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

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:

By Mail

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
Victoria, B.C.
V8W 9P3

In Person

Go to any Service BC Counter. You do not need to fill out an application, but will need to provide the customer service representative with the same details about the change of name that are requested on the Application for Change of Name Certificate (VSA 430N) form (PDF, 532KB). You will also need to provide payment.

By Phone

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

Mail Delivery

$27 per certificate of change of name. Prints within 5 business days, plus mailing time from Victoria to you.

Courier Delivery
$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


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The Certificate of Change of Name lists the old and new names of all persons 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.