Nevada 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.
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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.
Nevada State Code:
Sec. 41.270 Verified petition. Any person desiring to have his name changed may file a verified petition with the clerk of the district court of the district in which he resides. The petition shall be addressed to the court and shall state the applicant’s present name, the name which he desires to bear in the future, the reason for desiring the change and whether he has been convicted of a felony. [1:16:1869; B § 4036; BH § 4944; C § 5001; RL § 5835; NCL § 9457]— (NRS A 1989, 488)
Sec. 41.280 Publication of notice. Upon the filing of the petition the applicant shall make out and procure a notice, which shall state the fact of the filing of the petition, its object, his present name and the name which he desires to bear in the future. The notice shall be published in some newspaper of general circulation in the county once a week for 3 successive weeks. [2:16:1869; A 1941, 12; 1943, 87; 1943 NCL § 9458]
Sec. 41.290 Order of court; hearing on objections; disposition and rescission of order.
1. If, within 10 days after the last publication of the notice no written objection is filed with the clerk, upon proof of the filing of the petition and publication of notice as required in Sec. 41.280, and upon being satisfied by the statements in the petition, or by other evidence, that good reason exists therefore, the court shall make an order changing the name of the applicant as prayed for in the petition. If, within the period an objection is filed, the court shall appoint a day for hearing the proofs, respectively, of the applicant and the objection, upon reasonable notice. Upon that day the court shall hear the proofs, and grant or refuse the prayer of the petitioner, according to whether the proofs show satisfactory reasons for making the change. Before issuing its order, the court shall specifically take into consideration the applicant’s criminal record, if any, which is stated in the petition.
2. Upon the making of an order either granting or denying the prayer of the applicant, the order must be recorded as a judgment of the court. If the petition is granted, the name of the applicant must thereupon be as stated in the order and the clerk shall transmit a certified copy of the order to the state registrar of vital statistics.
3. If an order grants a change of name to a person who has a criminal record, the clerk shall transmit a certified copy of the order to the central repository for Nevada records of criminal history for inclusion in that person’s record of criminal history.
4. Upon receiving incontrovertible proof that an applicant in his petition falsely denied having been convicted of a felony, the court shall rescind its order granting the change of name and the clerk shall transmit a certified copy of the order rescinding the previous order to:
(a) The state registrar of vital statistics for inclusion in his records.
(b) The central repository for Nevada records of criminal history for inclusion in his record of criminal history.
[3:16:1869; A 1943, 87; 1943 NCL § 9459]— (NRS A 1960, 157; 1989, 488)
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