Getting Married

Married last name

In Alberta, you can keep your own last name or change your name when you get married. Either way a legal change of name is not required.
  • You can keep your last name.
  • You can assume your spouse's last name.
  • You can assume a combination of your and your spouse’s last names. Combining a last name can be with a hyphen, or a space. The order of the 2 names is up to you.

Changing to a married name

  • if you choose to assume your spouse's last name (or create a combined last name), you should change all your ID to reflect the new last name

  • to change your name on your different pieces of ID, contact each organization and ask what they require to make the change

  • most organizations will want to see your marriage certificate - this can be purchased at a registry agent office or through Registry Connect
Ordering a Marriage Document

  • contact all the organizations for which you have accounts until all have been updated

Changing back from a married name

  • when you assumed your spouse's last name and now you want to go back to the last name you had before you married, it’s the same process as when you changed to the assumed last name - only in reverse
  • approach the organizations for which you have ID and ask what they require to make the change back
  • some may want to see your marriage certificate (which will reflect the name you used at the time of your marriage) or they may want to see your birth certificate, or they may want to see both
  • contact all the organizations for which you have accounts until all have been updated

Other jurisdictions

It’s important to note that Alberta may differ from other jurisdictions. For example, another province may require a legal change of name rather than permitting a spouse to assume a new last name through marriage. To understand the practices of other jurisdictions, contact them for their details; see Vital Statistics Contact Information.

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