You can get a court order changing your name from your current legal name to a new name. That’s the most universally accepted way to change your name so that all the government and financial places will honor it. With a Certified Copy of a Name Change Court Order, you can get your records changed with Social Security, Driver’s License, Passport, Banks, and everywhere else.
A Court Order or a U.S. Government issued Name Change Certificate is what you need to change your important records. Social Security, Passport, Driver’s License, and others will require an original or Certified Copy before they will change your name in their records. You need to find the surest, least costly, and fastest way to get yours done.
Is getting a court order the only way to change my name?
Change my name by marriage license
You can legally change your name when you get married. In some states men can change their name just like women have been able to do forever. If you did change your name on your marriage license, most government and financial institutions accept a government issued marriage certificate as proof of legal name change.
Change my name by adoption or immigration
If you are adopted or obtain U.S. Citizenship through immigration, you can legally change names during those processes. Both Adoption and Citizenship have processes where a judge will sign an order changing your name, if you have decided to do that before those processes are over.
Change my name after divorce
You’re usually entitled to retake a maiden name, or some earlier legal name you’ve had, as part of your divorce case. Your judge, if asked can sign a court order establishing your Name Change. Unlike the marriage, adoption and immigration Name Change processes, you can use your divorce case to change your name even after your divorce is final.
Change my name by Usage
You can change your name just by doing it! Common Law Name Change, or Name Change by Usage are perfectly acceptable ways you can change your name without the expense or fuss of going through a process. HOWEVER…the catch is that some government, financial and school agencies WILL NOT ACCEPT that type of name change as legally effective for their purposes.
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