Government of New Brunswick


Generally, a person has two names; the first is your given names, the last, or family name, is your surname. To legally change either name on your birth certificate, contact the Vital Statistics Branch. If you simply wish to use your new marital surname (your husband’s family name or your wife’s family name), bring your official marriage certificate and government photo ID to any Service New Brunswick service centre.


To change your registered name, you must be a resident of New Brunswick for at least three months, be 16 years of age or older, or have been married. A parent with legal custody of a minor child may have the child’s registered name changed also.

* Fee Waiver for residential school survivors

Residential school survivors and their families who want to reclaim a name that was changed by the residential school system can apply to have the fees waived for reclaiming that name (legal name change including Change of Name Certificate) and changes to records with the change of name (for example new Birth Certificate and if applicable, Marriage Certificate). The applicant will be required to return their old certificates as they will be replaced.

Contact Vital Statistics for more information about the waiver: (506) 453-2385 select option # 4.


As part of the application you must provide a long form birth certificate and / or Canadian immigration document(s).

You must also provide information about your background, such as:

your marital status
your present and previous addresses
your occupation
the reason you want to change your name
Criminal Record Check
You have applied to have your name changed before

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:


Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Change of Name 
  Given name 115.002017-04-03
  Surname 130.002017-04-03
  Child's surname done at same time as parent's surname change 65.002017-04-03
  Duplicate change of name certificate20.002017-04-03
  Search for a name change 20.002017-04-03