Hello beautiful brides! This is Tessa writing, the Wedding Consultant here at Academy Florist. It was almost a year ago to the day that I married my sweet hubby. I decided (being the traditionalist that I am) that I wanted to change my last name to his after we got married.
To say that changing my name was simple would be a lie. It was not simple and it was not easy. It took me so many tries at different government buildings and it left me very frustrated. That is why I am writing this post! If you are a girl in Manitoba that wants to change her name to her hubby’s, I am going to be your self-proclaimed saving grace. Here, is a STEP by STEP guide to changing your name here in Manitoba:
You will need 2 things in order to start the process:
1) Marriage Certificate: When you get your marriage license (the document you signed during your wedding ceremony) you must bring it to a Vital Statistics Agency and then fill out a form to receive your official marriage certificate (Yes, they are different things!). The cost is 30$. The certificate will be mailed to you within a few weeks. (Ours came in 3 business days)
2) Birth Certificate: If you don’t already have yours you can pay to have it mailed to you. You will need a piece of photo I.D. (2 to be safe) to do this.
The Address to do both of these things in Winnipeg is 254 Portage Avenue.
The first document you should officially change is your driver’s license. You can’t change the name on your passport unless you have a document with your new name and your new signature.
To change the name on your drivers licence bring your old licence and marriage certificate to any auto pac or insurance company. I had to take a new photo with it, so put on some lip stick before hand! I didn’t need an appointment, I just walked in.
Next change the name on your Social Insurance Number. Bring your S.I.N. card, birth certificate and marriage certificate to a Government of Canada Agency (there is one in Portage Place Mall in Winnipeg). It is a “take a number” type of thing, so I wouldn’t go in on a Saturday afternoon if you know what I mean!
Next change the name on your passport.
You’re required fill out a form to apply for a new passport that requires a guarantor signature. Either bring someone with you (your spouse if they’ve known you for more than 5 years) or another person. That or take the form home to fill out.
Once your form is filled out, bring your old passport, birth certificate, marriage licence, S.I.N. and new drivers license. The temporary license the insurance company would have given you until your new one comes in the mail is enough to change the name on your passport. Just make sure it’s signed with your new name. I received my new passport approximately 3 weeks after my form was submitted.
The passport building in Winnipeg is 433 Main St. on the 4th floor.
There are a few more things you will likely need to change along the way. Your bank information, your health insurance, etc. Each of these things is much simpler once you have the more official documents. I think you can take it from here.
Please share this with any gal you know getting married. They will love you forever!