Changing your last name (just married)

name tag stickerWhen you get married, you don’t have to legally change your last name (surname). You have 3 options if you would like to change your name. You can:

  • change your last name to your spouse’s last name
  • combine both of your last names with a space in-between
  • combine both of your last names with a hyphen

If you choose to have a double last name you can also select the order that they appear.

To change your last name, you will need:

  • your marriage certificate
  • your current photo health card and/or driver’s licence
  • if you do not have a photo health card, you must also bring three original documents to prove your Canadian citizenship, that you are an Ontario resident and to prove your personal identity

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What you need to know

This process does not change your last name on your Ontario birth certificate.

Even if you were married outside of Ontario, you just need your marriage certificate as proof of marriage along with your personal identification. All documents must be translated to French or English by an accredited translator in Canada.


4 to 6 weeks to deliver your new health card and driver’s licence by mail.


  • changing your last name: free
  • legal last name change within 90 days of the marriage: free
  • legal last name change after 90 days of marriage: $25

How to

Updated: March 23, 2015