Arizona Legal Name Change

Below are the relevant state statutes, as well as links to the form petitions and instructions for obtaining a legal name change for yourself or a minor.

If, after reviewing the information below, you find the need for further legal assistance, you should visit this online legal service.

If you are seeking a marriage name change or a divorce name change, your marriage license or divorce decree can serve as your legal name change document. Thus you can proceed to Name Change Notification, the final step of the name change process. Otherwise, read the information below and follow the links to learn about obtaining a legal name change.

Arizona State Code:

Sec. 12-601. Application; venue; judgment.
A. When a person desires to change his name and to adopt another name, he may file an application in the superior court in the county of his residence, setting forth reasons for the change of name and the name he wishes to adopt. The court may enter judgment that the adopted name of the party be substituted for the original name.

B. The parent, guardian ad litem or next friend of a minor may file an application for change of the name of the minor in the county of the minor’s residence. The court shall consider the best interests of the child in determining whether to enter judgment that the name of the minor be changed.

Sec. 12-602. Notice of application; effect of change on rights and obligations.
A. If upon the filing of the application for change of name the court deems it proper that notice be given; it may order that notice of the application be given by publication or by service upon any party interested.

B. The change of name shall not operate to release the person from any obligations which he has incurred or is under by the original name, or defeat or destroy any rights of property or action which he had in his original name.

Sec. 13-3822. Notice of change of address and change of name; forwarding of information.
A. Within ten days after changing the person’s address within a county or after changing the person’s name, a person required to register under the provisions of this article shall inform the sheriff in writing of the person’s new address or new name. Within three days after receipt of such information, the sheriff shall forward it to the criminal identification section within the department of public safety and the chief of police, if any, of the place from which the person moves, and shall forward a copy of the statement, fingerprints and photograph of such person to the chief of police, if any, of the place to which the person has moved.

B. Within seventy-two hours after a person moves from a county in which the person is registered, the person shall notify in writing the sheriff of the county from which the person moves. If the person is subject to community notification requirements, the sheriff of the county from which the person moves shall advise the local law enforcement agency of the county to which the person moves of the move. If the person moves out of this state, the sheriff of the county from which the person moves shall advise the local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction to which the person moves. The local law enforcement agency shall contact the department of public safety following ten days after being notified to determine if the person has reregistered. If the person has not reregistered, the local law enforcement agency shall notify the local law enforcement agency in the county in which the person last resided. The local law enforcement agency in the county in which the person last resided shall conduct an investigation and shall submit a report to the appropriate county attorney.

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