If you’ve made every effort to find the other party, the court may allow you to apply to change a child’s name without serving the other party.
How to apply
Step 1. Fill out the initial forms
In the Application to Dispense with Consent to Change a Child’s Name (PDF, 132 KB) info pack, fill out the first 2 forms:
- Originating Application – Dispense with Consent to Change Name
- Affidavit – Dispense with Consent to Change Name
Step 2. Serve the initial forms
You’re required to serve the forms to both the other party and Alberta Vital Statistics at least 10 days notice before filing your application.
You can serve the other party in person or by mail.
You can serve your forms to Alberta Vital Statistics in person or by mail.
Bring your forms to:
Alberta Vital Statistics Office
Brownlee Building, Ground Floor
10365 97 St
Edmonton, AB T5J 3W7
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:00
Mail your forms to:
P.O. Box 2023
Your forms won’t be considered to be ‘served’ until either:
- Alberta Vital Statistics signs to acknowledge delivery
- 7 days after you mail them
Step 3. Fill out the remaining forms
In the Application to Dispense with Consent to Change a Child’s Name (PDF, 132 KB) info pack, fill out the last 2 forms:
- Affidavit of Personal Service
- Affidavit of Service on Registrar of Vital Statistics
Step 4. File the remaining forms
File the forms at the Court of Queen’s Bench.
There is a filing fee of $250.
Step 5. Change the child’s name
If your application is accepted, the court will grant an order giving you permission to change a child’s name.
To complete a change of name application, contact a registry agent.