Name Change – Ontario

In Ontario, the process for changing your name is age-dependent. In all cases, the person requesting a name change must have lived in Ontario for at least one year preceding the application.

If you do not have a residential address at which you have resided for the past twelve months (only temporary absences are permitted), which you intend to make your permanent address, you will not meet the residency requirement. A guarantor (a list of who can be a guarantor can be found on the forms), must attest to your residency.

Name change applications in Ontario are considered permanent legal records; as such, name changes are published in The Ontario Gazette, which can be searched online. There is an exception for transgender individuals; if you wish not to have your name change published, you must submit a Request for Non-Publication in The Ontario Gazette.

16 Years of Age or Older
You can change your name as an Adult if you are at least 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you will need to provide consent from your parent(s), guardian(s), or anyone who has legal custody of you.

To change your name as an adult, you must:

  1. Complete the Application to Change an Adult’s Name formand
  2. Submit the completed form, payment, and required documents to Service Ontario either by mail or in-person at the 47 Sheppard Avenue East Service Ontario location.

15 Years of Age or Younger
If you are under 16 years of age, a person with legal custody of you must apply on your behalf. To change a child’s name, you must:

  1. Complete the Application to Change a Child’s Name formand
  2. Submit the completed form, payment, and required documents to Service Ontario either by mail or in-person at the 47 Sheppard Avenue East Service Ontario location.

The Change of Name Act requires that the written consent of all of the child’s legal parents or guardians be obtained (Part 2 of the form). If consent cannot be obtained, you may apply to the Ontario Court of Justice for an order allowing you to apply without that person’s consent. If the order is granted, a court certified copy must be included in the application.

Source(s): Service Ontario – Change Name.