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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.
  • Have a notice of your application published on the website of the Directeur, by checking the consent to publication box, 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):

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

Publication of Notices
As of November 27, 2017 you no longer have to give public notice in newspapers and the Gazette officielle du Québec that you have applied to change your name. Publication is only done on the website of the Directeur de l’état civil. For this to be done, you must have checked the consent box on the application form to change your name.

The Directeur publishes the notice for 15 days on its website, free of charge.

Applicants who gave public notice in newspapers and the Gazette officielle du Québec before November 27, 2017 that they have applied to change their name will not have to give further notice, provided that their name change application form, accompanied by proof of publication, is sent to the Directeur before May 27, 2018.

Exemption from Publication of Notices
In the following cases, no notice has 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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