The applicant must be:
An applicant may be a person changing their own name, spouse's name or, a parent making application to change their minor child's name (under the age of 19).
Applications must be accompanied by the required fee. For the applicable fee, please visit Vital Statistics Fees.
This fee includes one change of name certificate showing all name changes.
This fee includes items such as marriage registration, spouse's name, children's names.
Applicants must provide:
Documents in other languages will need an official translation.
Every person who is 12 years of age or older and legally changing their name MUST have fingerprints taken by an approved agency.
Fingerprints can be taken and submitted at any Canadian policing agency and at the Nova Scotia Commissionaires office at 1505 Barrington Street, Halifax.
Any fees for fingerprinting are paid directly to the fingerprinting agency. They are not part of the Legal Change of Name fee.
The completion of a consent form is usually required by the other parent when a child's name is changing.
In the absence of a required consent, the applicant must supply an Order of the Court, dispensing with the consent.
The completion of a consent form is usually required when a married person is changing their surname and consent of their spouse is required.
In the absence of the required consent, the applicant must supply an Order of the Court, dispensing with the consent.
2 (two) weeks, provided all forms are completed properly and all the items (including fees) that must accompany the application have been received.
1 (902) 424-4381
Toll Free Within Nova Scotia: 1-877-848-2578
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
P.O. Box 157
Halifax, NS B3J 2M9
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/Territories of their birth or marriage and the applicant should apply there for a new certificate.