Change Your Name
Reasons to Change Names – Several Ways to get it done
Change your name if the one you have isn’t the one you want. Almost everyone can do that for nearly any reason. You can change your name to retake your maiden name, or to better support your career. If you want, you can change your name to honor someone, or to get rid of someone’s dishonor. You can change your name to reach for your future or to simplify your life. Here’s more information about the reasons for name change and how to actually legally change your name when you’re ready.
To get Social Security, Birth Certificate, Passport, Work, Banks, Schools, etc., to change your name, you need a Court Order. Every state court has a process for reviewing your request to Change Your Name and for issuing an official Court Order. These Court Orders aren’t free or easy to get, but they’re the ticket to getting everyone to recognize Your New Legal Name and many thousands of people get them every day in every state. You can get one too.
You can retake a maiden name at any time. You can restore a maiden name during or after divorce. But you can also do the same thing while still being married if you want. If you are still in a divorce case, you can do that by properly completing an FL-180 form, section 4f. Have the judge sign it as part of your eventual judgement. Then get a Certified Copy of it and it’s done. If you have already finished your divorce, the same result can be done by ex parte motion using a FL-395 Form. If you want want your Maiden Name back without a divorce, you have that accomplished by starting and properly completing a new Name Change case where you live now (CCP 1276a). The ways to change your name, using the marriage license and certificate are limited. The Name Change case is nearly unlimited.
If you want to change some portion of your name, whether to add something, remove something or just rearrange parts, a new Name Change case will let you fix that up. Everything must be done completely and correctly to get your Name Change Court Order. But your legal change of name is completely effective, for every purpose, the moment your Petition is granted.
If you want to change your name to something completely new, whether you’re married, divorced, living with someone or none of those, you can do that too. Almost any new name you want for your future is available to you just because it’s the name you prefer to have. There are some restrictions, but very few.
Change Your Name For Your Employment
People do this in nearly every occupation and profession. Entertainers and artists, of course. But construction workers and truck drivers change legal names to better and protect their jobs too. In every walk of life, trade and profession, there are people who want their own particular name to help them get ahead. Job, career, branding, licensing, name unification…these are all solid reasons why you might want to change your name. You can change your name, without a court order (informally), and a lot of people will accept your chosen name. But, sooner or later, you’ll need to get your income connected to your working name AND your legal name through your Social Security Account, or your 401k plan, or your payroll, you licenses, or your passport, etc. These are all Name Changes for Professional Reasons. Make sure it’s all done exactly right though. Your money is on the line!
Change Your Name to Honor Someone Important to You
You can change your name to honor Someone. An ancestor, a grandmother or grandfather, someone who raised you, someone or something from your heritage, your faith or beliefs. You can change your first, middle or last names, or all of them to honor. This is a common type of legal name change and you can click here for more information about how to get that done from California. The Superior Court will Grant you a Decree Changing Name, upon approval. Every government and financial agency accepts your Certified Decree to issue new ID and change Official Records.
Change Your Name To Reflect Your Beliefs and Pursue Your Future
You may not feel like a Sandy or Aaron. Maybe you want to be Dove or Thor to more comfortably live the live you see for yourself. You may have religious beliefs that you want to enshrine within your own name. The future you see for yourself may not include being called the name you’ve been given and you may prefer to choose the name that suits you. Your sense of spirituality may call you to rename yourself as the person you strive to be. Unless your name change will cause injury or be prevented by your criminal past, in California you can Be The One You Want To Be… You just have to decide to make that happen and start the process.
Change Your Name To Leave the Past Behind
If you share your name with someone who did very bad things, you can change your name legally. If you share a name with someone you want to forget, you can get all your ID and Official Records changed to reflect a new name. People who do this often take a mother’s, step-father or grandparent’s name. But you can also take a name that you think would suit you in your future. Your New Legal Name can be one you’ve already been using, or it can be one you see yourself becoming. If you want a brand new name, to help turn a page or move optimistically into your future, Do It!
You can change names if you’re tired of writing it all out every time there are important papers to sign. Or, if you’re tired of pronouncing or spelling it 2 or 3 times whenever you meet someone new. Some newcomers to the United States find that their native name isn’t helpful here and choose to Americanize their name. Some people just like the way a simpler version of their existing name.
When you want to a name change for any of these kinds of reasons, sooner or later someone will want to see your ID to validate your identity. And, you’ll want to have your earnings properly credited to your Social Security or 401k accounts, etc. When you get a court ordered name change, all government and financial institutions must change your ID and Official Records to match your Court Order. Then you’ll be all set.
Change Your Name By Court Order
To have your name changed for every official part of your real life, get a court order that’s signed by a judge and states the name you changed from and the name you changed to. Have that document Certified and you are good to go! It will take some time and money, but it will be worth it.