Can I Change My Last Name in a Different State or County?
Changing Your Name in a Different State
Legally Changing Your Name Is Done Where You Live Now
State Name Change Procedures
Easiest States To Change Your Name
The laws, rules and procedures for legal name change vary quite a lot in every state. Still, every state except Hawaii will provide you with a Court Order that can be used to make changes with your ID and Official Records.
Because of Full Service, by EZ Name Change, California’s process is considered one of the easiest and surest ways to get a name legally changed.
Changing Your Name And Moving To Another State
Minor Name Change In Different State Than Custody
Changing your child’s name can be done in California, even if you have a Custody Order from a different state. File your case in the County Superior Court where your child lives now (see CCP 1276(a) California Name Change Laws), unless your custody order states otherwise. Giving Public Notice and Serving a non-consenting parent (if reasonably possible) will need to be done correctly (CCP 1277(a)(2)(4)). It’s not simple, but it’s important and doable.
Can I Change My Name In A Different County?
You may have been born in another state, but you need to Petition for Name Change in the county where you live now. You can Petition in another California County if you have multiple residences, as some people do. Regardless of which County processes your Name Change Petition, if Granted, the Court Order can be used to change your ID and Official Records in any other state and with the Federal Government too. Learn more about name change in Los Angeles County.
Legally Changing Your Name in California
In California, the legal name change process is accessible. But that doesn’t mean that the process is always easy to understand or follow for those without experience in the legal process. Even licensed lawyers get help from practiced professionals when they want to change their own name. Name Change is a legal process, but very few lawyers do it. That’s why even lawyers use our FULL SERVICE name change services in California. Name Change is paperwork intensive and very detailed.
Will the Legal Name Change Differences Cause You A Problem?
No. Each name change is unique, even if the process isn’t. And, where you live, there’s only one process for your particular kind of legal name change. You just need to learn ALL the rules and follow them all fully and carefully. If you’re going to try and do it yourself, set aside a lot of time and try to be patient.
You can do this. But, this legal name change may be a good place to use an inexpensive expert. The things you have to be sure of, in every state, are that: All the correct forms and documents are properly completed and filed; All the required legal notices have to be done correctly/ And, all the Hearing requirements have to be done properly to get your Name Change court order. Time is money, and this is important.
In many states across the US, legal name changes are informally allowed by Usage of a new name only, over a lot of years and in every aspect of your life. That said, even in those situations, the most important government and financial institutions such as banks, Social Security, DMV, Passport, Schools, etc., will likely require a court order, or Decree Changing Name, in order to issue you ID with your requested name change.
What Does it Cost? Can You Be Turned Down, How Can You Get More Information?
The fees charged by state court systems vary by state and by county. Most places will waive court fees for applicants who can’t afford the court filing costs. Don’t ask to take a name intended to mislead, confuse or harm anyone. Adopting the name of a famous celebrity, or one that’s a racial slur would likely be denied. If you apply for United States naturalization, request legal name change at no additional charge, if you want. New American citizens get to adopt new names for any other reason. The legal adoption process allows legal name change as part of that process too.
Wherever you live in the US and whatever your reason for changing your name, you should spend enough time to learn how it’s done where you live now. Because the process is a little complicated in every state, you should consider having a professional service or lawyer help you get through it cost-effectively. A lawyer’s help will likely be considerably more expensive in every situation. In California, EZ Name Change is to help ensure that your name change process is smooth, quick and reasonably priced. Changing your name doesn’t have to be a frustrating, complicated or expensive process. It can be EZ.
EZ Name Change can answer questions about how to get your Name Change processed. “How do I change my name?”, and “What requirements for name changes does my state have?” “Can I get turned down?” “How much does it cost?” “How long does name change California take?” All good questions. Go ahead. Get the information you need. Because name change is VERY personal…and very important. Yours too, right?