As wedding season in Cape Breton begins to wind down, it is important for you to be mindful of what name you use when booking your honeymoon. If you are travelling soon after your wedding, you should be sure to book your travel in your maiden name since you probably will not have time to complete your name change before leaving for your holiday escape. If you intend to travel in the months following your wedding, you should consider whether you will have time to obtain a new passport in your married name before you leave for your trip. If not, it is probably best to schedule your travel in your maiden name, and proceed with changing your last name upon your return. We also recommend to our clients to to carry with them a copy of their marriage certificate while travelling, if they have only recently changed their last name and have not finished obtaining all of your new identification. That way, if they happen to find themselves with identification issued in the wrong name, they can produce documentation to explain the difference.
To legally change your name, you can obtain a copy of the application form, you need to call Service Canada at 1-800-461-2156 and they will mail an application form to you or visit this website for details: https://novascotia.ca/sns/access/vitalstats/changing-name.asp (Once the application has been processed (Service Canada quotes a turn-around time of 6-8 weeks), Service Canada will send you a Certificate of Name Change.