Name Change for Minors – Filing Process

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

ATTENTION: You may use these forms to change the name of a minor if both parents are giving consent to the name change. If you cannot get the consent of both parents, please consult an attorney.

Forms located in this packet:

  • Petition for Name Change (Minor)
  • Affidavit of Parental Consent
STEP 1

Complete the Petition for Name Change (Minor) by typing or printing neatly using black ink. Please note that this form MUST be notarized.

STEP 2

Have the non-petitioning parent complete the Affidavit of Parental Consent. Please note that this form MUST be notarized.

STEP 3

ATTENTION: The non-petitioning parent MUST complete the Affidavit of Parental Consent even if he or she is not on the child’s birth certificate. In the event that the other parent is deceased, a death certificate is necessary for proof. In the event the other parent cannot be found, and thus cannot complete the Affidavit, the name change WILL NOT be granted.

ATTENTION: You will need to bring with you the following documents:

  • Petition for Name Change (Minor)
  • Affidavit of Parental Consent (if needed)
  • Birth Certificate (1 original and 1 copy)
  • Proof of Identification (Parent(s)) (driver’s license, passport)
  • Proof of Residency (Parents) – Documents with your name and current address (utility bill, phone bill, cable bill)
  • Filing fee in cash or money order

ATTENTION: All name changes are subject to a hearing.  Even if all your documents have been filled out correctly, filed and the filing fee paid, your request to change the name of your minor child may be denied.