Legal transitioning is the process of officially updating your government and identity documents to reflect your lived gender identity. Having identification documents (IDs) that match your gender identity and gender expression is an important part of being able to participate in society safely, with dignity and privacy.
If you want to change your legal name, you need a formal Certificate of Change of Name.
To change your name in Nova Scotia, you must have been born in Nova Scotia or lived in Nova Scotia for at least 3 months immediately before applying for a name change. If you are under 16, a parent or guardian must apply for you.
Contact Vital Statistics to request an application form:
You must provide (in English or with an official English translation):
|Application (includes 1 Change of Name Certificate)
|Amendments (changes) to records with change of name (for example, Marriage Certificate)
All name changes in Nova Scotia are registered in the Royal Gazette Part I, but you can apply to not have your name published. Attach a letter explaining why you do not want your name included in the Royal Gazette Part I.
The following reasons for not including notice of legal name change in the Royal Gazette Part I are accepted:
In Nova Scotia you can change the gender marker on your government-issued identification documents through Vital Statistics. You may change the sex indicator to M, F or X.
How you apply depends on your age:
To change the gender marker on your SIN record, your lived gender must be reflected on your Birth Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship. You must visit a Service Canada site in person and fill out a standard SIN amendment form. You must provide the following supporting documentation:
Take your documents to the nearest Service Canada office.
You will need a Birth Certificate/Certificate of Citizenship with updated name.
Permanent Resident Card
You will need a Certificate of Change of Name for this request. It is strongly recommended that anyone interested in changing their name on their Permanent Resident Card follow up directly with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada services to see if this will impact possible residency requirements. You can do this at the same time as changing your gender on your Permanent Resident Card.
If you legally changed your name in Canada, you need a Certificate of Change of Name for this request.
If you legally changed your name outside of Canada, contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada services for guidance.
*You can start this process at the same time as changing your gender on your Certificate of Citizenship.