Ministry of Health
Frequently Asked Questions - Marriage
Which surname can I use after marriage? How do I change my surname 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.
My marriage ceremony was not held in British Columbia. Do I have to register my marriage in British Columbia?
- The Vital Statistics Agency only registers marriages that take place in this province. The Agency does not record any marriages that take place outside British Columbia.
- You can obtain a legal marriage certificate from the jurisdiction where you were married. This can be used to provide proof of marriage as required.
Can the Vital Statistics Agency appoint my friend as a Marriage Commissioner for my ceremony?
- Unfortunately, due to the legal procedures and training for granting Marriage Commissioner appointments, we are not able to provide temporary appointments.