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Legal Name Change Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How does fingerprinting work for a Legal Name Change?

Answer: The fingerprinting agency takes the Applicant’s fingerprints electronically and submits them to the RCMP instantly using secure online transmission. The RCMP processes the fingerprints and then mails the results directly to the Applicant by ordinary mail.  The RCMP will not courier the results to the Applicant.

Question: How long will it take for the Applicant to get their results?

Answer: Normally, the Applicant receives the results within 2 to 3 weeks if they have NO criminal record or 1 to 3 months if they DO have a criminal record.  The RCMP does not accept emergency requests.  All requests are handled by the RCMP in the order that they are received. 

Question: Can Applicants submit their Name Change Application immediately after being fingerprinted?

Answer: No.  The Applicant must wait until they get their report from the RCMP BEFORE submitting their Application.

Question: Do all children have to get fingerprinted for their Legal Name Change?

Answer: No. Only children ages 12 and older need to be fingerprinted.

Question: Can Applicants go to the Calgary Police Service for fingerprinting for a Legal Name Change?

Answer: No.  The Calgary Police Service no longer provides fingerprinting services for civil purposes unless the application is associated with a Vulnerable Sector Search (volunteer or work with vulnerable people).  The Applicant must go to an RCMP Accredited and Certified Fingerprint Agency. 

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