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How do I Change My Name?


What do I have to do to change my name?

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Three generally accepted means of changing a name exist. The specifics of each way vary somewhat from state to state. Believe it or not, in most states, the only requirement for changing your name is to identify yourself with the name. If you seriously intend to make a name yours, you just have to start using it. This does not mean, however, that you can forego the documentation requirements of businesses, organizations, and government offices. Since many of these organizations would like proof of your identity, many people find it helpful to get a name change confirmation from their district court. All that is required is to fill out a form with your new name and submit a small filing fee. The court will validate the document so you have proof of your identity.

In a few states, legal name changes must be reviewed and approved by a judge. A judge will make sure the name is not offensive, and it does not interfere with another individualís personal rights. Also, a name change cannot be used to avoid debt or for any other fraudulent purpose. Most name changes going through court will require you to appear before a judge. The judge will ask you your intentions for the name change and what prompted it. He may also ask a few other questions to ascertain if any detriment to the public or another individual will be caused by the name change.

The third way to change your name is through a legal marriage. A marriage certificate is enough documentation to change your last name to that of your spouse.


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