Social/Legal Care

Information and resources on Social and Legal care, including gender marker changes, name changes, and more.

What is Social Care?

Social care refers to the social transition process that is often known as “coming out”. People can socially transition by changing their appearance, name, and pronouns. Legal care is the legal transition process that is typically more formal and requires the change of legal documents such as government-issued identification.

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Gender Marker Changes

Name Changes

New Brunswick: Gender Marker Changes
New Brunswick: Name Changes
Nova Scotia: Gender Marker Changes
Nova Scotia: Name Changes
PEI: Gender Marker Changes
PEI: Name Changes
Newfoundland and Labrador: Gender Marker Changes
Newfoundland and Labrador: Name Changes
Québec: Gender Marker Changes
Québec: Name Changes
Ontario: Gender Marker Changes
Ontario: Name Changes
Manitoba: Gender Marker Changes
Manitoba: Name Changes
Saskatchewan: Gender Marker Changes
Saskatchewan: Name Changes
Alberta: Gender Marker Changes
Alberta: Name Changes
British Columbia: Gender Marker Changes
British Columbia: Name Changes
Yukon: Gender Marker Changes
Yukon: Name Changes
Northwest Territories: Gender Marker Changes
Northwest Territories: Name Changes
Nunavut: Gender Marker Changes
Nunavut: Name Changes

Fees

Application: None
Notarizing/witnessing:
Fees vary

Marker Options

F, M or X

Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in NB. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.
Steps: Child
    1. Have your parent/legal guardian fill out the Application
    2. Gather your documents:

    Parental Consent: The written consent of every person who has care and custody of the child. If consent cannot be obtained, proof of notification to all other parents and of their right to object to the change of sex designation. Additionally, an applicant may make an application to the court to remove the consent of a parent.

    Child consent (if 12-15): If the child is 12-15 years old, written and witnessed consent to the change of sex designation is required including a written statement from the child that the child has assumed, identifies with and intends to maintain the gender identity that corresponds with the change requested. This must be done in front of either of the following:

    A physician or psychologist licensed to practice in the Province of New Brunswick, a Physician or psychologist licensed to practice outside the Province of New Brunswick, or a person authorized to solemnize marriages under the New Brunswick Marriage Act.

      • Previous birth certificates 
      • Written statement of healthcare professional: A written statement provided by the following health professionals: physician or psychologist lawfully entitled to practice their profession
      • who confirms they have treated, evaluated or consulted with the child and that in their opinion, the child has the capacity to make an informed decision about whether to make an application for a change of sex designation; and 
      • who affirms the sex shown on the child’s birth certificate does not correspond with the child’s gender identity.

     

    1. Submit!
      Submit the application, documents, and fees by mail or in person, to Vital Statistics:

     

    Office location:
    435 King Street, Suite 203 Fredericton NB E3B 1E5

    Hours:
    8:15 am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday (except holidays)

    Mail:

    Vital Statistics
    Confidential Services
    PO Box 1998 Fredericton NB E3B 5G4

    Steps: Adult
    1. Fill the Application
    2. Gather your documents

    Written statement from the applicant: A written statement from the applicant that the applicant has assumed, identifies with and intends to maintain the gender identity that corresponds with the change requested.

    Written statement of healthcare professional: A written statement provided by a health professional who affirms the sex shown on the applicant's birth certificate does not correspond with the applicant's gender identity. The professional may be: 

    A physician, psychologist, nurse practitioner, registered nurse or social worker, lawfully entitled to practice their profession. Note: if you are unable to provide a written statement from a health professional, please provide the reason in the space provided and your application will be given due consideration.

     

    1. Submit! 

    Submit the application, documents, and fees by mail or in person, to Vital Statistics:

     

    Office location:
    435 King Street, Suite 203 Fredericton NB E3B 1E5

    Hours:
    8:15 am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday (except holidays)

    Mail:

    Vital Statistics
    Confidential Services
    PO Box 1998 Fredericton NB E3B 5G4

    Fees

    Application: $115
    Birth Certificate Changes: $45

    On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in NB, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

    Steps: Child
    1. Have your parent/legal guardian complete the application form
    2. Gather your documents:

    -A Sponsor for the Declaration of Sponsor ( Section 6 on application): The sponsor confirms the identity of the applicant and states they have known the applicant for at least two years and is not a family member. The declaration/signing must be made before a Commissioner of Oaths or Notary Public.

    - Child Consent: The consent must be witnessed by a person authorized to solemnize marriages under the Marriage Act or a health professional i.e. physician or psychologist licensed in the province of New Brunswick.

    -Additional information depending on birth place: See the second page of the Instruction and Application booklet for information you must include if born outside of New Brunswick

    1. Submit! Send the application, additional documents, and fees to: 

    Service New Brunswick
    Vital Statistics
    P.O. Box 1998 
    Fredericton, N.B. E3B 5G4

    Steps: Adult
    1. Complete the application form
    2. Gather your documents:

    -A Sponsor for the Declaration of Sponsor ( Section 6 on application): The sponsor confirms the identity of the applicant and states they have known the applicant for at least two years and is not a family member. The declaration must be made in front of a Commissioner of Oaths or Notary Public.

    - Applicant Consent: Witnessed by a person authorized to solemnize marriages under the Marriage Act or a health professional i.e. physician or psychologist licensed in the province of New Brunswick. Section 8 of the application. 

    -Additional information depending on birth place: See the second page of the Instruction and Application booklet for information you must include, if born outside of New Brunswick

    1. Submit! Send the application, additional documents, and fees to: 

    Service New Brunswick
    Vital Statistics
    P.O. Box 1998 
    Fredericton, N.B. E3B 5G4

    Fees

    Application: None
    Long form birth certificate: $39.90
    Notarizing/witnessing: Fees vary

    Marker Options

    F, M or X

    Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in NS. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.

    Steps: Child
      1. Fill out the application
      2. Gather all your Documents:

      Birth Certificates: All previous birth certificates must be included.

      If born outside of Nova Scotia: See the first page of the application for any additional documents that are needed if you were born outside of Nova Scotia

      Parental Consent: The written consent of every person who has legal custody of the applicant and/or who appears on the Birth Registration of the child who is 15 years of age and younger. See the first page of the application if this is not an option for you.

      A written statement from the applicant: On page 5 of the application: Here the applicant must read and sign the form stating that they are making the application to change their gender marker to align with gender identity. 

      A written statement from a Physician or Psychologist: This is found on pages 5 and 6. This must be someone who practices their profession in the Province, That confirms they have treated or evaluated the applicant and that in their opinion the applicant has the capacity to make an informed decision about whether to make an application for a change of sex indicator. They also affirm the sex shown on the applicant’s Birth Registration does not correspond with the applicant’s gender identity.

      1. Submit! 

      Submit the application, documents, and any fees (for additional copies if you want more than 1) by mail or in person: In person service by appointment only

      Vital Statistics office location: 

      1505 Barrington Street
      5S Maritime Centre
      Halifax, Nova Scotia
      B3J 3K5 Canada

      Enquiries or to book appointment:

      Local: (902) 424-4381
      Toll free: 1-877-848-2578 (Nova Scotia only)
      Fax: (902) 450-7313
      E-mail: vstat@novascotia.ca

      Hours:

      8:30am to 4:30pm
      Monday to Friday, except holidays

      Mailing address:

      Vital Statistics
      PO Box 157
      Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2M9 Canada

      Website and ordering online:
      novascotia.ca/vitalstats novascotia.ca/vitalstats/fr 

      Steps: Adult
      1. Fill out the application
      2. Gather all your Documents
      • Birth Certificates: All Birth Certificates issued with the current sex indicator must be submitted with your change of sex application.
      • If born outside of Nova Scotia: See the first page of the application for any additional documents that are needed if you were born outside of Nova Scotia
      • A Statutory Declaration: From the applicant that the applicant identifies with the gender identity that corresponds with the change requested. DO NOT sign this page of the application until you are with a Commissioner of Oaths, Barrister of The Supreme Court or a public notary. 
      1. Submit! 

