Changing a name

How to apply

Follow these steps to apply for a legal change of name.

What’s important to know

All Canadian birth and marriage certificates with your former name must be surrendered for anyone having their name changed.

1. Complete the form

Complete the Legal Change of Name Application form.

  • get this form at a registry agent office

Find a registry agent

2. Gather the supporting documents

Gather the supporting documents needed. The registry agent will tell you what supporting documents you’ll need.

This may include:

  • acceptable government-issued ID
  • proof of name
  • proof of marital status
  • proof of relationship if you’re changing the name of a child/ward

3. Get fingerprints

Get electronic fingerprints for each person 12 years or older who is changing their name.

  • contact a fingerprinting agency to confirm the cost and how long it will take
  • only electronic fingerprints are accepted

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4. Submit the forms

Take the completed Legal Change of Name Application form, electronic fingerprints and all supporting documents to a registry agent office.

  • the registry agent will review all the documents for accuracy and send them to Vital Statistics for processing

Processing time

It usually takes 6 to 8 weeks to process an application. If information is missing, the application will be delayed.

Contact this service

780-427-7013 (Edmonton)

310-0000, then
780-427-7013 (toll-free in Alberta)

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

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