Many adults choose to change their last name, often after a divorce or for professional reasons. Whatever your reason for changing your last name, EZ Name Change and our full service EZname changing service can help you to quickly change your last name!

Whether you want to change your name because of a divorce or in order to better promote your brand or to increase your professional identity, we are here to help walk you through every step of how to change your last name.

There are 4 steps you’ll need to follow in order to legally change your last name in California:

  1. Select your new last name and name spelling,
  2. Prepare and submit a petition and the associated legal forms for your name change to the Superior Court of California,
  3. 3. Publish in your local newspaper the legally required notices of your name change (which must run for 4 consecutive weeks),
  4. 4. Attend court hearing and receive your name change decree!

Who can change their last name in California?

In California, any adult may petition the court to change their last name. Additionally, a parent may petition the court to change the last name of their minor child – although the parent will be required to give notice to the other parent, if possible and if notice can be reasonably given. Although most names will be acceptable to the Court, the judge hearing your name change petition does have the authority to reject your name change. At EZ Name Change, we can also give you information about whether your last name choice is like other’s we’ve helped with or not.

How long will it take to complete the steps above and get my last name legally changed? Can I skip any of the steps to change my name quicker?

You cannot skip any of the steps, as they are required by California State law (see CCP §1275-1279.6). The length of time it will take to complete the steps required to change your last name will depend on many factors. There are as many as 10 court forms that you will have to complete and submit to the Clerk of the Court, which can take considerable time to complete in full. Then you have to schedule time in your life to go to the court – take time off work, try to go over your lunch hour, etc. You’ll need to block off time to go to your local newspaper office and to request them to print any legally required advertisements of your intended name change. Then you’ll need to wait for the paper to publish your notices. You’ll need to allow time for the court to review your petition and associated forms, and then you’ll need to take time to attend a hearing where you will find out if your name change has been approved. It can be a somewhat quick process, or it can be drawn out. If you forget or neglect to fill out a form, you may find yourself having to start over again. This is why we’re proud to offer our Full Service name change services to California residents. You can read real, honest reviews about our services from our happy customers here.

What’s the difference between changing my name myself and using EZ Name Change’s full service name change service?

Simply: a lot of time. Our full service can also save you money because we know exactly what needs to be done and what doesn’t, ensuring that you don’t spend any money you don’t have to. Our payment structure also allows you to pay for our Full-Service name change service as quickly as is comfortable for you, meaning that you can move forward with your new name and new life as soon as you like, or as finances allow you. Contact us today to learn more about all of our name change services and how we can help you to change your last name!