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Applying for a Change of Surname or Given Name by Way of Administrative Process

To apply for a change of family name or given name through the administrative process, proceed as follows:
  1. Submit a Request for Preliminary Analysis for a Change of Name Application to the Directeur de l’état civil.
  2. If after preliminary analysis you are found to be eligible, submit the Application for a Change of Name to the Directeur.

Step 1: Submit a request for preliminary analysis
For this step, you must:

  • Fill out the Request for Preliminary Analysis for a Change of Name Application.
  • Mail the form to the Directeur de l’état civil in Québec, or present it at a service counter of the Directeur.

If after preliminary analysis you are found to be eligible, the Directeur will send you the necessary documents by mail. You can then present your application for a change of name. If you are not found to be eligible, the Directeur will inform you of the appropriate solution for your situation.

Note
Your eligibility to apply for a change of name does not mean that the change of name will necessarily be authorized by the Directeur.

Step 2: Submit the application for a change of name
For this step, you must:

  • Fill out the application for a change of name that you received from the Directeur.
  • Make a sworn statement before a person authorized by law.
  • Give public notice of your intention to change your name (or that of a child under the age of 18) by having the required notices published, unless you have been granted an exemption.
  • Attach the required payment to the form and send by mail to the Directeur de l’état civil, in Québec, or file it at a service counter of the Directeur.

In addition, you must notify the following people when applying to the Directeur for a change of name (all that apply):

  • the applicant’s father, mother or tutor (if the applicant is 14 to 17)
  • the person aged 14 to 17 concerned by the application, if the applicant is his or her father, mother or tutor
  • the other parent or the tutor of the person (if under 18) concerned by the application, if the applicant is his or her father, mother or tutor

Publication of Notices
At least 4 notices of the change of name must appear at 7 day intervals, as follows:

  • 2 notices in the Gazette officielle du Québec
  • 2 notices in a local newspaper published in the judicial district where the person concerned by the application is domiciled.

If the application concerns the applicant and his or child, but the child does not live with the applicant, 2 additional notices must appear in a local newspaper published in the judicial district where the child is domiciled.

Exemption from Publication of Notices
In the following cases, no notices have to be published:

  • the change of name concerns a child under 6 months of age
  • the change of given name is clearly related to a change in the person’s gender identity
  • a special exemption from publication is granted by the Directeur de l’état civil
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