LEGAL NAME CHANGE
APPLY FOR ALBERTA LEGAL NAME CHANGE IN CALGARY
If you want to adopt a name that better reflects your identity, cultural background, or personal beliefs, the process of obtaining a legal name change in Alberta is relatively straightforward. However, you need to follow specific rules and restrictions. Registry @ South Trail Crossing Ltd. offers quick and efficient legal name change services. Contact us today to learn how we can help you apply for a legal name change in Alberta.
WHEN IS A LEGAL NAME CHANGE REQUIRED?
A legal name change is required in Alberta if you want to change your name for most reasons other than marriage or divorce. This includes changing your name to reflect your gender identity, reclaiming an Indigenous name or simply changing your name for personal reasons. Sometimes, a legal name change isn’t required if an error was made on a birth registration or if changing parentage on a birth record.
WHEN IS A LEGAL NAME CHANGE NOT REQUIRED?
You don’t need to go through the legal name change process in Alberta if you’re changing your name as part of a marriage or divorce. In these cases, you will need to provide ID to have your name changed on your driver’s licence, health care card, etc.
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
To apply for a legal name change, you must be a resident of Alberta and at least 18 years old. If you’re under 18, you’ll need the consent of your parent or guardian to change your name.
You cannot apply for a legal name change if you’ve been designated a dangerous offender, long-term offender, sex offender, or high-risk offender in Alberta.
WHAT CAN BE CHANGED ABOUT YOUR NAME?
You can change your first name, middle name, and last name. You can also change the spelling of your name or the order of your names.
WHAT’S THE COST TO APPLY FOR A LEGAL NAME CHANGE?
The cost to change your name in Alberta is $120, paid to the Vital Statistics Agency of Alberta. Registry agents also charge a service fee.
HOW DO YOU APPLY FOR A LEGAL NAME CHANGE?
To apply for a legal name change in Alberta, you’ll need to complete the following steps:
Complete the form and have it signed at our office by a commissioner for oaths.
Gather the required supporting documents, including an electronic fingerprint letter, criminal record check, and existing birth certificates.
Submit the application form and documents to a registry agent.
The registry agent will review your application and send it to the Vital Statistics Agency for processing, which typically takes four to six weeks.
Once your application is processed, you’ll receive a Legal Change of Name Certificate, which you’ll need to update your identification documents. You’ll also receive new birth certificates reflecting your new name if you were born in Alberta and surrendered your birth certificate when you applied for a legal name change.
APPLY FOR A LEGAL NAME CHANGE IN CALGARY
Registry @ South Trail Crossing Ltd. provides comprehensive vital statistics services for Albertans and can help you register your new name directly with Alberta Vital Statistics. We also provide driver’s licence, motor vehicle, and healthcare registration services. Contact us today to speak with one of our agents about our services.