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Vital Statistics

Change of Name: Registration

Who Needs This Registration?
Either (a) Anyone who has been a Nova Scotia resident for at least 1 year, or (b) anyone who was born in Nova Scotia regardless of where they now reside, who wants to acquire a legal change of name.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Vital Statistics Office
Service Nova Scotia
Where can you get this Registration and / or further information?
Phone Outside of Nova Scotia:  902-424-4381
Toll-Free in Nova Scotia:  1-877-848-2578
Hours:  8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except Holidays).
Visit Vital Statistics Office
Service Nova Scotia
300 Horseshoe Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 0B7
E-mail vstat@gov.ns.ca
Write: P.O. Box 157
Halifax, NS  B3J 2M9
Canada
Fax 902-450-7311
Application Forms & Process:

An application form can be obtained from the Vital Statistics Office of Service Nova Scotia. When completed, it is submitted to the same office, where it is reviewed and processed by Department staff.

Every person who is 12 years of age or older and legally changing their name MUST have fingerprints taken by an approved agency. Further information on this requirement is included in the application form.

Proof of identity through birth and/or marriage certificates in the original form are required in support of the application.

If the person changing their name was either born or married elsewhere in Canada, the notification of the name change is also sent to the Province /Territory of their birth.

Once the processing is completed, the new name is added to the Change of Name Register, and the applicant is sent notification by mail.

Waiting Period:

10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)

Expiry :
This registration does not expire.
Price: (No tax is charged)
One Name Only: $160.85
Each additional change: $24.20
(such as marriage name, spouse's name, names of children)

Payment at the Vital Statistics Office:  can be by cash, debit card, money order or cheque (made out to the Minister of Finance). Visa, Mastercard or American Express are accepted.

Payment by Mail:  Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit card or by cheque or money order made out to the Minister of Finance

Related Requirements:
None
Additional Information:
If the person changing their name was either born or married elsewhere in Canada, the notification of the name change is also sent to the Province /Territory of their birth.
Legislative Authority:
Change of Name Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 66

Last Updated: February 2014

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