Learn how you can officially change your name

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 be completed and submitted for the petition to be approved:

Petition for Change of Name (Form NC-100)

Attachment to Petition for Change of Name (Form NC-110)

Civil Case Cover Sheet (Form CM-010)

Order to Show Cause for Change of Name (Form NC-120)

Decree Changing Name (Form NC-130)

Ex Parte Application for Restoration of Former Name After Entry of Judgment and Order (Form FL-395)

Form FL-395 can only be used following a confirmed divorce.  It should be filed in the court where you filed your divorce.

For children, the following forms are required:

Petition for Change of Name (Form NC-100)

Attachment to Petition for Change of Name (Form NC-110)

Civil Case Cover Sheet (Form CM-010)

Order to Show Cause for Change of Name (Form NC-120)

Proof of Service of Order to Show Cause (Form NC-121)

Decree Changing Name (Form NC-130)

The Order to Show Cause for Change of Name is required by law to prevent fraud and notify other people of the name change, giving them an opportunity to object.  Providing notice to other parties is a legal requirement.