|Changing your name
Changing your name may be easier than you think. At Service New Brunswick, we will guide you step-by-step through the name change process. First, we need to find out what type of name change you want to make:
If you are changing your surname because of marriage, divorce, separation, or the death of your spouse, you do not need to apply to the Vital Statistics Office to do so. Please see the section I want to change my last name because of a change in my marital status at the end of this document.
If a mistake was made in the registration of your name, for example: names such as Michael vs. Micheal, we can help you correct it. In some cases, a change or correction to a person's name does not require a legal change of name under the Change of Name Act. Contact us at the Vital Statistics Office, by calling (506) 453-2385 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, an agent of Vital Statistics will evaluate your request to find out whether your name can be corrected through the amendment process of the Vital Statistics Act.
To change your given name or your surname, you need to make an application under the Change of Name Act. To be eligible you must be at least 19 years of age (or have been married regardless of age) and you must currently reside in New Brunswick.
A parent with legal custody of a child or legal guardian can apply to have a child's name changed. The consent of both parents is normally required. Also, children 12 years of age or older must give written consent to a change of their name.
What will I need to complete the name change process?
You will need:
What information do I need to provide to change my name?
Your application will include personal information, such as your marital status and your occupation. You will also need to answer questions about any criminal record you might have and any court cases you are involved in. And, you will need to explain why you want to change your name.
Yes. There are several reasons why the Registrar General might refuse an application, including:
What options do I have if my application is refused or if the Registrar General cannot proceed with my application?
The decision of the Registrar General can be appealed through the court system. You may also pursue your application for a change of name in court when the Registrar General cannot proceed with an application.
In such cases, a notice of application will be served to the other parent. It may prove necessary to pursue your application in court.
We will notify the province where your records are located that you have changed your name. You will be responsible for any fees charged to have your birth or marriage records amended.
The cost of a name change depends on the type and number of changes you request. Please call the Vital Statistics Office, at (506) 453-2385 for more information on the fees applicable in your particular case. All fees are payable, by cheque or money order, to Service New Brunswick. You may also pay by Visa or Mastercard in person at any Service New Brunswick Service Centre.
You can obtain a new Medicare card, driver licence and vehicle registration through Service New Brunswick. Call Service New Brunswick toll free at 1-888-762-8600, visit our website at www.snb.ca, or visit the Service Centre nearest you.
To change the name on your Social Insurance Number card, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca or call 1-800-206-7218 "option 3". You should also notify Revenue Canada, the Post Office, your bank, and bill-payment companies such as your providers of power, phone, and cable.
For more information, call Service New Brunswick at 1-888-762-8600.