Legal Name Change

A legal name change is to legally change the name on a birth certificate in Alberta. Some restrictions apply. The new name must comply with the following:

  •  Must use the English alphabet
  • Cannot contain:
    • numbers
    • non-letter characters
    • profanity
  • Can contain the following punctuation (non-consecutively):
    • period (.)
    • hyphen (-)
    • apostrophe (‘)

A name change application can also be denied is the name causes confusion, embarrasses a person, defrauds or misleads the public, or is offensive on any other grounds. 

Correction of information, change in parents, or marriage does not require a legal name change.

A name change application can take from 6-8 months to complete. 

Fee = $208.00

For more information visit https://www.alberta.ca/legal-name-change.aspx

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