Name Change On An Ontario Drivers Licence

When you need to change your name on an Ontario driver's licence, it is important to have the right documents in order to make the change. There are varying situations that allow you to change your name on your Ontario driving licence, and each one is handled in a slightly different way. By utilizing our Easy Guide, you can navigate your name change hassle-free. Read on to find out more!

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many Ministry of Transportation, or MTO, related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the Ministry of Transportation, or MTO, offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible we will prepare your Ministry of Transportation, or MTO, forms and/or provide links to Ministry of Transportation, or MTO, Online services. You will also receive 30 days of emergency roadside assistance. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: Decide where you need to go for your particular situation

Changing your name on your Ontario driving licence can be done in many different ways. In some situations, you can make the change online or via mail. However, for the most part you will need to visit your local ServiceOntario Centre. Be sure to be aware of which way you are eligible.

3: Via a local MTO, or ServiceOntario Centre

If you prefer to access Ontario driver's licence services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver licence services can be handled at a physical Ministry of Transportation, or ServiceOntario Centre. Varying Ministry of Transportations, or ServiceOntario Centres will sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the location closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local office allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in person visit is either preferred or required.


Changing Your Name on Your Licence

As life changes, sometimes we need to make changes to our personal identification. Name changes often occur due to marriage, divorce or personal choice. To change your name on your Ontario driving licence, the process is quite simple.

If you have decided to change your name, you must notify ServiceOntario within six days of making the change. There is an exception though, and this is when you change your name due to marriage. The six-day rule does not apply, and you can wait to make the change until you have an original marriage certificate in-hand.

There are specific documents that you will need, based on the type of name change you are requesting. Below, you will find the required documents for each case:

  • Common Law Name Change
    • Change of name certificate
  • Legal Name Change
    • Change of name certificate
    • Court order
  • Adopted Name Change
    • Change of name certificate
    • Court order for adoption
  • Married Name Change
    • Change of name certificate
    • Marriage certificate
  • Singular Name Change
    • Canadian certificate of Indian status
    • U.S. or Canadian birth certificate
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