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How To Apply For A Legal Change Of Name

Changing your name is an important decision that may have consequences or effects on your personal life and business matters. In most instances a legal change of name will change your birth record. Prior to completing a change of name application please ensure that you have read through the following points:

  • For basic eligibility requirements for change of name
  • For information on requesting waivers of parental consent
  • Will my fingerprints have to be provided in order to successfully complete a change of name application?
  • What is the required fee to apply for a change of name?
  • For information on changing your name after marriage, reverting to a maiden surname or previous married name

To ensure your application is successful, please see the information on eligibility, waivers, fingerprints and fees on this website, see links above. To apply, you must complete the change of name application package (PDF 608K).

If you are changing your own name or the name of your child under 19 years of age, and are not able to print a change of name form, a copy may be obtained in person at a Vital Statistics or Service BC office. You may also request an application form, from the Vital Statistics Agency, phone 250 952-2681, or e-mail HLTH.CNFORMS@gov.bc.ca.

Application Requirements

  • All applications must include completion of Parts 1 (a) and (b) by the applicant. This may be a person changing his/her own name or a parent applying to change his/her child's name.
  • Surrender of all original birth certificates is required for each person born in Canada and changing a name legally. If born outside Canada, certified copies of immigration papers, permanent resident card or citizenship card.
  • In addition to a birth certificate, a marriage certificate may be required plus proof of custody if a parent is applying to change a child's name without the other parent's consent.
  • Advertising of your intent to legally change your name is no longer required.
  • A fingerprint package is also required for all adults (18 years and over) who are changing their name.
  • Once you have decided to submit a change of name application, a fingerprint package can be obtained in person at a Vital Statistics or Service BC office. You may also request a fingerprint package from the Vital Statistics Agency, phone 250 952-2681, or e-mail HLTH.CNFORMS@gov.bc.ca.
  • All appropriate fees enclosed.

Consent of Parent and Child

The parent(s) must complete a consent form for a child's change of name. The child's consent is required if the child is 12 years of age or older. If the child's name is changing to that of the spouse, the spouse's consent is also required. An application for waiver of parental consent can be made.