It is a semi-complicated process. However, you will be able to get it done if you simply follow our instructions.
The first thing you need to do is go to the Superior Court for the area you live in and file a Name Change Petition. The process will end with you receiving a Court Order. A Court Order or Decree Changing Name is what all private organizations, financial institutions, schools, and government agencies all want to see before agreeing to change any important records or your ID.
How To Do A Name Change in the State of California – Child or Adult?
- Prepare and File Your Petition
- Advertise – Notices
- Upon Approval, Obtain Your Court Order
- Change Your Official Records and ID
Step 1 – Your Petition
First of all, you will need to prepare the petition. It needs to be filled out and file all of the Name Change Petition forms that are required with the correct court. Along with the standard California state Judicial Council forms, there are some counties in California that require additional forms. The standardized forms, which will depend on your specific Name Change situation, are the following:
NC-130 Decree Changing Name
NC-121 Proof of Service of Order to Show Cause [Used only in certain Child Name Changes]
NC-120 Order to Show Cause
NC-110 Name and Information About the Person Whose Name is to be Changed
NC-100 Petition for Change of Name
CM-010 Civil Case Cover Sheet
FW-003 Order on Court Fee Waiver [ONLY USED when you are unable to afford to pay for court fees]
FW-001 Request to Waive Court Fees [ONLY USED when you can’t afford to pay for court fees]
In 9 counties, one other form will be required to check on criminal history. Other counties require additional forms for consent or … Read More ...