How to Get a Name Change After a Divorce in Ontario

By Faizah Imani
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In Ontario, Canada, it's easy to revert back to your birth name after getting divorced. If you legally changed your surname or your entire name while you were married, however, you'll have to legally change it back by completing Ontario's requirements for a name change.

Surname Only

Obtain a copy of your birth certificate, which reflects your birth name. Obtain a copy of your marriage certificate and divorce decree. You may need these documents as proof of your original surname.

Complete the "Election to Resume Former Surname" form. You must call the Office of the Registrar General at 800-461-2156 to request a copy of this form. Note that this form must be completed within 90 days of your divorce decree. If it has been more than 90 days, you must follow the process to change your entire name. (See the second section of this article regarding "Entire Name" change.)

Submit the completed form along with a $25 filing fee to the following address:

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

Wait to receive your "Change of Name Certificate" in the mail. The change of name certificate will reflect your original surname.

Contact all of the agencies and organizations that need to know of the name change. For example, creditors, driver's license bureau, and banks. Show to documents from step 1 to agencies, such as the driver's license bureau and banks, who may require proof of your name change.

Entire Name

Ensure that you have been living in the province of Ontario for at least one year.

Obtain a copy of your birth certificate, all previous name change certificates, and the court order for your divorce.

Obtain the "Application To Change An Adult's Name." A link to this application is located in the "Resources" section of this article.

Complete the name change application. Mail the application, along with all documents from step 2 to the address below. Be sure to include the $137.00 filing fee.

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

Wait to receive your "Change of Name Certificate" in the mail. The change of name certificate will reflect your official new name. Contact all of the agencies and organizations that need to know of the name change.

Your new name will automatically be changed on your birth certificate if you were born in the province of Ontario. However, if you were born outside of Ontario, you must apply for a new birth certificate in the geographical location which you were born.

About the Author

Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.

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