Name Change – New Brunswick

The process for changing your name in New Brunswick is age-dependent. For adults, you must have been a resident of New Brunswick for at least three months and be 16 years of age or older, or have been married. A parent with legal custody of a child (under 16 years of age) may change a child’s name, so long as they have resided in New Brunswick for a minimum of three months.

Adults
Adults must complete the Change of Name for Adults form. Additionally, there are a number of documents that must be provided alongside the completed application form.

If you were born in Canada:

  • You must submit all previously issued original birth certificates.
  • If you are requesting a surname change and you were born in New Brunswick, a long form birth certificate must be filed with your application.
  • You must also provide any original documents from the issuing authority if your name has previously been changed.

If you were born outside of Canada and are a Canadian citizen:

  • A photocopy of both sides of your Canadian Citizenship card.
  • A photocopy of your original birth certificate or a photocopy of a certified copy of birth registration from your country at birth.
  • A photocopy of your current passport.

If you are a Landed Immigrant or Permanent Resident:

  • A photocopy of your Canadian Record of Immigration Landing or a photocopy of your Confirmation of Permanent Resident document.
  • A photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident card.
  • A photocopy of your original birth certificate or a photocopy of a certified copy of birth registration from your country at birth.
  • A photocopy of your current passport.

The completed application form, alongside required documents and fees, must be submitted to Service New Brunswick.

Children
In order to change a Child’s name (age 15 or younger), the Change of Name for Children form must be completed by a parent with legal custody of the child. Additionally, there are a number of documents that must be provided alongside the completed application form.

If your child was born in Canada:

  • You must submit all previously issued original birth certificates.
  • If you are requesting a surname change and your child was born in New Brunswick, a long form birth certificate must be filed with your application.
  • You must also provide any original documents from the issuing authority if your child’s name has previously been changed.

If your child was born outside of Canada and is a Canadian citizen:

  • A photocopy of both sides of your child’s Canadian Citizenship card.
  • A photocopy of your child’s original birth certificate or a photocopy of a certified copy of birth registration from your child’s country at birth.
  • A photocopy of your child’s current passport.

If you are a Landed Immigrant or Permanent Resident:

  • A photocopy of your child’s Canadian Record of Immigration Landing or a photocopy of your Confirmation of Permanent Resident document.
  • A photocopy of both sides of your child’s Permanent Resident card.
  • A photocopy of your child’s original birth certificate or a photocopy of a certified copy of birth registration from your country at birth.
  • A photocopy of your child’s current passport.

The completed application form, alongside required documents and fees, must be submitted to Service New Brunswick.

For more information, please contact Service New Brunswick.

Sources: Service New Brunswick – Change of Name.