      Submit the application, documents, and any fees (for additional copies if you want more than 1) by mail or in person: In person service by appointment only

      Vital Statistics office location: 

      1505 Barrington Street
      5S Maritime Centre
      Halifax, Nova Scotia
      B3J 3K5 Canada

       

      Enquiries or to book appointment:

      Local: (902) 424-4381
      Toll free: 1-877-848-2578 (Nova Scotia only) Fax: (902) 450-7313
      E-mail: vstat@novascotia.ca

       

      Hours:

      8:30 am to 4:30pm
      Monday to Friday, except holidays

       

      Mailing address:

      Vital Statistics
      PO Box 157
      Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2M9 Canada

       

      Website and ordering online:

      novascotia.ca/vitalstats novascotia.ca/vitalstats/fr

      Fees

      Application: $165.70

      On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in NS, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

      Steps: Child
      1. Contact Vital Statistics to get the Change of Name Application Form

      In person: Service Nova Scotia, Vital Statistics Office
      Maritime Centre, 5th Floor South
      1505 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS

      By phone: 902-424-4381

      Toll free: 1-877-848-2578By email: vstat@novascotia.ca

      1. Fill Out the application: If you are under 16 years old, your parent or legal guardian must fill out the application for you and consent to your name change.

       

      1. Gather all your documents:
        • All Birth Certificates issued before your change of name
        • See this website for documents to include if born outside of Nova Scotia 

       

      1. Fingerprinting:  If you’re 12 or older, complete the For Fingerprinting Agency chart (on page 5 of the application). Take the completed form with you to 1 of the following approved agencies and get your fingerprints taken: RCMP, Commissionaires Nova Scotia or municipal police department (or other police department providing policing services in the province). The agency submits the fingerprints to the RCMP’s Canadian Criminal Real Time Information System. If you’re 19 or older, the Canadian Criminal Real Time Information System notifies Vital Statistics that it received the fingerprints. If you’re 12 to 18, you get a notification in the mail from the Canadian Criminal Real Time Information System and you need to send the notification to Vital Statistics by mail or visit Vital Statistics.

       

      1. Submit! Send your completed application, documents and payment by mail or fax. Or contact Vital Statistics to book an appointment.
      Steps: Adult
      1. Contact Vital Statistics to get the Change of Name Application Form

      In person: Service Nova Scotia, Vital Statistics Office
      Maritime Centre, 5th Floor South
      1505 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS

      By phone: 902-424-4381

      Toll free: 1-877-848-2578By email: vstat@novascotia.ca

      1. Fill Out the application: If you are under 16 years old, your parent or legal guardian must fill out the application for you and consent to your name change.

       

      1. Gather all your documents:
        • All Birth Certificates issued before your change of name
        • See this website for documents to include if born outside of Nova Scotia 

       

      1. Fingerprinting:  If you’re 12 or older, complete the For Fingerprinting Agency chart (on page 5 of the application). Take the completed form with you to 1 of the following approved agencies and get your fingerprints taken: RCMP, Commissionaires Nova Scotia or municipal police department (or other police department providing policing services in the province). The agency submits the fingerprints to the RCMP’s Canadian Criminal Real Time Information System. If you’re 19 or older, the Canadian Criminal Real Time Information System notifies Vital Statistics that it received the fingerprints. If you’re 12 to 18, you get a notification in the mail from the Canadian Criminal Real Time Information System and you need to send the notification to Vital Statistics by mail or visit Vital Statistics.

       

      1. Submit! Send your completed application, documents and payment by mail or fax. Or contact Vital Statistics to book an appointment.

      Fees

      Application: None
      Short form birth certificate: $25
      Long form birth certificate: $35

      Marker Options

      F, M or X

      Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in PEI. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.

      Steps: Child
      1. Fill out the Application
      2. Gather Supporting Documents
      • Proof of lawful custody of  the person and the relationship between the applicant and the person, if the person whose gender is to be changed is a child (minor).
      • Written consent of legal guardians of any child whose gender is to be changed and if that child is over the age of 12;
      • Proof of PEI residency (PEI Health Card, citizenship card, etc.)
      • All previously issued  birth certificates.
      • completed statement from a Medical Practitioner that confirms that the applicant’s sex designation request is consistent with the sex designation with which the applicant identifies. (Section 3)
      • A copy of applicant’s and parent(s)’ government issued photo ID, and copy of applicant’s provincial health card.
      1. Submit! Submit with all supporting documents and fees. 

       

      By mail:
      Vital Statistics Division,
      P.O. Box 3000, Montague,
      PEI, C0A 1R0

      In person:
      126 Douses Road
      Montague, PEI or
      1st Floor Shaw Bldg. ,
      North Entrance, 95 Rochford Street,
      Charlottetown, PEI

      4. Appointment to sign required documents and oaths: The process will begin once we receive your completed application, associated documentation and fee at the Vital Statistics office.  You will be contacted by staff from Vital Statistics to confirm receipt of the application and to ensure that application has been completed and that additional information is not required to proceed with your application.  Staff will arrange an appointment time for you to sign the required documentation in the presence of a commissioner of oaths.

      Steps: Adult
      1. Fill out the Application 
      2. Gather Supporting Documents:
      • A written statement from the applicant confirming the applicant has assumed, identifies with the intent to maintain the gender identity that corresponds with the change requested (Section 2 of the Application).
      • A completed statement (Section 3 of the Application) from a Physician that confirms that the applicant's  gender designation request is consistent with the gender designation with which the applicant identifies.
      • A copy of the applicant's government issued photo ID (Section 4 of the Application).
      • Proof of PEI residency (PEI Health Card, citizenship card, etc.)
      • All previously issued  birth certificates.
      1. Submit! Submit with all supporting documents and fees. 

       

      By mail:
      Vital Statistics Division,
      P.O. Box 3000,
      Montague, PEI, C0A 1R0

       

      In person:
      126 Douses Road, Montague,
      PEI or 1st Floor Shaw Bldg. ,
      North Entrance, 95 Rochford Street,

      Charlottetown, PEI

      4. Appointment to sign required documents and oaths: The process will begin once we receive your completed application, associated documentation and fee at the Vital Statistics office.  You will be contacted by staff from Vital Statistics to confirm receipt of the application and to ensure that application has been completed and that additional information is not required to proceed with your application.  Staff will arrange an appointment time for you to sign the required documentation in the presence of a commissioner of oaths.

      Fees

      Application: $185

      On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in PEI, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

      Steps: Child
      1. Fill Application: Fill in the application and leave section H blank as it must be filled out in the Vital Statistics office with a notary.
      2. Gather Supporting Documents:

      -Original copy of the Long form birth certificate, Certificate of citizenship, or Immigration documentation

      -written consent of legal guardians of any child whose name is to be changed and of that child if over age 12;

      -Proof of PEI residency (PEI Health Card, citizenship card, etc.)

      -All previously issued birth certificates, marriage certificates and change-of-name certificates from another province, territory, state or country.

      1. Go to the Vital Statistics Office: Bring the completed application, associated documentation and fees to the Vital Statistics office. 

       

      1. Appointment to sign required documents and oaths: Someone from the office will be in touch with you once we receive your application to ensure all required information has been gathered and to arrange an appointment time to sign the documentation in the presence of a  commissioner of oaths.

       

      Note: Your name change will be published in the gazette

      Steps: Adult
      1. Fill Application: Fill in the application and leave section H blank as it must be filled out in the Vital Statistics office with a notary.
      2. Gather Supporting Documents:

      -Original copy of the Long form birth certificate, Certificate of citizenship, or Immigration documentation

      -written consent of legal guardians of any child whose name is to be changed and of that child if over age 12;

      -Proof of PEI residency (PEI Health Card, citizenship card, etc.)

      -All previously issued birth certificates, marriage certificates and change-of-name certificates from another province, territory, state or country.

      1. Go to the Vital Statistics Office: Bring the completed application, associated documentation and fees to the Vital Statistics office.
      2. Appointment to sign required documents and oaths: Someone from the office will be in touch with you once we receive your application to ensure all required information has been gathered and to arrange an appointment time to sign the documentation in the presence of a  commissioner of oaths.

      Note: Your name change will be published in the gazette

      Fees

      Application: None
      New Birth Certificate: $35, or $30 online

      Marker Options

      F, M or X

      Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in NFLD. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.

