Georgia Name Change Costs, Fees & Steps
How Much Does It Cost For an Adult Name Change In Georgia?
Court Cost is $214 . Some courts charge less, and some charge more. There are other costs too. Changing Legal Names is a VERY personal and important decision. So, understandably, it isn’t simple or free. Even finding out about all the costs involved, so you can feel comfortable to make the decision, can be complicated and frustrating.
This article will break down all the costs and the processes where the costs come up. Here’s the Legal Name Change Costs in Georgia, all in one place: Details, itemization and totals.
Itemized Costs - Legal Name Change for an Adult in Georgia
When you legally change your name, you receive a Name Change Document and can get your ID and Official Records changed. In Georgia, that document is called a Final Order Changing Name of Adult and you need a Certified Copy of that to show the ID agencies. At the end of the Name Change Petition process, upon approval by a Superior Court Judge, you can get a Certified Copy(s) of your Court Order. Each step to get your Certified Copy has a cost associated with it.
The Steps are:
- Prepare a Notarized Petition
- File the Petition at the Superior Court
- Arrange Advertising, Approval Hearing and get your Final Order, upon approval.
- Get the Certified Copy(s) of your Final Order Changing Name of Adult
- Update your ID and Official Records
Georgia Name Change Cost & Fees, Details
1. Cost to Prepare and Notarize a Name Change Petition in Georgia
2. Court Filing Fee in Georgia
$214 – The Court Filing Cost in Georgia is between $200 and $290, depending on the county where you live now. Whether you do everything yourself, have EZ Name Change help you, or have someone else help you, this Court Filing cost will apply.
If you can’t afford to pay the court filing costs, you can ask the court to waive your court costs, based on poverty. Even If Court Filing Fees are waived, the Advertising, Notary, and Document Preparation Service (if used) fees will still need to be paid.
When you file your name change petition forms, the Superior Court Filing fee must also be paid. If you’re going to request a fee waiver, those forms must be completed and turned in with the Petition instead of paying the court filing fee.
Contact Us to ask for your County’s exact filing fee or about an Affidavit of Poverty/Indigency to request the fees be waived.
3. Advertising – Public Notice Costs
4. Certified Copy Cost - Name Change Court Order in Georgia
Certified Copies cost $1 to $3 each. A Certified Copy isn’t a regular copy. It’s an Official Record and, properly prepared, is honored by every State and Federal Government Agency, and even Internationally. You must have a Certified Copy of your Final Order Changing Name of Adult in order to update your ID and Official Records with Social Security, DDS, Passport, Bank, Professional Licensing, and other core agencies. Many of your relationships won’t need to see a Certified Copy, but the main ID places will.
You can get your Certified Copies from the Superior Court directly, after you get your signed Final Order from the court. You can get as many Certified Copies as you want. And, you can get more, even years later, from that same place. We recommend that you get 2-5 of them, so figure $10 for Certified Copies.
Summary – TOTAL Costs of Name Change Petition Process for an Adult in Georgia
Typical Full Service TOTAL: $ 467
INCLUDES: EZ Full Service ($190), the court Filing ($214), and the Newspaper Ads/Proof ($45): Also includes Notary ($8) and Certified Copies ($10).
These are the current actual Full Service Total Costs for Fulton County. Other counties will be close in price, but may be a little less or more. We will let you know your county’s actual costs upon your request and/or by written confirmation after you completion of our Questionnaire (Start Now). You will be asked to pay $115 of the total with any credit or debit card, at the end of Questionnaire for Full Service. After you return the signed Petition, we’ll ask for the balance of $349 (typically). You’ll pay the Notary ($8) and Certified Copy ($10) charges when you get those services during the process. We’ll provide all the guidance for that when it’s time. All of that equals $467, TOTAL.
There’s a reason EZ Name Change is the only 5-Star Name Change Service. A lot of reasons, actually.
DIY Cost to Change Name in Georgia
You will pay all the same costs for the Legal Name Change process if you do everything yourself. Doing it all yourself will save the EZ FULL SERVICE fee ($190), so your costs would typically be about $286.