Allow Married Names that are Hyphenated or Double-Barrelled on BC Services Card
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Currently, when someone gets married in British Columbia, under the Name Act, you are able to completely switch your last name and assume your spouse's last name by showing a marriage certificate. For instance Robin Smith can become Robin Jones. However, if you prefer to double-barrel (Smith Jones) or hyphenate (Smith-Jones) your last name, it is not considered a valid assumed name and cannot be legally used for your BC Services Card. Instead you are required to complete a legal name change, for a fee, to acquire a brand new birth certificate. Anyone who has assumed a double-barrelled or hyphenated name due to marriage will be required to complete this name change process by February 2018.
Using hyphenated and double-barrelled names has become a mainstream practice many people now use when they are married. Only allowing people to substitute their spouse's last name for their own is discriminatory and less transparent than allowing a person to add their spouse's surname to their own legal birth name. The Name Act needs to be updated to reflect this widespread practice.
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