Iowa 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.

Iowa State Code:

Sec. 674.1 Authorization. A person who has attained the age of majority and who does not have any civil disabilities may apply to the court to change the person’s name by filing a verified petition as provided in this chapter. The verified petition may request a name change for minor children of the petitioner as well as the petitioner or a parent may file a verified petition requesting a name change on behalf of a minor child of the parent.

Section History: Early form [C51, § 2256-2260; R60, § 3844-3848; C73, § 3502-3506; C97, § 4471-4475; S13, § 4471-b; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 12645; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 674.1; 81 Acts, ch 201, § 1]

Sec. 674.2 Petition to court. The verified petition shall be addressed to the district court of the county where the applicant resides and shall state and provide for each person seeking a name change:

1. The name at the time the petition is filed of the person whose name is to be changed and the person’s county of residence. If the person whose name is to be changed is a minor child, the petition shall state the name of the petitioner and the petitioner’s relationship to the minor child.

2. A description including height, weight, color of hair, color of eyes, race, sex, and date and place of birth.

3. Residence at time of petition and any prior residences for the past five years.

4. Reason for change of name, briefly and concisely stated.

5. A legal description of all real property in this state owned by the petitioner.

6. The name the petitioner proposes to take.

7. A certified copy of the birth certificate to be attached to the petition.

Section History: Early form [S13, § 4471-c; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 12646, 12647; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, § 674.2, 674.3; C73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 674.2, 674.6; 81 Acts, ch 201, § 2]

Section History: Recent form

90 Acts, ch 1008, §1, 2

Internal References Referred to in § 595.5

Sec. 674.3 Petition copy. A copy of the petition shall be filed by the clerk of court with the division for records and statistics of the Iowa department of public health. Section History: Early form [C73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 674.3]

Sec. 674.4 When granted. A decree of change of name may be granted any time after thirty days of the filing of the petition. Section History: Early form [S13, § 4471-h; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 12653; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, § 674.9; C73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 674.4]

Sec. 674.5 Contents of decree. The decree shall describe the petitioner, giving the petitioner’s name and former name, height, weight, color of hair, color of eyes, race, sex, date and place of birth and the given name of the spouse and any minor children affected by the change. The decree shall also give a legal description of all real property owned by the petitioner. Section History: Early form [C73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 674.5]

Sec. 674.6 Notice–consent. If the petitioner is married, the petitioner must give legal notice to the spouse, in the manner of an original notice, of the filing of the petition. If the petition includes or is filed on behalf of a minor child fourteen years of age or older, the child’s written consent to the change of name of that child is required. If the petition includes or is filed on behalf of a minor child under fourteen, both parents as stated on the birth certificate of the minor child shall file their written consent to the name change. If one of the parents does not consent to the name change, a hearing shall be set on the petition on twenty days’ notice to the non-consenting parent pursuant to the rules of civil procedure. At the hearing the court may waive the requirement of consent as to one of the parents if it finds:

1. That the parent has abandoned the child;

2. That the parent has been ordered to contribute to the support of the child or to financially aid in the child’s birth and has failed to do so without good cause; or

3. That the parent does not object to the name change after having been given due and proper notice. Section History: Early form [C73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 674.6; 81 Acts, ch 201, § 3] Section History: Recent form 85 Acts, ch 99, §12

Sec. 674.7 Copy to Iowa department of public health. When the court grants a decree of change of name, the clerk of the court shall furnish the petitioner with a certified copy of the decree and mail an abstract of a decree requiring a name change to be reflected on a birth certificate to the state registrar of vital statistics of the Iowa department of public health on a form provided by the state registrar. Section History: Early form [C73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 674.7]

Sec. 674.8 Copy to counties. The clerk of the court shall send a certified copy of the decree to the recorder’s office in every county in this state where real property is owned by the petitioner. Section History: Early form [S13, § 4471-i; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 12656; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, § 674.12; C73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 674.8]

Sec. 674.9 Former name indicated. Any new birth certificate issued to a person granted a change of name shall reflect the former name of the person issued the new birth certificate.

Section History: Early form [C73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 674.9; 81 Acts, ch 201, § 4]

Sec. 674.10 Fee . For filing a petition for change of name, the clerk shall collect a fee in the amount collected for filing and docketing a petition under section 602.8105, subsection 1, paragraph "a". Section History: Early form [S13, § 4471-g; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 12651, 12652; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, § 674.7, 674.8; C73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 674.10] Section History: Recent form 94 Acts, ch 1074, §14

Sec. 674.11 County clerk’s record. The clerk of the district court shall keep a record entitled "Change of Name Record." The entire proceedings shall be recorded in this record and the action shall be indexed under the original name and the new name. Section History: Early form [S13, § 4471-e, 4471-f; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 12649, 12650; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, § 674.5, 674.6; C73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 674.11]

Sec. 674.13 Further change barred. A person shall not change the person’s name more than once under this chapter unless just cause is shown. However, in a decree dissolving a person’s marriage, the person’s name may be changed back to the name appearing on the person’s original birth certificate or to a legal name previously acquired in a former marriage. Section History: Early form [S13, § 4471-h; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 12655; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, § 674.11; C73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 674.13] Section History: Recent form

88 Acts, ch 1158, § 98

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