Legal (Court-Order) Name Change is a process that allows almost all residents, adults or minors, to get your name changed. The California Court Order is valid for all uses and purposes. It takes a little time and some money, it’s not free or simple. However, the California Superior Court Decree Changing Name is good for changes to Government ID, and Financial Records. You can immediately change Social Security, DMV, School Registration, Passport, birth certificates (if you want), bank and job records, and anything else of importance.
This process is semi-complicated. You can have low-cost professional help from specially credentialed people. Or, you can do it all yourself by trial and error. Attorneys aren’t required.
There are several steps: Prepare a Petition (all the required court forms for the correct court); File the Petition for Change of Name; Arranging qualified, newspaper publication of your Hearing information and provide Proof of Publication to the court; Attend your hearing and get your Certified Decree Changing Name, upon approval. The last step is to use your Certified Copy(s) to change your ID and Official Records.
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