Name Change – Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, the name change process is age-dependent. All applicants must have been born in Nova Scotia or have resided in Nova Scotia for at least three months immediately preceding the application. All applicants who are 12 years of age or older must be fingerprinted.

Name change forms must be obtained from the Vital Statistics Office of Service Nova Scotia.

16 Years of Age or Older
Applicants who are 16 years of age or older must:

  1. Submit a completed application formand
  2. All previously issued original birth certificates; and
  3. Have had their fingerprints taken and submitted; and
  4. If born outside Canada, submitted their Immigration documents (Record of Landing); and
  5. Pay the associated fees.

Under 16 Years of Age
If an individual under the age of 16 wishes to change their name, their parent or legal guardian must apply on their behalf. The applicant must provide:

  1. A completed application formand
  2. All previously issued original birth certificates; and
  3. The consent of the other parent/legal guardian, or a court order dispensing with said consent; and
  4. If the minor was born outside Nova Scotia, detailed birth certificates showing parentage; and
  5. If born outside Canada, Immigration documents (Record of Landing) are required; and
  6. If the minor is 12 years of age or older, they must have been fingerprinted; and
  7. The associated fees.

For more information about the process, please click here.

Source: Nova Scotia Vital Statistics – Change of Name; Service Nova Scotia – Change of Name.