Contra Costa County Name Change – Process & Steps
Legal Name Change in Contra Costa County
How To Change Your Name in Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County Name Change Process
Step 1 – Petition For Name Change in Contra Costa County
- CM-010 (Civil Case Cover Sheet)
- NC-100 (Petition)
- NC-110 (Attachment)
- NC-120 (Order to Show Cause)
- NC-130 (Decree)
Step 2 – Contra Costa County Superior Court Name Change Filing
Contra Costa County Superior Courthouses
Step 3 – Publish Name Change In Newspaper in Contra Costa County
Step 4 – Get Your Contra Costa County Court Order, upon Approval
Certified Copy Of Name Change Contra Costa County
Change Your California ID and Official Records
Before you go to get your State ID or Driver’s License in your New Legal Name, make sure your Social Security Account already reflects your New Legal Name. That’s because the DMV is going to check your computer records at SSA before allowing you to get your DMV ID Name Changed. So, do Social Security first if you need to fix your name there. Then get your California ID.
DMV has other requirements you’ll need to meet and you can find them on the DMV website. Make sure you look up and gather all the documents you’ll need to get the California ID you’re after. Real ID has very different requirements than other types. You can waste A LOT of time by bringing in the wrong items, so spend a little time online or on the phone to get a clear list of what you need before going down there. Tip: Get as much done online on their website as possible, before you go to one of the DMV offices near you.
Passport Name Change Contra Costa County
Birth Certificate Name Change Contra Costa County
Change of Name Application DMV Contra Costa County
Making updates to your DMV ID and Official Records is one of the most important things to do after a legal name change is complete. But, if you don’t have your Social Security account information updated properly first, you’re going to waste some time trying to get your DMV documents changed over. You can get some things done online with the DMV before going in. But, to get Name Change completed at DMV, you will need to visit one of their offices.
EZ Name Change Full Service provides customers with top-rated name change services, including a CHECKLIST for how to use your Certified Copy(s) so all your ID will match your NEW Legal Name. Tips include getting Social Security done first and checking the DMV website for starting your Application and gathering the right documentation. The hard part is taking a minute to review what’s required and the order to get things done.
Changing Name Social Security Contra Costa County
You’ll need to complete Social Security Form SS-5, and supply a Certified Copy of Your Decree Changing Name, to get your Social Security Card to match your Granted Name Change Court Order. They have other document requirements, so check their website before starting the process with SSA for Name Change.You can go into one of their Contra Costa County offices, with or without an appointment, to update your name on your SSA Account. They also allow processing by mail and will let you know how to do that, by phone or on the website.
Social Security is an anchor ID, because it’s used by other government agencies (such as DMV) to check or confirm your identity information. Of all the various places where your ID and Official Records are created and kept, do your best to make sure your Social Security Card has your correct legal name.
Changing Name on Tax Records in Contra Costa County
Changing your tax filing ID with the IRS and the State of California isn’t nearly as important as the ID and other Official Records places. Since your withholding and other tax issues are generally tracked by your Social Security Number, the tax agencies will keep your issues straight even if your name is legally changed. Your Social Security number is more likely to remain the same throughout your life than your name, so they rely on your number primarily.
The best and easiest way to let the IRS know that you’ve legally changed your name is to write in your New Legal Name on your next tax filing. You can send them a letter and a regular copy of your Decree Changing Name, either with your next Return Filing or separately. In one or two cycles, they will likely update your name on their records for you. Any Contra Costa County tax preparation office, or State/Federal Tax Office will accept your Name Change information and documentation. The tax agencies want you to file on time and pay your taxes. They don’t care quite so much about your name.
Name Change on Title Deeds Contra Costa County
You can change your name on Contra Costa County property title deeds and records if you want, after legal name change. The same goes for property anywhere in the world. But, it’s not necessary and costs some money. Instead, you can show a Certified Copy of your Decree Changing Name when you refinance or sell if someone asks about the name variation. Every Contra Costa County Superior court issued Decree is honored worldwide.
It’s almost always enough to keep a copy of your Name Change Court Order with your Property Deed or other formal title documents, just in case. But, if the property question is significant for you, consider checking with a real estate attorney for a legal opinion.
