Orange County Name Change – Process & Steps
Legal Name Change in Orange County
Getting a legal name change means getting a court order, upon approval. A Certified Copy of your Court Order, properly done, will let you change your California and US ID and Official Records to match. If you legally change your name in Orange County, the Decree you get will be honored everywhere in the US and all over the world. Whether you were born in Orange County, some other state or in a different country, you get your legal name changed in Orange County if you live there now. Legal Name Change is done where you live now, everywhere, regardless of where you were born.
In Orange County, the process is a little complex and there are extra forms that must be done correctly. However, the process in Orange County is solid. If you do everything correctly, or have someone help you that knows how, you’ll get a Decree Changing Name honored everywhere. And, you’ll get it in a time frame and at a cost that you’re expecting if you’ve done your homework. It’s reliable and a trusted process, and that’s a good thing.
How To Change Your Name in Orange County
Changing your name, legally, is both a legal process and then a project to get your ID and Official Records right. You can do all those things in Orange County. You just need to know the different parts and what to do first. You can do it all yourself, but be sure to have enough time, money and patience to see it through. Learn the legal process, get your court order, and then start fixing your ID and Records. Each of those parts have a beginning, middle and good ending place if you want it to turn out well.
Orange County Name Change Process
Everywhere in California, including in Orange County, to get a legal name change you have to complete all the required court forms, file everything in the correct courthouse, and publish in a qualified and cost-effective publication. If everything is done right, and if there are no objections, a Superior Court judge can sign a Decree Changing Name for you, upon approval. A certified copy of that court order is the name change document you need as proof to change ID and Official Records.
Step 1 – Petition For Name Change in Orange County
To Petition for Change of Name in Orange County, means to fill out and file a collection of court forms. All of those court forms are referred to as a “Petition”, even though 1 of them is actually called a Petition. The others have different names and form numbers. But, you can’t just complete and turn in the one called Petition. You have to have all the required forms and turn them all in at the same time.
There are 5 different forms you must use to file a Petition for Change of Name anywhere in Orange County (not counting instruction forms).That might mean as many as 15 documents, or more.
The other 5 used in Orange County are also used everywhere else in California too:
- CM-010 (Civil Case Cover Sheet)
- NC-100 (Petition)
- NC-110 (Attachment)
- NC-120 (Order to Show Cause)
- NC-130 (Decree)
Step 2 – Orange County Superior Court Name Change Filing
Orange County Superior Courthouses
Every Orange County Superior Court charges the same for Name Change filing: $435. The Filing Fee is due and payable in full when you file. If you can’t afford the Filing Fee and still pay for your regular monthly living expenses, you can complete a set of Fee Waiver Request (FW-001) and Order (FW-003) forms. Either the Filing Fee must be paid, or the Completed Fee Waiver Request forms must be filed, at the same time as you file the Petition. If you use a Fee Waiver Request, the court will decide to approve that or not and, if denied, you have to satisfy the court’s payment requirements or they won’t complete your Petition.
You may get a court date (Hearing Date), time and place when you file. Or, the court may provide the Hearing Date within the following 1 to 3 weeks or so. Each Courthouse has their own process, based on staff and judge decisions.
Step 3 – Publish Name Change In Newspaper in Orange County
Part of the California Name Change laws specify you must publish certain information to comply with the process. In Orange County, there are 10 or more such publications. You need to select one to write into section 3a of the NC-120 Order To Show Cause Form before you file it with the rest of your Petition. A judicial officer has to approve your publication and have the Hearing information written in before your ads can run.
Name Change Publishing costs in Orange County run between $90 and $500. Some publishers are more reliable than others. They are all private company newspapers, and are free to charge whatever they decide to charge. The costs for publishing aren’t waivable, even if you have an approved Fee Waiver Request from the Court.
Step 4 – Get Your Orange County Court Order, upon Approval
Certified Copy Of Name Change Orange County
Change Your California ID and Official Records
Before you go to get your State ID or Driver’s License in your New Legal Name, make sure your Social Security Account already reflects your New Legal Name. That’s because the DMV is going to check your computer records at SSA before allowing you to get your DMV ID Name Changed. So, do Social Security first if you need to fix your name there. Then get your California ID.
DMV has other requirements you’ll need to meet and you can find them on the DMV website. Make sure you look up and gather all the documents you’ll need to get the California ID you’re after. Real ID has very different requirements than other types. You can waste A LOT of time by bringing in the wrong items, so spend a little time online or on the phone to get a clear list of what you need before going down there. Tip: Get as much done online on their website as possible, before you go to one of the DMV offices near you.
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Making updates to your DMV ID and Official Records is one of the most important things to do after a legal name change is complete. But, if you don’t have your Social Security account information updated properly first, you’re going to waste some time trying to get your DMV documents changed over. You can get some things done online with the DMV before going in. But, to get Name Change completed at DMV, you will need to visit one of their offices.
EZ Name Change Full Service provides customers with top-rated name change services, including a CHECKLIST for how to use your Certified Copy(s) so all your ID will match your NEW Legal Name. Tips include getting Social Security done first and checking the DMV website for starting your Application and gathering the right documentation. The hard part is taking a minute to review what’s required and the order to get things done.
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Marriage & Divorce
Marriage Certificates and Divorce Decrees are 2 types of documents that can be proper name change documents. However, it depends on where they were obtained and the process used to establish the person’s name and identity. Before 9/11, there was a lot more leniency by the government ID offices, allowing Official Records to reflect a change of name due to marital status change from marriage or divorce. Now, they have to be in proper form to work.
To be honored by SSA, DMV and other essential agencies, the marriage certificate or divorce judgment must show the person’s Current Legal Name along with the person’s NEW or Restored Legal Name, signed by a judge or other authorized government official, and must have been subject to a process where the person’s identity was established. The document must also be Certified and show the Seal reflecting the authority of the judge or official signing.
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Name and Gender Change Orange County
There are two kinds of Legal Name Change Petitions available for transgender and gender identity situations. If you’re transgender, or don’t identify with the gender assigned at birth, you have some options. In 2018, the California Name Change Laws were amended. Some Petitioners and some courts have struggled to process name, and name and gender change petitions completed under the new laws, but we have been working very successfully with every Orange County Court on both kinds for many years now. It can be life changing. Learn more here.
The 2018 added Civil Code Section is CCP 1277.5. In that section, and in the judicial council approved court forms that followed, California transgender Petitioners can now choose between a Name Change to Conform to the Petitioner’s Gender Identity (name change only), or a Petition for Change of Name, Recognition of Change of Gender, and Issuance of New Birth Certificate (name and gender change). California also established “nonbinary” as a new official gender designation, in addition to male or female.