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How Long to Change Your Name in New York?

3 to 12 Weeks

It takes between 3 weeks and 3 months to change your name in New York, depending on your unresolved criminal, financial, and family history (if any). The time it takes can vary from county to county. We outline the three parts of the process, and the amount of time to complete each step.

The 3 Steps – How Long to Change Your Name in New York

To have your Name Change recognized by government agencies, schools, banks and other organizations, you need to present them with a New York Court Order. Here are the three steps to get your Certified Decree Changing Name (Court Order):

  • Prepare a Name Change Petition
  • File Your Petition in Court and get your Order Granting Name Change, upon approval
  • Change Your ID and Official Records

How much time each step takes will depend on how much time you can spend on it. So, how long to change your name in New York depends on you.

1. Prepare a Petition – How Long to Change Your Name in New York

Your Name Change Petition is actually a bunch of Court Forms. There are between 3 and 5 forms. How many you need depends on where you live and what else you need. How simple or complicated your names are DOES NOT MATTER. You can get the blank forms from any County or Supreme Court. It will take the average person at least several hours to figure them out and complete them. For some people, it will take much longer. If you’re doing this yourself, budget extra time for forms no one told you about. If you don’t complete the forms or do them wrong, it can result in your Petition being rejected, delayed or denied.

Most people can’t spend 1-5 hours of uninterrupted time to finish the Petition in one sitting. It can take you days or weeks, even months before you can put in enough time on it to get it finished. If you have us help you with FULL SERVICE, it will take you 5-10 minutes online to give us the information we need. Then, in a few days, you’ll receive a fully completed Petition, marked for your signatures. It also comes with personalized, easy to follow instructions to complete everything.

2. File and Court Order – How Long to Change Your Name in New York

This part of the process will take some of your time. You need to file your Petition in the proper court. If we help you, you will have it done correctly.

When you have your Order Granting Name Change signed by the judge, you can get A Certified Copy from the County Clerk’s Office. You need the Certified Copy to get your most important records changed.

It will take you from 3 weeks to 3 months to get your Court Order

3. Change Your Records – How Long to Change Your Name in New York

No one changes their most important records for you automatically. There are some inexpensive services, but you’ll need to do most of the work. It won’t take long if you follow our CHECKLIST (comes with your Petition Package) You have to get your records changed, one-by-one. All the most important ones (social security, birth certificate, DMV, passport, etc.) will want to see your Certified Copy and some other identification before they will make the change you want. Some may want your fingerprints. MANY of our customers have their Social Security, DMV, School and bank records changed in one day.

Like Step 1, above, the time it takes to get all your records changed will depend on how much concentrated time you can spend doing it. Each of the places you need to change records will have their own specific forms and procedures to learn and follow. With the Certified Copy of Your Decree Changing Name, you can get your Social Security, DMV, School and bank records changed in one or two days after the Hearing. However, it may take you 2-6 months to get all your accounts changed over, if you can’t spend much time on it.

Summary – How Long to Change Your Name in New York

  • Prepare Your Petition – 1-3 hours or more (unless we help. If we help, 7-15 minutes).
  • File and Court Order – 3 weeks to 3 months to File and for the Judge to review, resolve and sign an Order Granting Name Change, upon approval.
  • Change Your Records – 2-3 days (most important ones) 2-6 months for them all.

How Long to Change Your Name in California? – Usually 1-3 months if we help you. That’s all. Changing all the little records will take a little longer. If you don’t start, it will take you forever.

Whenever you may decide to get a Name Change Started, we can have your Petition paperwork done properly in no time flat! EZ Name Change specializes in Preparing Petitions for every one of New York’s County and Supreme Courts. If you want 5-Star Full Service Name Change, we’ve got it:) We’re passionate about helping people like you get the legal name change you want…exactly the way you want. You can do this!

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