Whether it is for an update in marital status or you just simply want to change your birth name, there are several reasons why people want to change their names. The laws applying to this process differ according to each state but are all generally the same, just refer to these instructions.
Begin with making sure you have access to all of the required documents needed for a name change. This includes your Driver’s License, Social Security Card and Birth Certificate.
Choose a new name beforehand and tell your friends and family to start calling you by it, this will help you get used to the idea and decide if it is the right choice. You can even practice writing your signature with the new name.
The first, middle and last name can all be altered as long as the new name does not qualify as “fraudulent intent.” This means the name cannot use vulgar words, numbers or symbols. You also cannot violate trademarks, pretend to be someone else or change your name in attempts to avoid bankruptcy.
- Now call up the local government office and figure out the regulations for your area, request all of the paperwork needed for you to officially change your name.
- Fill out the forms with accurate information, they usually include a deed poll, a notice of petition to the public, an order granting the name change and an affidavit of consent.
- Make copies of all the documentation to file somewhere safely before submitting the paperwork to the proper offices.
- Some name changes are instantly approved, but if not you will need to wait for the approval. You may need to appear in court to defend your reasons and, in some cases, might be required to put an ad out in the newspaper to announce your name change.
- After approval, fill out and submit an affidavit to the court’s clerk. Once the order for your change of name is granted you can acquire a new I.D. to use at the DMV and SS office and get a new social security card, birth certificate and driver’s license.
- In some states you may be required to get the forms notarized.
- When getting your new identification visit the Social Security office first and then the DMV, your social security number must match the one on the license or they cannot reissue it.
- Ex-convicts, attorneys and illegal immigrants are required to get an affidavit of service of notification to authorities.