First, arrange for your fingerprints to be sent to the FBI and CBI for a criminal check. Once returned, you have 90 days to file your petition. Some courts will hear your petition on the same day it is filed, or else a hearing date will be set. At that time you will be issued an Order for Publication. Publish your intent to change names, unless the court issues you an exemption. Take your proof of publication back to the court where you will be issued with a Final Decree for Change of Name. Order certified copies of your name change order and show it to all the necessary organizations to have your records updated.
Unless you have a special circumstance, all applicants must submit to a criminal background check with the CBI and FBI. You should visit the Sherriff’s office or authorized agency and obtain 2 sets of fingerprints and send one each to the FBI and CBI. Criminal background checks from the FBI take 6 to 13 weeks. CBI is usually much quicker. You should have the results of your criminal background check before filing your name change petition. If you have been convicted of a felony you are not eligible to change names.
Easy Name Change is a notification service. Once you have your name change approved by the court, we provide all the necessary information and ready to send paperwork to get your records updated. We always recommend you first successfully petition the court for a legal name change order. Once you have this, you can simply attach a copy of the order to our notifications and send. Our kits save hours of research, waiting on hold and figuring out what to send where.
The final price varies as not each applicant will incur all the same costs. Total costs may be around $250 to $350. Please note that although these fees were correct at the time of writing, they are subject to change without notice. Always check directly with each agency for current fees.
There are also fees to update some records;
There is no automatic updating of your identification or records once your name change is granted. It is your responsibility to ensure all the relevant agencies and organizations are aware of your name change, which is where Easy Name Change notification kits help. We’ll provide you with form SS5 to send into Social Security, which must always be the first step after your name change is approved. Allow a few days for the SSA to update your records before filing for a name change with the Colorado DMV. No form is necessary, simply visit any DMV in person. Our database makes it easy to navigate all the necessary organizations, and our handy checklist makes sure you haven’t missed any. Our kits provide comprehensive name change procedures for almost 1,000 organizations, plus ready to send paperwork where necessary.
Easy Name Change notification kits are only suitable for adults. If you are looking for information for changing a child’s name please check directly with your county court for the necessary forms and information. There is also some great information for minor name change on the Colorado Court website. If your query relates to parental consent and exemptions please contact your local court.