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Ministry of Health

Change of Name - Fingerprint Information

  • Effective October 1, 2002, persons 18 years of age and over who wish to change their name will be required to have their fingerprints taken at their local Police office or RCMP detachment or approved agency.

  • The agency taking the prints will send these together with your completed application and supporting documents to the Vital Statistics Agency for processing. Please note that your application will not be vetted for completion by the police or finger print agency.

  • Following registration of the legal change of name, the fingerprints will be forwarded to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to conduct a criminal record check.

  • 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