      Steps: Child
      1. Have your Parent/Legal Guardian Fill out the Application
      2. Gather supporting Documents:
        • A written and notarized statement from the parent(s)/guardian(s) that the applicant/child has assumed, identifies with and intends to maintain the gender identity that corresponds with the change requested.
        • written consent from a prescribed professional that affirms they have treated, evaluated or consulted with the applicant/child and the applicant’s/child’s request is consistent with the sex designation with which the applicant/child identifies.
        • If the applicant is under the age of 12, a statement from one additional health professional is required.
        • Consent is also required from individuals age 12 to 15 years
        • All short and long form birth certificates in the applicant’s possession issued prior to the change of sex designation must be returned to the Vital Statistics Division, as they will no longer be valid.
      3. Submit! Submit the application, fees, and documents to:

      All mailed in requests should be addressed to:

      “Confidential Services”
      Vital Statistics Division
      Digital Government and Service NL
      P. O. Box 8700, St. John’s NL A1B 4J6 Canada

      For inquiries please call (709) 729-3313

      Due to the public health emergency guidelines, counter service is available by appointment only by calling 1-709-729-3308

      Steps: Adult
      1. Fill out the Application
      2. Gather Your Documents:
        • A written statement from the applicant confirming the applicant has assumed, identifies with and intends to maintain the gender identity that corresponds with the change requested (Section 2)
        • All short and long form birth certificates in the applicant’s possession issued prior to the change of sex designation must be returned to the Vital Statistics Division, as they will no longer be valid.
      3. Submit! Submit the application, fees, and documents to:

       

      All mailed in requests should be addressed to:

      “Confidential Services”, Vital Statistics Division
      Digital Government and Service NL
      P. O. Box 8700, St. John’s NL A1B 4J6 Canada

       

      For inquiries please call (709) 729-3313

      Due to the public health emergency guidelines, counter service is available by appointment only by calling 1-709-729-3308.

      Fees

      Application: $130
      New Birth Certificate: $35, or $30 online

      On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in NL, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

      Steps: Child
        1. Have your legal guardian fill out the application

         

        1. Gather Your Documents

        -Original Birth Certificates

        -Statutory Declaration: Part 2 of the application, be sure to sign this page in front of a Commissioner of Oaths or Justice of the Peace or Notary Public

        -Include your consent if you are over 12 years old

         

        1. Submit!

        Please return completed form, fees, and the documents to:

        Vital Statistics Division, Digital Government and Service
        NL, P. O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL Canada
        A1B 4J6.
        Telephone: (709) 729-3308.

         

        *NOTE* All surname changes must be published in the Newfoundland and Labrador Gazette. Refer to application for exceptions.

        Steps: Adult
        1. Fill out the application
        2. Gather Supporting Documents

        -Original Birth Certificates

        -Statutory Declaration: Part 2 of the application, be sure to sign this page infront of a Commissioner of Oaths or Justice of the Peace or Notary Public

        1. Submit!

        Please return completed form, fees, and the supporting documents to:

        Vital Statistics Division, Digital Government and Service
        NL, P. O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL Canada
        A1B 4J6. 

        Telephone: (709) 729-3308.

        *NOTE* All surname changes must be published in the Newfoundland and Labrador Gazette. Refer to application for exceptions.

        Fees

        Application: Free initial application, $152.00 for subsequent applications
        Affidavit: Fees vary

        Marker Options

        F, M or X

        Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in QU. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Fill the application
          • If you are between 14 and 17 years old, you can either apply for yourself, or have a parent or tutor apply for you. There is a different form depending on which option you choose.
        2. Gather your Documents: 
          • Include the affidavit of someone who has known you for at least one year (section 7 of the application form) and signed in front of someone who can administer oaths.
          • Include a legible photocopy of valid photo ID with signature.
          • Include a legible photocopy of two proofs of home address, one dated at the most one month and the other at least 12 months from the date on which you file your application. A single proof of home address is required for a person born in Québec but domiciled elsewhere.
          • Include a legible photocopy of valid photo ID with signature of the person who completed the affidavit.
          • Include a legible photocopy of the person’s Québec health insurance card.

        *See page 5 and 6 of the application form for other documents in specific situations.

        1. Submit!
          Submit your application, documents, and fees to:
          Service des modifications aux actes et des célébrants Directeur de l’état civil
          2535, boulevard Laurier
          Québec (Québec) G1V 5C6

        *Credit card (Visa and Mastercard*), cheque, postal money order, bank money order. Cheques and postal or bank money orders must be made payable to the Directeur de l’état civil.

        Steps: Adult
        1. Fill the application
          • Fill section 5 in front of a commissioner for oaths
        1. Gather your Documents: This is to be done before filing your application.
          • Include the affidavit of someone who has known you for at least one year (included in the application form) and signed infront of someone who can administer oaths.
          • Include a legible photocopy of valid photo ID with signature.
          • Include a legible photocopy of two proofs of home address, one dated at the most one month and the other at least 12 months from the date on which you file your application. A single proof of home address is required for a person born in Québec but domiciled elsewhere.
          • Include a legible photocopy of valid photo ID with signature of the person who completed the affidavit

        *See page 5 and 6 of the application form for other documents in specific situations.

        1. Submit!
          Submit your application, documents, and fees to: 

        Service des modifications aux actes et des célébrants Directeur de l’état civil
        2535, boulevard Laurier
        Québec (Québec) G1V 5C6

        *Credit card (Visa and Mastercard*), cheque, postal money order, bank money order. Cheques and postal or bank money orders must be made payable to the Directeur de l’état civil.

        Fees

        Application: $152 
        Change of name certificate: $12.40

        On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in QU, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child

        1. Submit the application for preliminary analysis

        Preliminary analysis enables the Directeur de l'état civil to verify a person's eligibility to apply for a change of name and to determine if that step is appropriate for their situation. Have your guardian or tutor complete this form for the analysis. If eligible, they will send the needed documents for the change. If not eligible, they will notify you. 

        NOTE: Eligibility to apply for a change of name does not mean that the change of name will be authorized by the Directeur de l'état civil.

         

        1. Fill the application

        Your legal guardian will fill out the form.

         

        1. Gather Supporting Documents: This is to be done before filing your application.

         

        -Make a sworn statement before a person authorized by law. More about this will be available in the application. This can be done free of charge at your local office of the Directeur de l’état civil.

        -Notification: Notifying means to inform other individuals of the proposed name change before the application is processed, so they have a chance to object. In the case of an application for a person between age 14 and 17 filed by his or her father, mother or tutor, notify the person that an application to change his or her name will be filed with the Directeur de l'état civil. If filed by the child, the legal parents and tutor (if any), must be notified. 

        You will need to prove to the Directeur de l'état civil that the person notified received a copy of the application. If the notice was sent by registered mail, you can obtain proof from Canada Post that they received the envelope. If the service was made by a bailiff, the bailiff will give you a report indicating that the copy was delivered.

        -Give public notice of your intention to file an application for a change of name by having the required notices published, unless you have been exempted.These publications allow interested persons to become aware of your application for a change of name.

        For more information, consult the Publication of a notice in civil status matters section.

         

        1. Submit the application and any necessary documents

         

        1. Receive the Decision:

        After examining an application for a change of name, the Directeur de l'état civil renders a written decision explaining the reasons for accepting or rejecting it. That decision is given to the applicant and, if applicable, to persons who submitted an objection or comments regarding the application.


        *NOTE* Quebec only approves name change requests under certain conditions that meet the standards of “seriousness” as per article 58 of the Civil Code of Quebec. The application does not indicate that you must submit supporting documents from professionals etc., however it is important to provide concrete examples that indicate the experience of “Serious prejudice or psychological suffering caused by the use of the name” to increase the chances of being approved for a name change.

        Steps: Adult

        1. Submit the application for preliminary analysis

        Preliminary analysis enables the Directeur de l'état civil to verify a person's eligibility to apply for a change of name and to determine if that step is appropriate for his or her situation.Complete this form for the analysis. If eligible, they will send the needed documents for the change. If not eligible, they will notify you. 

        NOTE: Eligibility to apply for a change of name does not mean that the change of name will be authorized by the Directeur de l'état civil.

