You cannot change your child’s surname or given name without authorization from the court or the registrar of civil status.

Application to the court

The court will hear an application filed for one of the following reasons:

Application to the registrar of civil status

You can file an application for a change of name with the registrar of civil status on various grounds, for example if:

  • you wish to correct the child’s surname or given name as it appears in the register of civil status;
  • you wish to simplify your child’s name because it is of foreign origin or difficult to pronounce or write;
  • your child’s given name is a subject of ridicule.

 

Since November 27, 2017, notices of change of name must be published on the website of the registrar of civil status, rather than in the Gazette officielle du Québec and in a local newspaper.

For more information

  • See the section Change of name on the website of the registrar of civil status.
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