Marriage & Divorce
Marriage Certificates and Divorce Decrees are 2 types of documents that can be proper name change documents. However, it depends on where they were obtained and the process used to establish the person’s name and identity. Before 9/11, there was a lot more leniency by the government ID offices, allowing Official Records to reflect a change of name due to marital status change from marriage or divorce. Now, they have to be in proper form to work.
To be honored by SSA, DMV and other essential agencies, the marriage certificate or divorce judgment must show the person’s Current Legal Name along with the person’s NEW or Restored Legal Name, signed by a judge or other authorized government official, and must have been subject to a process where the person’s identity was established. The document must also be Certified and show the Seal reflecting the authority of the judge or official signing.
Contra Costa County Marriage Name Change
If you specify a New Name on your Contra Costa County Application that’s not permitted in the Name Equality Act of 2007, even if the clerk accepts it your New Name may not fly with other government agencies such as Social Security, DMV, etc. You may not change the information on the marriage license after it has been issued by the County Clerk.
Either, or both spouses can legally change names through a Contra Costa County name change case before or after a marriage. The court process for Name Change is unlimited for first name, middle name and last name changes. No first name changes are allowed through the Marriage License process, and only certain types of middle or last name changes. If a couple wants to change names in ways not allowed through the marriage license, the court process will work.
How To Change Your Name After Separation Contra Costa County
Sometimes a married couple will separate, but not get divorced. If one of them changed their name when they were married, that person may well want to reclaim their maiden name or take a new name altogether.
People retake their prior legal name (usually birth name) all the time after changing names in marriage. It’s quite common now for a woman to take back her maiden name for work or other professional reasons. Since the Name Equality Act of 2007, men do that too sometimes now. In these situations, the couple isn’t separated or divorcing. They just want to make use of the name they were already known by instead of a relatively new name reflecting a marriage.That makes sense in Contra Costa County, moneywise, in many situations and many other places too.
How To Change Your Name After Divorce In Contra Costa County
In an Contra Costa County Superior Court divorce judgment, each party can ask to have a former legal name restored. If that’s done correctly, a Certified Copy of that divorce Order will allow you to change your ID and Official Records to the restored name. You can also do that after the divorce is over, if you didn’t do it before the divorce was final, but it’s a little more complicated later.
After a divorce, though, you’re not limited to just taking back your former legal name. You can use any of the Contra Costa County Courts to change your name to any name you want so long as you’re living in Contra Costa County when you want to do that name change. That’s also true if your divorce wasn’t in Contra Costa County or even if it was from another state. So long as you live in Contra Costa County now, you can use the Contra Costa County Superior Court to have your name legally changed through a name change case.
Child Name Change Contra Costa County
One or both parents can change a child’s legal name anywhere in California, so long as the child lives there now. When changing a child’s name, you’ll want to read up on the requirements (CCP 1276 and CCP 1277 in particular). Expect the courts and judges to be carefully watching out for what’s best for the child and to be sure that all the laws, rules and procedures are applied so interests are protected.
Each Contra Costa County Change Court has their own rules for filing and completing a name change case for a child (or children). If you don’t have help doing the documents, expect to spend extra time going back and forth, making corrections and changes before getting it right. It’s not impossible to do, but it’s not simple. If only one parent is petitioning, it can be very complicated. Done right, though, you can get a legal name change for a newborn or a near adult, and for a child of every age in between.
Name and Gender Change Contra Costa County
There are two kinds of Legal Name Change Petitions available for transgender and gender identity situations. If you’re transgender, or don’t identify with the gender assigned at birth, you have some options. In 2018, the California Name Change Laws were amended. Some Petitioners and some courts have struggled to process name, and name and gender change petitions completed under the new laws, but we have been working very successfully with every Contra Costa County Court on both kinds for many years now. It can be life changing. Learn more here.
The 2018 added Civil Code Section is CCP 1277.5. In that section, and in the judicial council approved court forms that followed, California transgender Petitioners can now choose between a Name Change to Conform to the Petitioner’s Gender Identity (name change only), or a Petition for Change of Name, Recognition of Change of Gender, and Issuance of New Birth Certificate (name and gender change). California also established “nonbinary” as a new official gender designation, in addition to male or female.