         

        1. Fill the application

         

        1. Gather Supporting Documents: This is to be done before filing your application

         

        -Make a sworn statement before a person authorized by law. More about this will be available in the application. This can be done free of charge at your local office of the Directeur de l’état civil.

        -Give public notice of your intention to file an application for a change of name by having the required notices published, unless you have been exempted.These publications allow interested persons to become aware of your application for a change of name.

        For more information, consult the Publication of a notice in civil status matters section.

         

        1. Submit the application and any necessary documents

         

        1. Receive the Decision:

        After examining an application for a change of name, the Directeur de l'état civil renders a written decision explaining the reasons for accepting or rejecting it. That decision is given to the applicant and, if applicable, to persons who submitted an objection or comments regarding the application.

        *NOTE* Quebec only approves name change requests under certain conditions that meet the standards of “seriousness” as per article 58 of the Civil Code of Quebec. The application does not indicate that you must submit supporting documents from professionals etc., however it is important to provide concrete examples that indicate the experience of “Serious prejudice or psychological suffering caused by the use of the name” to increase the chances of being approved for a name change.

        Fees

        Application: None 
        Birth certificate or birth certificate with parental information: $25
        Certified copy of birth registration: $35
        Statutory Declaration: Fees vary

        Marker Options

        F, M or X

        Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in ON. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Have your parent complete the application form
        2. Gather Your Documents:
          • Have someone with custody of you complete the statutory declaration,  and sign it before a commissioner for taking affidavits (such as a lawyer, notary, or MPP)
          • Complete a consent form, including all other persons with legal custody of the child if the applicant shares custody with others. If more than one person is providing consent, photocopy the blank consent form for each person to complete.
          • Consent form providing written consent of the child
          • Give every adult with access to you (regardless of if they have custody) who has not filled out a consent form with notice of the change, and keep proof of notice
          • Get a letter from a practicing physician or psychologist supporting your application. This letter must include them saying: that they:
            • Are a practicing member in good standing of the appropriate regulatory body (e.g., College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, College of Psychologists of Ontario)
            • They have treated or evaluated the child (identified by full name) who is requesting the change in sex designation (specify the change in sex designation);
            • They confirm that the child’s gender identity does not accord with the sex designation on the child’s birth registration; and
            • They are of the opinion that the change of sex designation on the birth registration is appropriate.
          • All previously issued birth certificates, birth certificates with parental information, and certified copies of the birth registration.
          • A completed Request for Birth Certificate application with payment for any requested birth certificates or a certified copy of birth registration.  application for a birth certificate
        3. Submit!

          Mail your package of the application form, documents, and fees to:

          Office of the Registrar General
          189 Red River Road, P.O. Box 3000
          Thunder Bay, Ontario
          P7B 5W0

        Steps: Adult
        1. Complete the application form
        2. Gather Your Documents:
          • Statutory Declaration for a Change of Sex Designation on a Birth Registration of Adult, in the required form, completed by the applicant who must be born in Ontario and is at least 16 years of age, and signed before a commissioner for taking affidavits (e.g., lawyer, notary public, member of provincial parliament).
          • Get a letter from a practicing physician or psychologist supporting your application. This letter must include them saying: that they:
            • Are a practicing member in good standing of the appropriate regulatory body (e.g., College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, College of Psychologists of Ontario) and they:
              • have treated or evaluated the applicant (identified by full name) who is requesting the change in sex designation (specify the change in sex designation);
              • confirm that the applicant’s gender identity does not accord with the sex designation on the applicant’s birth registration; and
              • are of the opinion that the change of sex designation on the birth registration is appropriate.
          • All previously issued birth certificates, birth certificates with parental information, and certified copies of the birth registration.
          • A completed Request for Birth Certificate application with payment for any requested birth certificates or a certified copy of birth registration. application for a birth certificate  
        1. Submit!

        Mail your package of the application, documents and fees to:
        Office of the Registrar General
        189 Red River Road, P.O. Box 3000
        Thunder Bay, Ontario
        P7B 5W0

        Fees

        Application: $137
        Notary: Fees vary

        On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in ON, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Have your parent/legal guardian fill the Application form: Save your progress before downloading or printing. 

         

        1. Gather your documents: 

        -A confirmed/notarized copy of your Identity Document, a notarized copy of a residency document proving your address,birth certificate (see section B for details).

        -Guarantor's statement proving how long the child has lived in Ontario on page 11-12 of the application (see additional info section to see who qualifies)

        -All previously issued original birth certificates or certified copies of birth registration (long form birth certificates). If you do not have this, see page 13 of the application.

        -Consent Form; a separate consent form to be completed and signed by every person who shares legal custody of the child, and the child if twelve years of age or older. See part 2 on application form.

        -Notice Form; Notice and a copy of this application must be given to every person with legal access to the child. Included with this application, a notice form signed by each person with legal access or a registered mail receipt to show notice has been sent. The registered mail receipt must contain a full mailing address and the date sent to the person entitled to notice.

        -Statutory Declaration form signed by the applicant and the commissioner (pg 15-16 on application).  Bring the application and all of the documents to the commissioner. Sign at the X on the next page in front of the commissioner.The commissioner will fill in and sign the Statutory Declaration form on the next page.There are commissioners in every community who will provide this service. Here are some examples of commissioners: a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, clerks, deputy clerks and treasurers of local municipalities, a lawyer entitled to practice law in Ontario, or provincial judges and justices of the peace. 

        -Police Record Check (IF APPLICABLE): If you answered “Yes” to questions 2, 3, 4, or 5 on page 4 of the application, you must provide a current original police record check with the application. Download the Requirements for a Police Record Check for a Change of Name and give it to the police force conducting the check to make sure you get the one that meets all the requirements and include it with your application.

         

        1. Submit!

        Mail the form, all supporting documents, and the fee to the Office of the Registrar General. Print your own address on the top left corner of the envelope before mailing. Send your request by mail and pay by cheque, money order (made payable to the Minister of Finance), VISA or MasterCard.

        The Deputy Registrar General Office of the Registrar

         General PO Box 3000, 189 Red River Road Thunder Bay ON P7B 5W0

        1. Now what?

        You will get a change of name certificate. It will show the child’s previous name and new name. You can use this certificate to change the child’s name on other documents.You will get a new birth certificate with the new name if the child was born in Ontario. See page 15 for more information about certificates. You must indicate on page 15 if you do not want the sex of the child to be displayed on the child’s birth certificate.

        *NOTE* Notice of a name change is published in The Ontario Gazette, the Government of Ontario’s official publication.

        Steps: Adult
        1. Complete the Application form: Save your progress before downloading or printing. 
        2. Gather your documents: 

        -A confirmed/notarized copy of your Identity Document, a notarized copy of a residency document proving your address,birth certificate (see section B for details).

        -Guarantor's statement proving how long you have lived in Ontario in part 4 of the application(see additional info section to see who qualifies), 

        -All previously issued original birth certificates or certified copies of birth registration (long form birth certificates). If you do not have this, see page 13 of the application.

        -Notice Form; You only need to fill in this part (part 2 in application) if you are married now, or you signed a Joint Declaration of Conjugal Relationship (Form 3, Change of Name Act). 

        -Consent Form (if 16 or 17): You will need consent from every person who has legal custody of you before you can change your name (you must also complete Part 3 of the application).

        -Police Record Check (IF APPLICABLE): If you answered “Yes” to questions 2, 3, 4, or 5 on page 5 of the application, you must provide a current original police record check with the application. Download the Requirements for a Police Record Check for a Change of Name and give it to the police force conducting the check to make sure you get the one that meets all the requirements and include it with your application.

        -Statutory Declaration form signed by the applicant and the commissioner (pg 15-16 on application).  Bring the application and all of the documents to the commissioner. Sign at the X on the next page in front of the commissioner.The commissioner will fill in and sign the Statutory Declaration form on the next page.There are commissioners in every community who will provide this service. Here are some examples of commissioners: a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, clerks, deputy clerks and treasurers of local municipalities, a lawyer entitled to practice law in Ontario, or a provincial judges and justices of the peace. 

