Guide to Name Change
What is a Name Change?
A legal name change is a procedure that is available to an individual in the event that wish to change or modify the name, which they had been given at birth – this is known as an individual’s ‘birth name’.
What is a Legal Name?
A legal name – or birth name – is the name or title given to an individual upon the moment of their respective birth. Largely, an individual’s legal name – in addition to proof of birth – is expressed on a document called a birth certificate; a birth certificate is an authenticated portrayal of the legal naming of an individual – birth certificates are considered to be one of the primary forms of identification.
• Personal Tax identification
• Social Security Numbers
• Military Identification
• Voter Registration
• Educational and Employment Identification
• Criminal – and additional administrative – Records
Applicable Name Change Forms
The following forms are typically included within the name change procedure. In the event that you are interested in discovering how to change your name, the following forms may be required:
How to Change Your Name
Once you have obtained the necessary forms and documentation with regard to how to change your name, you are encouraged to make copies of all pertinent documentation and forms for your personal records. Furthermore, a name change must be officiated; this means that simply submitting paperwork will not suffice as expressed, legal permission – only upon notification from a jurisdictional, governing body will suffice as authentication for such a request.
Upon the Approval of a Name Change
Upon the approval of a name change, you may be required to take out an advertisement in your local newspaper or circular alerting the public – or those around you – of your recent name change; this can be required in order to prevent name changes under fraudulent pretenses. Subsequent to the approval, you will receive official documentation illustrating the successful, legal name change.