After you have been married, you and/or your spouse may choose to assume a marital surname. You have several options, including:
- Keeping your registered birth surname, which is the name listed on your birth certificate.
- Keeping the surname you retained from a previous marriage, if it was used immediately prior to your present marriage.
- Assuming the surname of your spouse.
- Assuming a combination surname comprised of both your surnames, with or without a hyphen.
It should be noted that assuming a spouse’s surname after marriage does not alter your birth certificate. Since it doesn't constitute a legal name change, no notice of a change in surname will be issued by Vital Statistics, or any other government office. However, you may use the Form 10 “Statement of Marriage” given to you by the Marriage Officiant to change your surname on other documentation, such as your provincial driver's licence, vehicle registration or Medicare card. In order to do so, you will need to present your Statement of Marriage at your nearest Service New Brunswick service centre.
Please note that specific offices may require additional documentation to make these changes, and that you are responsible for contacting such offices to determine what additional documents (e.g. a birth, marriage, death or divorce certificate) must be presented in order for the change to be processed.
For more information, please call 1-888-762-8600.