         

        1. Submit!

        Mail the form, all documents, and the fees to the Office of the Registrar General. Print your own address on the top left corner of the envelope before mailing. Send your request by mail and pay by cheque, money order (made payable to the Minister of Finance), VISA or MasterCard.

        The Deputy Registrar General Office of the Registrar

         General PO Box 3000, 189 Red River Road Thunder Bay ON P7B 5W0

        1. Now what?

        You will get a change of name certificate. It will show your previous name and new name. You can use this certificate to change the other documents.You will get a new birth certificate with the new name if you were born in Ontario. See page 15 for more information about certificates.

        *NOTE* Notice of a name change is published in The Ontario Gazette, the Government of Ontario’s official publication.

        Fees

        Application: $60
        Change of sex certificate: $30

        Marker Options

        F, M or X

        Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in MB. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Complete the Application form: Pay special attention to page 3 that outlines which sections need to be filled for different situations.
        2. Gather your documents:
          • Confirmed/notarized copy of your Identity Document
          • Copy of a residency document proving your address,
          • Birth certificate (see section C for details)
          • Statutory declaration: You will need to get section C of the application notarized. Do not sign this page until in front of the notary. This is an additional cost.
          • Supporting Letter from a Healthcare Professional: Have a health care professional fill in page 11: If under 18 years old, the health care provider will also have to check a box saying, “in my professional opinion the applicant has the capacity to make health care decisions.”

         

        1. Submit! Submit your application, supporting documents, fees. This can be submitted in person or by mail:
          Vital Statistics Agency
          254 Portage Avenue
          Winnipeg MB R3C 0B6
        Steps: Adult
        1. Complete the Application form: Pay special attention to page 3 that outlines which sections need to be filled for different situations.
        2. Gather your documents:
          • Confirmed/notarized copy of your Identity Document
          • Copy of a residency document proving your address,
          • Birth certificate (see section C for details)
          • Statutory declaration: You will need to get section C of the application notarized. Do not sign this page until in front of the notary. This is an additional cost.
          • Supporting Letter from a Healthcare Professional: Have a health care professional fill in page 11: If under 18 years old, the health care provider will also have to check a box saying, “in my professional opinion the applicant has the capacity to make health care decisions.”

         

        1. Submit! Submit your application, supporting documents, fees. This can be submitted in person or by mail:
          Vital Statistics Agency
          254 Portage Avenue
          Winnipeg MB R3C 0B6

        Fees

        Application: $120.07
        Updated birth certificate: $30
        Notary charges: $40-$60

        On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in MB, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Have your parent/ legal guardian complete the Application form: Pay special attention to page 3 that outlines which sections need to be filled. 

         

        1. Gather your documents:

        -Documents of the parent: Submit a confirmed/notarized copy of your Identity Document, a notarized copy of a residency document proving your address,birth certificate (see section B for details).

        -Documents of the child: birth certificate (original)

        -Consent form for children over 12 years old: The child will need to sign the form on page 13, consenting to the name change. A witness (18 years of age or older and not related to the parent and child) will sign the box below the consent form. 

        -Consent form for the other parent: On page 15, including a signed witness. 

        -Affidavit of good faith by the parent: The applying parent will need to get section D of the application notarized. Do not sign this page until in front of the notary. This is an additional cost. 

        1. Submit! Submit application, documents, and fees. Can be submitted in person or by mail.

         

         In person: Fees can be paid with debit, cash,credit card, money order, or cheque.

        Through mail: Can pay with credit card, money order, or cheque payable to the Minister of Finance.


        Vital Statistics Agency 254 Portage Avenue Winnipeg MB R3C 0B6

        7.Request the birth certificate: If you want the physical birth certificate, the separate Application for a Manitoba Birth Document must be submitted along with this application form.


        *NOTE* Your name change will be posted in the Manitoba Gazette. No information has been found about waiving this requirement.

        Steps: Adult
        1. Complete the Application form: Pay special attention to page 3 that outlines which sections need to be filled. 
        2. Gather your documents:

        -Confirmed/notarized copy of your Identity Document

        -Notarized copy of a residency document proving your address,birth certificate (see section B for details).

        -Affidavit: You will need to get section C of the application notarized. Do not sign this page until in front of the notary. 

        1. Submit! Submit application, documents, and fees. Can be submitted in person or by mail.

         In person: Fees can be paid with debit, cash,credit card, money order, or cheque.

        Through mail: Can pay with credit card, money order, or cheque payable to the Minister of Finance.


        Vital Statistics Agency 254 Portage Avenue Winnipeg MB R3C 0B6

        1. Fingerprinting: Do NOT go to an authorized fingerprinting agency until Vital Statistics Agency sends you the form. After you receive the Information Sheet about Manitoba Legal Change of Name and Fingerprinting from the Vital Statistics Agency, bring it with you to the authorized fingerprinting agency of your choice.

        *NOTE* Your name change will be posted in the Manitoba Gazette. No information has been found about waiving this requirement.

        Fees

        Application: $20 *no fee for the health card*
        Optional: Short Form Birth Certificate: $35)
        Optional but recommended for people 16 yrs and younger: Long Form Birth Certificate $40

        Marker Options

        F, M or X

        Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in SK. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Complete the Application that fits your criteria:
          • I was born in Saskatchewan and live in Saskatchewan, Form #1
          • I was born in Saskatchewan but do not live in Saskatchewan,  Form #2
          • I was not born in Saskatchewan but live in Saskatchewan, Form #3
        1. Gather Your Documents:
          • Include a copy of your identification:
            • OPTION #1: include ONE Government Issued Photo ID such as: Photo Driver’s License, Passport, Native Status Card, Citizenship Card, or Permanent Resident Card.
            • OPTION #2: Include TWO pieces of other ID like: Birth Certificate, Health Card, Student ID Card, Library Card, Court Order, Utility Bill i.e. SaskPower, SaskEnergy, etc.that displays name and address, Bank Statement,, Residential Lease, Mortgage Document, Income Tax Statement, Cancelled Cheque, Social Assistance Benefit that displays name and address.
        1. Statutory Declaration: Complete the statutory declaration before a Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths. This is found in the application. Do not sign this page until they are present.
          • Supporting Statement from Health Care Professional: In the application, a health care professional will be asked to sign the application stating that this change is ‘appropriate’.

            *UNDER 18: If under 18 years old, the health care provider will also have to check a box saying, “in my professional opinion the applicant has the capacity to make health care decisions.”

        1. Submit!
          • Send your application, including the supporting documents and the fees to:

            Email (if payment is by credit card): 

        Registrations@eHealthSask.ca
        Mail or In-Person: Health Registries, Vital Statistics 2130 11th Avenue
        Regina, SK S4P 0J5

        1. Returning old identification: Mail your old birth certificate to their office. A new health card will be mailed to you.
        Steps: Adult
        1. Complete the Application that fits your criteria:
          • I was born in Saskatchewan and live in Saskatchewan, Form #1
          • I was born in Saskatchewan but do not live in Saskatchewan,  Form #2
          • I was not born in Saskatchewan but live in Saskatchewan, Form #3
        1. Gather Your Documents:
          • Include a copy of your identification:
            • OPTION #1: include ONE Government Issued Photo ID such as: Photo Driver’s License, Passport, Native Status Card, Citizenship Card, or Permanent Resident Card.
            • OPTION #2: Include TWO pieces of other ID like: Birth Certificate, Health Card, Student ID Card, Library Card, Court Order, Utility Bill i.e. SaskPower, SaskEnergy, etc.that displays name and address, Bank Statement,, Residential Lease, Mortgage Document, Income Tax Statement, Cancelled Cheque, Social Assistance Benefit that displays name and address.
        1. Statutory Declaration: Complete the statutory declaration before a Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths. This is found in the application. Do not sign this page until they are present.
          • Supporting Statement from Health Care Professional: In the application, a health care professional will be asked to sign the application stating that this change is ‘appropriate’.

            *UNDER 18: If under 18 years old, the health care provider will also have to check a box saying, “in my professional opinion the applicant has the capacity to make health care decisions.”

        1. Submit!
          • Send your application, including the supporting documents and the fees to:

            Email (if payment is by credit card): 

        Registrations@eHealthSask.ca
        Mail or In-Person: Health Registries, Vital Statistics 2130 11th Avenue
        Regina, SK S4P 0J5

        1. Returning old identification: Mail your old birth certificate to their office. A new health card will be mailed to you.

