Name Change for Minors Age 16 – 17 – 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:

  • Right to Review Request Form (SBI)
  • Records Check Request Checklist (FBI)
  • Applicant Information Form (FBI)
  • Credit Card Payment Form (FBI)
  • Petition for Name Change (Minor)
  • Affidavit of Parental Consent
  • Two (2) Affidavits of Character
  • Affidavit of Outstanding Tax or Child Support
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

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.

STEP 3

If the minor child is 16 or 17 years old, you must have two (2) Affidavits of Character from RESIDENTS OF MECKLENBURG COUNTY who ARE NOT RELATED to the minor child. Each Affidavit MUST be notarized.

STEP 4

If the minor child is 16 or 17 years old, complete the Affidavit Regarding Outstanding Tax or Child Support Obligation by typing or printing neatly using black ink. Please note that this form MUST be notarized.

ATTENTION: You will need to bring with you the following documents to the third floor of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, Special Proceedings (Suite 3720):

  • Petition for Name Change (Minor)
  • Affidavit of Parental Consent
  • Two (2) Affidavits of Character
  • Affidavit Regarding Outstanding Tax or Child Support Obligation
  • Birth Certificate (Certified Copy)
  • Proof of Identification (Parent(s)) (driver’s license, passport)
  • Proof of Residency (Parent(s)) – 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.

Please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope, if you would like a copy of the order to be mailed to you. The clerk’s office cannot notify parties when their order has been entered, so if they want a copy mailed to them they must include the self-addressed, stamped envelope.

After you have the order that changes the name, you may need to change the name on public and private records including:

  • Social Security Card
  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Post Office
  • IRS
  • Voter Registration
  • Banks
  • Credit Cards
  • Doctors
  • Insurance Companies
  • State Tax Authority
  • Clubs
  • Memberships
  • Employer
  • Retirement Plans

You may also need to change your name on the following documents:

  • Will
  • Health Care Proxy
  • Living Will
  • Trust
  • Power of Attorney
  • Contracts