A legal name change, or the process of changing your name in a court will vary based on the state you live in. Generally the legal name change steps are:
- Draft your legal name change petition and court documents;
- File your documents with the court;
- Notify the public by publishing your name change in a local newspaper;
- Appear in Court;
- Make it official by notifying the SSA, DMV and everyone else.
Select your State for the specific requirements:
After review the summary of the process below, more specific instructions on the process can be found at our Legal Name Change Instructions page.
What is a Legal Name Change?
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