        Fees

        Application: $125
        Notary: $20-$25

        On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in SK, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Contact Vital Statistics for the Application:

          Email or call  eHealth and ask for the Name Change Application. You will need to give them your full name, SK Health Care Number, your mailing address, email address, and phone number. Then, they will mail you the name change application.

        Toll Free: 1-800-667-7551 (Canada and US)
        Phone: 306-787-3251
        Fax: 306-787-8951
        Email: vitalstatistics@eHealthSask.ca

        Phone service: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
        Walk-in service:  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
        Monday to Friday Excluding Statutory Holidays

         

        1. Complete the Application Form.

         

        1. Gather Documents: Original birth certificate, including names of parents, parent’s original birth certificates, proof of custody (if applicable), proof of residency (ie. photocopy of Saskatchewan residency card), and the fees (the application fees and publishing fees).

         

        NOTE: It is against postal regulations to send cash in the mail, so this must be done through money order or a cheque. 

         

        1. Obtain Consent: If you are 14-18 years old,you will need to provide written consent to have your name changed. If you are younger than 14, your parent does not need your permission to change your name. You need written consent from any other person who shares legal custody of any child whose name is being changed. If you cannot obtain the written consent that is required, a court order dispensing with consent may be submitted instead.

         

        1. Notarization: You will need to get your application form notarized. 

         

        1. Submit: Submit your forms to the address listed on the application form.

        *NOTE* Publication: Every name change will be published with your new name in the Saskatchewan Gazette,In the form, they will request the reason for your name change and there is a spot where you can request an exemption/public interest waiver. This will stop your dead name from being shown publicly.

        Steps: Adult
        1. Contact Vital Statistics for the Application: Email or call  eHealth and ask for the Name Change Application. You will need to give them your full name, SK Health Care Number, your mailing address, email address, and phone number. Then, they will mail you the name change application.

        Toll Free: 1-800-667-7551 (Canada and US)
        Phone: 306-787-3251
        Fax: 306-787-8951
        Email: vitalstatistics@eHealthSask.ca

        Phone service: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
        Walk-in service:  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
        Monday to Friday Excluding Statutory Holidays

         

        1. Complete the Application Form: Do this before getting your criminal record check.

         

        1. Gather Documents: Original birth certificate, including names of parents, parent’s original birth certificates, proof of custody (if applicable), proof of residency (ie. photocopy of Saskatchewan residency card), and the fees (the application fees and publishing fees).

        NOTE: It is against postal regulations to send cash in the mail, so this must be done through money order or a cheque. 

        1. Notarization: You will need to get your application form notarized. 

         

        1. Criminal Record Check: You will need to do a criminal record check ( an original criminal record check that must be received within 14 days of the date indicated on your criminal record check results from the RCMP or your local police service.

        NOTE:  If your criminal record check indicates you have a criminal record, you must submit a criminal record check that requires you to be fingerprinted by your local police or RCMP. 

        1. Submit: Submit your forms to the address listed on the application form.

        *NOTE* Publication: Every name change will be published with your new name in the Saskatchewan Gazette,In the form, they will request the reason for your name change and there is a spot where you can request an exemption/public interest waiver. This will stop your dead name from being shown publicly.

        Fees

        Application: none
        Amendment fee: $20
        Registry agent fee: Fees vary
        Notary or commissioner of oaths fee: Fees vary

        Marker Options

        F, M or X

        Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in AB. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Complete the request to amend a vital statistics registration form     
        2. Gather your documents:
          • Affidavit form: Have your parent or guardian complete the affidavit form. Sign the Affidavit: Sex Amendment for a Minor in front of a Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths. When the applicant is a guardian, a copy of their guardianship order is required.
          • Consent Forms: Provide consent form(s) filled out by all legal parents/guardians, and have the form(s) witnessed (Consent to Amend):
            Each of the following must consent to amending the minor’s sex indicator by signing a consent form:
            • all parents of the minor
            • all guardians of the minor (if any); when a guardian’s consent is being provided, a copy of their guardianship order is required
            • the minor whose sex indicator is being amended
            • Each person’s consent must be witnessed.
          • Previous Birth certificates: All Alberta birth certificates issued before the amendment must be given to Vital Statistics.
          • If Under the Age of 12: If you are under the age of 12, get a statement from a professional supporting the application The professional statement form must be completed by one of the following professionals: a regulated member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, a regulated member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, a regulated member of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, or a regulated member of the Alberta College of Social Workers. The professional must hold a valid practice permit for one of the above professions.
        3. Submit: Submit your application, fees, and documents to: 

          Vital Statistics
          Box 2023
          Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4W7

          OR

          You can also drop off your application, documents, and fees at a registry agent and ask them to send it to Vital Statistics on your behalf. The registry agent may charge an additional fee for this service.

        Steps: Adult
        1. Complete the request to amend a vital statistics registration form
        2. Gather your documents:
          • Affidavit form: Fill out and  sign the Affidavit: Sex Amendment for an Adult in front of a Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths.
          • Previous Birth certificates: All Alberta birth certificates issued before the amendment must be given to Vital Statistics.
        3. Submit: Submit your application, fees, and documents to:

          Vital Statistics
          Box 2023
          Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4W7
          OR
          You can also drop off your application, documents, and fees at a registry agent and ask them to send it to Vital Statistics on your behalf. The registry agent may charge an additional fee for this service.

        Fees

        Application: $120

        Registry agent service: Fees vary *Under 18 yrs old*

        Electronic Fingerprint Report: Paid in person

        Criminal Record Check: Fees vary *Over 18 yrs old*

        On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in AB, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Read this guide: This guide outlines all the information that may be applicable to you. Change of Name Information Guide

         

        2.Have your parent or guardian complete the Application form Application for Change of Name

         

        1. Gather your documents:

        -Original Birth certificate: When you are born in Canada, take your original birth certificate with you to the registry agent office; they will take a photocopy of it.
        *If you are born in Alberta and do not have an original birth certificate to provide, Vital Statistics will locate your birth record in their office and confirm your current legal name.

        - Consent Forms: All the parents recorded on the child’s birth certificate must consent to the legal name change. A birth certificate for the child showing parentage must be provided when born in Canada, take the original birth certificate with you to a registry agent office.

        -If 12 years and older; Child consent: 

        If you are 12 years old or older, you must consent to your name being legally changed. The consent of each of the above (as is applicable) must be witnessed in the name change application:

          • A witness must be 18 years old or older.
          • Parent (the applicant) cannot witness your child/ward's consent.
          • A person who is changing their name in the application cannot witness your child/ward’s consent.
          • A step parent, whose name the child is taking, cannot witness your child/ward’s consent.
          • A witness cannot be seen as having a conflict of interest; for example, a stepparent cannot witness a child's consent when the child’s name is being legally changed to the stepparent's name.

        -Proof of Identity: You must bring this proof to the registry agent.  An acceptable Proof of Identity document must have all the following.

          • It must have your picture on it and you must look like the picture.
          • It must have your given and last name.
          • It must have a unique identification number.
          • It cannot be expired, or if it does not have an expiry date, it must have been issued within the last 5 years.
          • It must have been issued by a government body; for example, provincial, territorial, Canadian, the government of another country, etc.

        3.Fingerprinting (for those 12 years and older): Provide an electronic fingerprint report if you are 12 years old or older. Attach the fingerprint report to the application. Electronic fingerprints may be taken at RCMP detachments, larger police service detachments, and fingerprinting agencies that have been approved by CCRTIS. The fingerprints must be electronic. Manual fingerprints will be rejected.

        1. Submit!

        The Legal Name Change Application must be submitted in person at an authorized Alberta registry agent. Applications sent directly to Vital Statistics will be rejected.

        Steps: Adult
        1. Read this guide Change of Name Information Guide
        2. Fill out the application Application for Change of Name
        3. Gather your documents

        -Original Birth certificate: When you are born in Canada, take your original birth certificate with you to the registry agent office; they will take a photocopy of it.
        *If you are born in Alberta and do not have an original birth certificate to provide, Vital Statistics will locate your birth record in their office and confirm your current legal name.

