Certificate of Change of Name
The Certificate of Change of Name is the document you will show whenever you are asked for proof of your legal change of name. For instance, you will need to produce this when changing your name on your driver’s licence.
Vital Statistics mails you a Certificate of Change of Name free of charge after processing your legal change of name application. If you lose this certificate or need an additional one, you can order one from Vital Statistics.
Who can Order a Certificate of Change of Name
NOTE: Certificates are available for legal name changes only and not for name changes due to using a spouse’s surname after marriage. If taking your spouse’s surname, in most cases, changing your name on bank accounts, social insurance number, driver's license, and other agencies is as simple as showing your current identification and your marriage certificate.
You can order a change of name certificate if you are:
- the person who changed his or her name
- a parent of a child under 19 years of age
- someone with written authorization of the person who changed his or her name
- a guardian with a copy of guardianship papers; or
- an executor of the person's estate upon proof of death and executorship
How to Order a Certificate of Change of Name
After you have confirmed that you are eligible to receive a certified copy of a Certificate of Change of Name, you can apply in any one of the following three ways:
Send a completed Application for Change of Name Certificate (VSA 430N) form (PDF, 532KB) with payment to:
Vital Statistics Agency
PO Box 9657 Stn Prov Govt
Go to any Service BC Counter. You will need to provide the customer service representative with the completed Application for Change of Name Certificate (VSA 430N) form (PDF, 532KB). Note: Service BC representatives can provide you with an Application for Change of Name Certificate or you may download a copy by clicking the link above. You will also need to provide payment. (See "Cost & Processing Times" below.)
Call the Vital Statistics Agency at 250 952-2681 in Victoria or 1 888 876-1633 elsewhere in B.C. A credit card is required.
Cost & Processing Times
$27 per certificate of change of name. Prints within 5 business days, plus mailing time from Victoria to you.
$60 per certificate of change of name. Prints the next business day, plus courier delivery time from Victoria to you.
What a Certificate of Change of Name Looks Like
The Certificate of Change of Name lists the old and new name of the person involved in the legal change of name, the city of residence at the time of the change of name, registration number, and date of registration. The size of a large certificate is 21.6 cm x 17.8 cm.