency directly.