        -Proof of Identity: You must bring this proof to the registry agent.  An acceptable Proof of Identity document must have all the following.

          • It must have your picture on it and you must look like the picture.
          • It must have your given and last name.
          • It must have a unique identification number.
          • It cannot be expired, or if it does not have an expiry date, it must have been issued within the last 5 years.
          • It must have been issued by a government body; for example, provincial, territorial, Canadian, the government of another country, etc.
        1. Fingerprinting: Provide an electronic fingerprint report if you are 12 years old or older. Attach the fingerprint report to the application. Electronic fingerprints may be taken at RCMP detachments, larger police service detachments, and fingerprinting agencies that have been approved by CCRTIS. The fingerprints must be electronic. Manual fingerprints will be rejected.

        2. Criminal Record Check:
          Provide a criminal record check (CRC) or Police Information Check (PIC). Attach the CRC/PIC to the application.
        • A CRC/PIC must be provided, with your application, within 30 days of it being issued. If a CRC/PIC is more than 30 days old when you provide it, it will be rejected.
        • A photocopy, fax, scan or email of a CRC/PIC document is acceptable.
        • A CRC/PIC must identify the person changing their name and 
        • provide their correct date of birth.

         

        1. Submit!

        The Legal Name Change Application must be submitted in person at an authorized Alberta registry agent. Applications sent directly to Vital Statistics will be rejected. 

        Fees

        Application: $27, free if household income is below 20K

        Marker Options

        F, M or X

        Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in BC. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Have your parent fill the Application form 
        2. Gather your documents:
          • Birth certificates: If you have any other birth certificates in your possession,this will need to be included.
          • Proof of parentage and/or a copy of Legal Guardianship: The child’s parental birth certificate listing the parents and copies of any orders of guardianship issued by the Courts are considered proof of parentage and/or legal guardianship. This included all parents on the birth certificate.
          • Any B.C. birth certificates issued prior to this application (if any)
          • ‘Physician’s or Psychologist’s Confirmation of Change of Gender Designation’ (you must send the original copy)
          • A copy of each original document for your records (the originals will NOT be returned to you)
        1. Submit! Send your application, documents, and the fee to:
          VITAL STATISTICS AGENCY
          PO BOX 9657 STN PROV GOVT
          VICTORIA BC V8W 9P3
        Steps: Adult
        1. Fill the application form
        2. Gather your documents: If you have any other birth certificates in your possession,this will need to be included. Other documents to be included are:
          • A completed ‘Application for Change of Gender Designation (Adult and Minors aged 12 years and older)’
          • Copy of your government-issued identification (For the purposes of this form, Applicants over 19 years or Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of Minors Aged Over 12 Years, are required to provide a copy of government-issued identification with their application to confirm identity. Acceptable forms of identification include a Driver’s Licence, BC ID, BC Services Card, Passport or Permanent Resident Card).
          • Proof of parentage/guardianship (for minors)
          • All previously issued B.C. birth certificates
          • Application fees: Children (18 and under) require a birth certificate with parental information included for passport, school enrollment, and many other applications.Parental information included - Includes the subject of the birth certificate’s name, sex, place and date of birth, plus names and birthplaces of parents listed on the registration. (12.5 cm x 17.7 cm)
            To receive this by mail (Prints in 2 - 5 business days; add mailing time from Victoria B.C. to you): $27
            OR;
            To receive by courier (Prints next business day; add courier delivery time from Victoria B.C. to you): $60
            NOTE: Courier service is not made to post office boxes, apartment complexes, homes that use Super Box (community) mailboxes, or basement suites. Instead, a delivery notice with instructions is left at the mailing address and the envelope is delivered to the nearest postal outlet. ID and signature are required upon pick up.

         

        1. Mail your documents: 
          VITAL STATISTICS AGENCY
          PO BOX 9657 STN PROV GOVT
          VICTORIA BC V8W 9P3

        Fees

        Application: $137 *free if income is below 20k

        Witness: $17 *signature on a statutory declaration* 

        File search: $27 *if unable to present birth certificate* 

        Fingerprinting and criminal record check: $25 *19 and older*

         

        On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in BC, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child

        1.Have your parent fill the application: Have your parents complete this form

         

        1. Gather all Documents:

        -Birth Certificate: Original birth certificate, or certified copy of both sides of their Permanent Resident Card or Canadian Citizenship Card/Certificate; AND the original birth certificate, or certified copy of both sides of the Permanent Resident Card or Canadian Citizenship Card/Certificate of the parent.

        -Letter if the child is between 12-18 years old: Handwritten letter from the child indicating why they want to change their name.

        -Photocopy of marriage certificate if parent/ application is married

        -Consent form: Signed consent from all other parents, a court order, or a death certificate dispensing with another parent’s consent

        -A photocopy of picture ID for all parents listed on each child's birth registration (i.e. driver’s licence) showing their current addresses. The applicant’s address on the ID must match the residential address on the application. A copy of a recent utility bill in the applicant's name (e.g. BC Hydro bill) is acceptable proof of the current address if it is not listed on identification.​

        -Statutory Declaration: Sign the statutory declaration(s) in front of one of the authorized persons listed below. All applicants must sign the statutory declaration on page 6 at the same time as it is certified. Dates signed must match. Any parent applicant using the statutory declaration on page 9 must also sign at the same time that it is certified. Statutory declarations are valid for six months only.

        Authorized people:

                    Service BC representative 

          • Practicing lawyer or articled law student
          • Notary public
          • Individual appointed by the Attorney General as a commissioner for taking affidavits
          1. Submit! Submit the application, documents, and fees either by mail or in person: 

        Mail: 

        Vital Statistics Agency
        ATTN: CONFIDENTIAL SERVICES
        PO Box 9657 Stn Prov Govt
        Victoria, B.C.
        V8W 9P3

        In Person: Go to any Service BC location.

        Steps: Adult
        1. Fingerprinting: 

        Before beginning your change of name application, contact your local RCMP/Police department or accredited fingerprinting agency to ask if fingerprinting/criminal record check services are available at this time.Fingerprinting can be done at:

          • -Most RCMP detachments
          • -Vancouver Police
          • -Victoria Police
          • -Any RCMP-accredited fingerprinting company or its affiliate who submit fingerprints electronically for the purposes of criminal record checks. For a list of accredited companies and information about affiliates, visit: http://www.rcmp.gc.ca/en/where-do-get-a-criminal-record-check

        *The receipt must show a date. The date on the receipt must be within 30 days of the date the application is received in the Vital Statistics Agency.

        *Submit a photocopy of the original receipt with your application. Do NOT send the Vital Statistics Agency a copy of your fingerprints or criminal record check results.

         

        1. Fill the Application:

        Fill out this form. The following are the sections to be completed:

         

        1. Gather your Supporting Documents:

        -Birth Certificate: Original birth certificate, or certified copy of both sides of their Permanent Resident Card or Canadian Citizenship Card/Certificate; AND the original birth certificate, or certified copy of both sides of the Permanent Resident Card or Canadian Citizenship Card/Certificate of the parent.

        -Photocopy of marriage certificate if married

        -A photocopy of picture ID (i.e. driver’s licence) showing their current addresses. The applicant’s address on the ID must match the residential address on the application. A copy of a recent utility bill in the applicant's name (e.g. BC Hydro bill) is acceptable proof of the current address if it is not listed on identification.​

        -Statutory Declaration: Sign the statutory declaration(s) in front of one of the authorized persons listed below. All applicants must sign the statutory declaration on page 6 at the same time as it is certified. Dates signed must match. Any parent applicant using the statutory declaration on page 9 must also sign at the same time that it is certified. Statutory declarations are valid for six months only.

        Authorized people:

                    Service BC representative 

          • Practicing lawyer or articled law student
          • Notary public
          • Individual appointed by the Attorney General as a commissioner for taking affidavits

        -a photocopy of a receipt for fingerprinting completed within the past 30 days

          • any previous legal Change of Name documents
        1. Submit! Submit the application, documents, and fees either by mail or in person: 
          • Mail: 
          • Vital Statistics Agency
            ATTN: CONFIDENTIAL SERVICES
            PO Box 9657 Stn Prov Govt
            Victoria, B.C.
            V8W 9P3
          • In Person:

        Go to any Service BC location.

