Oklahoma 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.
Oklahoma State Code:
Sec.1631. Right to Petition for Change of Name. Any natural person, who has been domiciled in this state or who has been residing upon any military reservation located in said state, for more than thirty (30) days, and has been an actual resident of the county or such military reservation situated in said county, or county in which the military reservation is situated, for more than thirty (30) days, next preceding the filing of the action, may petition for a change of name in a civil action in the district court. If the person be a minor, the action may be brought by guardian or next friend as in other actions.
Sec. 1632. Required Context of Petition. The petition shall be verified and shall state:
(a) The name and address of the petitioner;
(b) The facts as to domicile and residence;
(c) The date and place of birth;
(d) The birth certificate number, and place where the birth is registered, if registered;
(e) The name desired by petitioner;
(f) A clear and concise statement of the reasons for the desired change;
(g) A positive statement that the change is not sought for any illegal or fraudulent purpose, or to delay or hinder creditors.
Sec.1633. Notice – Protest – Hearing Date – Continuance. Notice of filing of such petition shall be given, in the manner provided for publication notice in civil cases, by publishing the same one time at least ten (10) days prior to the date set for hearing in some newspaper authorized by law to publish legal notices printed in the county where the petition is filed if there be any printed in such county, and if there be none, then in some such newspaper printed in this state of general circulation in that county. The notice shall contain the style and number of the case, the time, date and place where the same is to be heard, and that any person may file a written protest in the case prior to the date set for the hearing. The hearing date may be any day after completion of the publication. The court or judge, for cause, may continue the matter to a later date.
Sec. 1634. Proof of Petition by Sworn Evidence. The material allegations of the petition shall be sustained by sworn evidence, and the prayer of the petition shall be granted unless the court or judge finds that the change is sought for an illegal or fraudulent purpose, or that a material allegation in the petition is false.
Sec. 1635. Judgment – Authenticated Copy. The judgment shall recite generally the material facts and the change granted, or if denied, the reasons for the denial. A certified or authenticated copy of such judgment may be filed in any office, where proper to do so, and shall be regarded as a judgment in a civil action.
Sec. 1636. Fraudulent Use of Judgment a Misdemeanor. Any person who obtains a judgment under this act, willfully intending to use the same for any illegal or fraudulent purpose, or who thereafter willfully and intentionally uses such judgment, or a copy thereof, for any illegal or fraudulent purpose, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
Sec. 1637. Changes of Name to be Effected by this Act – Exceptions. After the effective date of this act, no natural person in this state may change his or her name except as provided in Sections 1631 through 1635 of this title and Sections 1 and 3 of this act, other than by marriage or decree of divorce or by adoption.
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