The big day came, congratulations! You had your wedding or elopement, celebrated with your partner and your loved ones, and created memories that will last a lifetime. One of the first things you did when it was all said and done? Changed your name on social media, of course! Which may have sparked the question: just how do I change to my married name legally? Name changes work a bit differently depending on where you live, so this post will only cover Alberta.
In Alberta, you actually don’t change your last name, you assume your spouse’s last name (or add their name to yours with a space or a hyphen). This means that both your maiden and married last names are legally yours to use but, to avoid both confusion and frustration, it’s often easier to choose one and stick with it.
Each piece of identification has to be changed with the respective provider, and this is where it can feel overwhelming. Set aside a chunk of time during the day to dedicate to this purpose so you can feel confident you got them all.