        Fees

        Application: $10

        Marker Options

        F, M or X

        Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in YU. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Have your legal guardian fill out the application
        2. Gather all your Documents
          • Confirming Adult Statement (section 5 on application): From a medical practitioner, psychologist, teacher, nurse, lawyer, school counselor, etc. Full list in application.
          • Any previous birth certificates in possession
        1. Submit! Include the application, fees, and documents and submit by mail or in person. 

        In person: 

        204 Lambert Street, 4th Floor, Financial Plaza in Whitehorse or at any Territorial Agent. They are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They accept cash, cheque, money order, VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

        Phone: 867-667-5207. We accept VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

        Mail:

        Government of Yukon
        Vital Statistics (H-2)
        Box 2703
        Whitehorse, Yukon
        Y1A 2C6.

        Steps: Adult
        1. Fill out the application
        2. Submit! Include the application, fees, and supporting documents and submit by mail or in person. 

        In person: 204 Lambert Street, 4th Floor, Financial Plaza in Whitehorse or at any Territorial Agent. We are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We accept cash, cheque, money order, VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

        Phone: 867-667-5207. We accept VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

        Mail:

        Government of Yukon
        Vital Statistics (H-2)
        Box 2703
        Whitehorse, Yukon
        Y1A 2C6.

        Fees

        Application: Contact Vital Statistics for Fee

        On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in YU, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Contact them to receive a legal change of name package. If you are 18 or younger, your parent will need to do this for you. 

        For more information, or to ask for a legal change of name package, email vital.statistics@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-5207, toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 5207.

         

        1. Fill out the application with all necessary documents.

        *If under 18, your application must be include the written consent of every other person who:

        1. has lawful custody of the child; or
        2. is lawfully entitled to access to the child.

         

        1. Pay the fees and submit
        Steps: Adult
        1. Contact them to receive a legal change of name package. If you are 18 or younger, your parent will need to do this for you. 

        For more information, or to ask for a legal change of name package, email vital.statistics@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-5207, toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 5207.

         

        1. Fill out the application with all necessary documents.

        *If under 18, your application must be include the written consent of every other person who:

        1. has lawful custody of the child; or
        2. is lawfully entitled to access to the child.

         

        1. Pay the fees and submit

        Fees

        Application: $33
        Notarization: Fees vary

        Marker Options

        F, M or X

        Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in NWT. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.

        Steps: Child
        1. Have your parent/ legal guardian fill the Application
          • If you are an independent minor fill out this application
          1. Gather all your Documents:
            • Signed consent from anyone who has custody of the minor and parents with lawful access to the minor must be included (Section 4) OR a signed Request for Waiver of Consent (Section 5) must be included. If this person does not live in your community, you can send it to them to complete. They should return it to you so that you can include it as part of the application package.
            • Include previous birth certificates if you have them
            • Written statements to be notarized: Sign the bottom of page 6 in front of a Commissioner of Oaths/Justice of the Peace/Notary Public
            • Statement from a designated professional (section 6):  If this person does not live in your community, you can send it to them to complete. They should return it to you so that you can include it as part of the application package. This person may be a physician, psychologist, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or registered social worker) (note: they may be outside of the Northwest Territories)  

           

          1. Submit! Send the application, all documents, and fees to:

          By mail, fax or email to:

           Mail: Registrar General of Vital Statistics

          Health Services Administration Department of Health and Social Services Bag #9,
          Inuvik NT X0E 0T0

          Fax: 1-867-777-3197 

          Email: hsa@gov.nt.ca

          Steps: Adult
          1. Fill the Application
          2. Gather all your Documents:
            • The written statement from a person 19 years old or older who has known the applicant for at least one year (Section 3) must be included. If this person does not live in your community, you can send it to them to complete. They should return it to you so that you can include it as part of the application package.
            • Include previous birth certificates if you have them
            • Written statement to be notarized: Sign in front of a Commissioner of Oaths/Justice of the Peace/Notary Public
          1. Submit! Send the application, all documents, and fees to:

          By mail, fax or email to:

          Mail: Registrar General of Vital Statistics

          Health Services Administration Department of Health and Social Services Bag #9,
          Inuvik NT X0E 0T0

          Fax: 1-867-777-3197 

          Email: hsa@gov.nt.ca

          Fees

          Application: $134

          On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in NWT, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

          Steps: Child
          1. Have your legal guardian/parent fill the Application

           

          1. Gather all your Documents: 

          -Original Birth certificates 

          -Any person who has lawful custody of or access to a child must complete a consent form for a child’s change of name. 

          -The child’s written consent is required if the child is 12 years of age or older. 

          -Custody agreements: If you are not the only person with custody of the child(ren) named below you must: attach to this application a copy of  the custody agreement for each child and attach a separate piece of paper if there is more than one other person who has lawful custody of the child(ren) named below.

          -Declaration: Page six to be signed in front of a Notary Public or a Commissioner for Oaths for the Northwest Territories

           

          1. Submit! Send the application, supporting and supporting documents to:

          Registrar General of Vital Statistics
          Health Services Administration Office
          Bag #9
          Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0

           

          *Fees can be paid by cheque or money order, payable to the “GNWT” OR if you wish to pay by credit card, state so on the form and we will phone you for your credit card information.

          Steps: Adult
          1. Fill the Application
          2. Gather all your Documents: 

          -Original Birth certificates 

          1. Submit! Send the application, supporting and supporting documents to:

           Registrar General of Vital Statistics
          Health Services Administration Office
          Bag #9
          Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0

          *Fees can be paid by cheque or money order, payable to the “GNWT” OR if you wish to pay by credit card, state so on the form and we will phone you for your credit card information.

          Fees

          N/A

          Marker Options

          M, F

          Here you will find the process required to change your gender marker for both a child and adult in NU. Please refer to the documents applicable to you.

          Steps: Child

          As of 2023 Nunavut does not accept gender diverse folx’s requests to legally change their gender.

          Steps: Adult

          As of 2023 Nunavut does not accept gender diverse folx’s requests to legally change their gender.

          Fees

          Application: $10

          On this page you will find the process required to change your legal name for both a child and adult in NU, please refer to the documents applicable to you.

          Steps: Child
          1. Have your legal guardian fill out the Application Form
          2. Gather your Documents:

          -A  COPY of your Birth Certificate and/or a Copy of your Baptismal Certificate 

          -Two certified copies of other identification. Two identifications could be Health Care Card, SIN card, Driver’s License, NTI enrollment Card or FAC etc.

          -On number 11 (a), it is important because you need the consent of the legal guardian/parent  and if applicable, the step parent of the child. On number 11 (b), it is when the consent of either of the above people, if applicable, was not obtained and the reason why it was not obtained.Consent form is in the required documents section.

          -You need the consent of the child if the child is over 12 years of age and the applicant’s spouse. 

           

          1. Sign your application form in front of a Commissioner For Oaths / or Notary Public in and for Nunavut Territory

           

          1. Submit! Send the application and supporting documents to:

          Civil Clerk, NUNAVUT COURT OF JUSTICE 

          P.O. BOX 297, IQALUIT, NU XOA-OHO

          Steps: Adult
          1. Fill in the Application Form
          2. Gather your Documents:

          -A  COPY of your Birth Certificate and/or a Copy of your Baptismal Certificate 

          -Two certified copies of other identification. Two identifications could be Health Care Card, SIN card, Driver’s License, NTI enrollment Card or FAC etc.

          -Consent: Number 15 is important. The applicant needs the consent from:

            • Their spouse if they are in a common-law relationship or if they are married

          *If the applicant could not obtain the consent of people who need to consent, state the reasons why they did not obtain their consent. Consent form is in the required documents section.

           

          1. Sign your application form in front of a Commissioner For Oaths / or Notary Public in and for Nunavut Territory

           

          1. Submit! Send the application and supporting documents to:

          Civil Clerk, NUNAVUT COURT OF JUSTICE 

           P.O. BOX 297, IQALUIT, NU XOA-OHO

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          There is no one right or wrong way to come out. It’s a lifelong process that looks different for each individual person and should be done in your own way and in your own time.

           

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