Name changes for
newlyweds or those
married for years.

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Use your marriage certificate to change your name with various institutions. Find out more at our Marriage Name Change section.

Name changes for
after your divorce. Get
your maiden name back.

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You may be able to use your divorce decree as your legal proof of name change. Find out more at our Divorce Name Change section.

The Name Change Process

Wondering how to change your name? NewLastName provides free name change information and name change forms to help you.

For your name change after marriage or divorce, you should start at our Marriage Name Change or Divorce Name Change pages. If you are changing your name or a minor’s name for any other reason, you should get started at our Legal Name Change page.

There are several steps in the name change process. First, you need to obtain a legal name change document. This can also be accomplished via a marriage certificate or divorce decree. However if you are changing your name or a child’s name for any other reason, you need to obtain a legal name change document from the court.

Once you have your legal name change document, you then have to go through the name change notification process. This is the process of notifying all of the appropriate government and corporate agencies of your new name.

This process is cumbersome and time consuming. However we have broken it down and simplified it here, so you don’t have to waste your time navigating the system!


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When she realized how great the need was, she realized that she could create a site that did more than just answer questions about the process and provide links to name change forms.

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