Seriously thinking about changing your name? Or, maybe you already have changed it? Most Americans legally change their names or think about it during their lives. Name Change Reasons are very similar even though people’s lives may be very different.
- For school, single mom’s want to have their child’s last name be the same as their own last name
- Married couples want to have the whole family share the same last names
- Sometimes a person wants to honor someone important in their upbringing
- A person might hate their legal name because of very bad childhood associations
- Some people want to restore a family name important in their heritage
2. Uniformity of ID – REAL ID
- Real ID/Passport – For US and International Air Travel and access to Secure Federal Areas within the US, Name and ID must be uniform and Real ID Compliant.
- When collecting Social Security or a Pension, you must have ID to prove your entitlement
- To get or renew your Driver’s License, you have to prove your Legal Name and have it match your name at Social Security
- When getting a job (and getting paid), you have to prove your Legal Name as the one you use
- If you inherit money or transfer assets, you will be asked to prove you’re the legally intended inheritor and be able to deposit proceeds or change title.
- Name Change can eliminate hard to pronounce or hard to spell names
- People get tired of explaining or fully writing out long or complicated names
- Over time, many people adopt Name variations, which can cause problems in ID and Official Records
- A single parent can have access problems with school or medical services with children’s names
- When buying things, registering for school and other things, traveling, accounting for transactions, and accessing accounts, it’s easier and quicker when all your identification matches
- Entertainers often adopt a stage name and want to make it legal at some point
- Businessmen and women who have been using a name suited to their business life want to legalize the name they’ve become known by
- People going into a career may want a name they think will improve their marketability in that field
- Divorced people want to return to their pre-marriage name or take a completely new name that suits their view of life going forward
- People want to get rid of a name with bad associations or take a name to honor someone important
5. Aspiration, Spiritual, Religious
- Be The One You Want To Be!
- People’s life experiences often lead them to want to be known by a different name than the one they grew up with
- Adults, for themselves or their children, often want to change one or more names to better reflect their beliefs
- Some people take on a name when pursuing a career, a personal goal or faith, then want to make that name legally their own as they go into their future
- People who turn a page in their life often will want a new name to go with their new direction
If you want to change your name in California, you probably have a good reason to legally change names. To read why name change reasons might be disapproved, read Can My Name Change be Denied. Almost all name change Petitions are Granted.
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