There are several reasons a person may want to change their name. It could be due to a marriage, divorce, personal reasons, or for any other reason. The legal issues surrounding name changes depend on where a person lives as every state has varying laws regarding it. It can be a complex process, but name changes are not impossible.
The first thing you will require is all your legal paperwork. You will require documents like your birth certificate, driver's license, Social Security card, and other relevant documentation, like a marriage certificate. These documents will need to be submitted to the Social Security Administration. This is done so that you can attain a new Social Security card. Upon receiving a new Social Security card, you will be able to proceed with replacing all your other identification. It is essential to go through the process of updating all pertaining ID documents. This includes driver's licenses, passports, car registration, and bank documents to name a few.
In some cases changing your name change could require legal assistance. This is because many states will require the completion of an application to change your legal name. It could also be required in cases if you are an immigrant, ex-convict, or in another related situation. If you do not have a lawyer, you can use a service like LegalZoom to assist you with this.
Gaining Legal Permission
Once you have completed your application or petition to change your name, and have had it notarized, file it with your local authorities. In many states, this is the local civil court. It may be required that you make a court appearance to state your reasons to have a name change. If your request is approved, you will obtain a granted court order request for the name change. If your name change request is denied by a judge, you will have no choice but to try again. In the event of a denied request, it can be advantageous to attain legal assistance to have more success with the pursuit.
Once your name change has been legally approved, update all your info with the Social Security Administration. This is when you will be able to attain all your new identification documents.
The laws regarding name changes vary from state to state. It is a complex process of any person to undergo. In circumstances other than marriage or divorce, the process will be more extensive. It will also be more challenging if you are an attorney, ex-convict, or immigrant. You will have to complete required measures with the Criminal Justice System or Immigration services. In some cases, it is required that a name change is publicly announced in a newspaper or public bulletin board. This is to notify the public of the change and object to it for a valid reason.
Despite there being several legitimate reasons to desire a name change, it is a process that is highly regulated to prevent misconduct. In some cases, a person's reasons to have a name change may be deemed illegitimate and denied.