Name Change Because of Marriage or Divorce

Citizenship Certificate Name Change

If you have legally changed your name, due to marriage, divorce or for some other reason, you will need to update your citizenship card or certificate in order to:

  • change your name on your Canadian Passport;
  • prove your citizenship in Canada under your new name to municipal, provincial and federal government departments, agencies and crown corporations;
  • prove your citizenship under your new name to an employer;
  • prove your citizenship under your new name to an educational institution.

 

Changing Your Name When You Marry

In order to change your name on citizenship card or citizenship certificate if you changed your name due to marriage, you will need to complete the replacement citizenship certificate application and submit all the required supporting documentation plus you will need to submit a copy of your marriage certificate. Depending on where you were married, you may have to supply additional information:

  • If you were married in Canada or the United States, you only need a copy of your marriage certificate;
  • If you were married outside of Canada and the US, you may need to have your marriage certificate authenticated by the country in which you married;
  • If you were married in a country which does not issue marriage certificates in either English or French, then you will have to get the certificate translated and that translation notarized.

A citizenship card is no longer available. If your name change is approved, you will receive a citizenship certificate instead.

 

Changing Your Name When You Divorce

If you changed your name due to marriage, and you are going back to your maiden name (or other earlier name) as part of the divorce, you need to complete the replacement citizenship certificate application and provide all necessary supporting documentation (your current citizenship card or certificate, photo IDs, new photos, etc) plus a copy of your divorce certificate. If your divorce occurred in Canada or the United States, you do not need any more documentation. If you divorced elsewhere, you may need:

  • to have your divorce certificate authenticated by the government of the country you divorced in;
  • to have your divorce certificate translated, if it is in a language other than English or French, and that translation notarized.

If your name change application is approved, you will receive a new citizenship certificate with you old name on it. You can no longer get a citizenship card.

 

Other Name Change

If you change your name for a reason other than marriage or divorce, you have to provide a copy of your legal name change in addition to completing the replacement citizenship application and providing the correct supporting documentation. And just as with changing your name on your citizenship card or certificate due to marriage or divorce, you will need to provide additional documentation if you changed your name in a country other than Canada:

  • If your legal name change is from another country, it may have to be authenticated by the officials of the country you legally changed your name in;
  • If the legal name change document is not in English or French, you will have to get it translated into either language and have that translation notarized.

If your name change application is accepted, you will get a new citizenship certificate with your new legal name on it. You will not receive a card, as the citizenship card has been discontinued.

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