Can I legally change my name to my nickname?

Can I legally change my name to my nickname?

If you do want to “step into” your nickname, and take for your name for every legal purpose, then you just need to apply for and obtain a court order. That becomes your Name Change Document and then you can have your SSA, DMV, Passport, etc., all switched over to the name you chose.

Can you get a court order to change your name?

And most states allow you to obtain a court-ordered name change if you don’t like your current name. Each state has its own laws and restrictions but the general process of legally changing your name is pretty straightforward. 1. Marriage Name Change

When to file for a legal name change?

A legal name change for reasons other than marriage or divorce is a court-ordered name change and is usually because of personal preference or gender change. It’s a common misconception but not all states require you to file your name change in court if it falls under the state’s usage method.

Where do I go to change my name?

Besides appearing to file your documents/forms, name change actions often require other appearances within court. This process varies not only from state to state but sometimes from county to county or courthouse to courthouse.

Is it against the law to change your first name?

As with your surname, there is nothing in the law stopping you from changing your first name at any time, so long as you don’t have any fraudulent (or other criminal) intent. You can assume any name or combination of names you please in addition to, or substitution for, your existing name.

How can I legally change my first name?

Find out what fees your state charges for filing the petition. 2. Complete the petition. Fill out the petition form. These forms typically ask for your current name, address, date of birth, your proposed new name, and your grounds for requesting the change.

Do you need a court order to change your name?

No. Our name change forms are not to be used when the name change is a result of marriage. You do not need a court order to change your name after you have been married.

How do I Change my Name on my birth certificate?

Although the steps vary by state, almost every state requires you to file a petition with the county court where you live, seeking the court’s permission for your proposed change. Once you’ve obtained a court order authorizing your name change, you can use it to update your name on your birth certificate and other forms of identification.

Where can I find information on name change?

For state specific information pertaining to the name change process in your state, please go to our main Name Change Law Center web site at: and click on your state’s link.