Learn how you can officially change your name

Get Closer to Having a New Name

A new name can be the start of a new chapter for your life. Regardless of your reasons for changing your name, the process of having it done is complex and stressful. We provide resources and information to help people complete the necessary procedures to have their name changed.

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Name Change for Children

You can receive assistance in completing the necessary procedures for changing your children’s names.

Name Change for Adults

Make your name official through letters and notifying government institutions.

Document Preparation

Download forms and obtain information on how to complete them.

Complete Court Approval

Have a judge sign your decree and obtain full certification of your new name.

Legal Name Change Form

You may need a legal name change for any personal reason. Due to security reasons, the process and requirements of having your name legally changed is extensive. You can find numerous resources here to help you prepare for the process.

Social Security Name Change

Last Name Change

Legal Name Change

Name Change Form

Name Change Process

Social Security Name Change

Upon changing your name, you must request an updated Social Security Card.  To change your name on your card, download and complete an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5). You must provide any documents that…

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Last Name Change

To prevent against identity theft and contain risks of terrorism, agencies require a court order to confirm a change of last name.  The one exception is during the event of a marriage, where one spouse is taking…

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Legal Name Change

What makes a name legal is its recognition in official documents and authorized courts.  Your birth name is legal because it is on your birth certificate and used in all legal documents.  You have multiple options to…

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Name Change Form

Name change forms vary by state.  Most courts within a state use a standard and basic set of forms.  Some courts have specialized and specific forms for unique cases.  For adults, the following forms are required to…

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Name Change Process

A court order name change works by first preparing a name change petition for filing. Some courts require you to fill out local forms requesting a change of name. Your local court clerk is the best source…

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Legal Name Change by State

Each state in the U.S. has their own specific set of procedures in order for individuals to legally change their name. Here, you will find resources and information regarding the legal name change process of various states such as New York, California, Texas, Illinois, and Florida.

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Name Change By State

Name Change by State Each state has their own set of procedures and requirements for legal change of name.  You…

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Getting a New Social Security Card

Obtaining a New Card Getting a new social security card is extremely important after having a legal name change.  You…

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Changing Your Last Name

Changing Your Last Name Changing your last name requires an extensive legal and court process.  A notable exception is in…

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