ID & Name Change

This page provides links to provincial and federal services that you can use to change your name, gender or sex designation on identity documents.





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If changing both name and gender marker at the same time, make sure your documentation for both is processed before ordering a new physical copy of your identification. 


BC – Provincial Documents

  • Need either a Canadian birth certificate OR Canadian citizenship/permanent resident card. 
  • Vital statistics will issue a Certificate of Change of Name which also changes your birth record if born in BC. 
BC birth certificate – Vital statistics legal changes of name
  • You will need to apply separately with your updated name to be sent a physical copy of the updated birth certificate. 
BC identification (MSP, BC Services Card, BC driver’s licence, BC identification card (BCID), enhanced driver’s licence (EDL), or enhanced ID (EIC))
  • Need Certificate of Change of Name.

Federal Documents

Confirmation of Social Insurance Number (SIN) Letter – Take documents to the nearest Service Canada office
  • You will need birth certificate or permanent resident/Canadian citizenship card AND Certificate of Change of Name.  
  • You can do this at the same time as changing your gender on your SIN card. 
  • You will need birth certificate/Canadian citizenship certificate with updated name. 
  • Need Certificate of Change of Name.
  • It is strongly recommended that anyone interested in changing their name on their permanent resident card follows up directly with Canadian Immigration services to see if this will impact potential residency requirements. 
  • Can do this at the same time as changing your gender on your permanent resident card. 
  • If legally changed name in Canada - need Certificate of Change of Name. 
  • If legally changed name outside of Canada – see the citizenship certificate link above for documents. 

  • Can do this at the same time as changing your gender on your citizenship certificate.

If changing both name and gender marker at the same time, make sure your documentation for both is processed before ordering a new physical copy of your identification. 


Note: Hormones or surgery are no longer a requirement for being able to change your gender marker on BC or federal documents.


BC – Provincial Documents


If you are planning to change your gender designation on your birth certificate, do that first.

BC identification (MSP, BC Services Card, BC driver’s licence, BC identification card (BCID), enhanced driver’s licence (EDL), or enhanced ID (EIC))
  • Need updated birth certificate OR a completed Application for Change of Gender Designation (Adult) or Application for Change of Gender Designation (Minor) (see BC identification link), along with the supporting documentation outlined in the BC identification link above. 

Federal Documents


Confirmation of Social Insurance Number (SIN) Letter - Take documents to the nearest Service Canada office
  • Need Canadian birth certificate or permanent resident/Canadian citizenship card with updated gender. 
  • You now have the option to have your gender marked as X or not to declare your gender. However, until Employment and Social Development Canada's (ESDC) computer systems can be upgraded to register this information, "male" or "female" will still appear on your SIN record. Service Canada will add a note to your record indicating your choice. (As of April 1st 2018)
  • Can do this at the same time as changing your name on your SIN card. 
  • Need proof of Canadian citizenship or immigration status document that shows the same sex (gender marker) as the one you are requesting. 
  • If these documents do not reflect the same sex (gender marker) include:
  • X on Passport: You will soon be able to have your sex (gender marker) marked as X (unspecified) on your passport or travel document. Until then, you can request an observation be added to your passport or travel document that says your sex (gender marker) should be X. (As of April 1st 2018)
  • Need current passport or renewal form/new passport application plus observation form.
  • Need birth certificate with change of gender marker/Provincial Vital Statistics legal order showing a change of sex designation. 
  • See permanent resident card link above if unable to attain these documents or if documents are from outside of Canada.  
  • Can do this at the same time as changing your name on your permanent resident card. 
  • X on Permanent Resident Card: In the future, the Government of Canada will be introducing an “X” in the sex (gender marker) field. Until this becomes available, you may request a supporting document, free of charge that will state: “The sex of the bearer should read as “X”, indicating that it is unspecified”. 
  • Need birth certificate with change of gender marker/ Provincial Vital Statistics legal order showing a change of sex designation. 
  • See citizenship certificate link above if unable to attain these documents or if documents are from outside of Canada. 
  • Can do this at the same time as changing your name on your Citizenship Certificate.
  • X on citizenship certificate: In the future, the Government of Canada will be introducing an “X” in the sex (gender marker) field. Until this becomes available, you may request a supporting document, free of charge that will state: “The sex of the bearer should read as “X”, indicating that it is unspecified”. 

If you were not born in BC and wish to update your birth certificate, you will need to contact the government agency responsible for issuing birth certificates wherever you were born. Gender reassignment surgery is no longer required to change gender/sex designation on identifications in any Canadian province or territory. 

 

These documents are not identity documents. Therefore, they can only be amended to correct errors made by Canadian immigration officials in recording the information you provided when you applied to come to Canada.

 
If you change the information on the passport that your temporary resident documents are attached to, you should apply for a new document. Your application must match your current passport. Documents can only be amended if they are valid (have not expired).

The following documents can be amended:
  • Visitor Record
  • Work Permit
  • Study Permit
  • Permit to Come Into or Remain in Canada
  • Temporary Resident Permit

The following documents can be changed to indicate an X under gender/sex designation. Some of these documents are currently in the process of transitioning to an X designation and have interim measures in place. Follow links to learn more: 

Provincial Documents

Currently no BC documents offer an Unspecified Gender/Sex designation. 

If you want to change documents from other provinces you will need to contact the government agency responsible for issuing these. Some provinces have introduced unspecified gender designations on their documents. 

Federal Documents

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For support resources that assist in ID Change

BC Vital Statistics

For changes to BC documents you can also inquire directly with BC Vital Statistics
Toll-Free within B.C.: 1-888-876-1633

Vancouver 

Transgender ID Change Clinic (QMUNITY)

QMUNITY’s Transgender ID Change Clinic provides basic notarial services for low-income transgender individuals who are applying for a legal name change and/or to change gender markers on their identification. Notarial services include witnessing statutory declarations and certifying true copies.
Time and Location: see Qmunity’s website
For info: TransID@qmunity.ca (for further information and appointments outside of clinic times).

PACE Society


Victoria




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