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How to change names legally, Texas

If your name change is not from marriage or divorce, then a court order is the only legal way to change your name. A private company cannot issue a legal name change order, although they may help you prepare the court documents for a fee. If you have a reasonable understanding of the court process you could manage your own application.

We don’t include the name change petition for Texas in any of our kits because each county has their forms. You are generally required to file 2 forms; A petition for Change of Name of an Adult, followed by the Order Granting Change of Name for an Adult. Call your local court to get the latest forms sent to you, usually at no cost.

Once your name change has been granted by the court use our notification kit to save countless hours on hold and chasing infomation. We provide ready to send name change forms for all popular companies!

Please see our separate pages if your name change is from marriage or divorce. For all other name changes, you are required to complete 2 forms;

  • Petition for Change of Name of an Adult, which is the document you first file with the court to begin the name change process.
  • Order Granting Change of Name of an Adult, which is what the judge signs at your hearing.

Complete both forms, except for the signatures. Only sign the petition when you are in the presence of a notary. We recommend contacting the county clerk where you reside for the latest forms as these can change between counties and copies found online may be dated.

Some counties do not provide forms and you are requested to draft your own. You may find sample name change petition templates on the Texas Bar website.

All name changes in Texas must be accompanied by a fingerprint check with additional fees payable to third party agencies. The exact process for fingerprinting changes between counties, so check ahead before filing.

You may be required to submit your fingerprint record with your petition, or you may be required to file this separately and wait for results to be returned before filing your petition.

Make 4 copies of your paperwork and file the original signed and notarized with the district clerk in the county where you reside. Filing fees vary by county and they are subject to change without notice, but at the time of writing are between $150 and $300. If you receive government financial assistance or are a low-income earner you may be eligible for a fee waiver, issued by your local court. Fee waivers do not cover fingerprinting or criminal background checks. 

You may be required to submit up to three copies of all documents before filing. Keep one copy for yourself. Ask the clerk to stamp your photocopy and keep it along with the Order Granting Name Change.

After paying the filing fee, the clerk will issue you with a hearing date and further instructions for your documents and fingerprints, if necessary. You should attend your hearing with your copy of your Petition for a Change of name of an Adult and Order Granting Name Change.

Attend the hearing as you will be requested to provide testimony in open court. If your name change is found to be in both personal and public best interest and is not intended to defraud or deceive anyone your name change should be granted. Once successful the judge signs your Order Granting Change of Name of an Adult. After the hearing return to the clerk where your paperwork will be processed and your name change order is issued.

Once your name change order has been issued your name is considered legally changed, but it is your responsibility to arrange all identity and account records to be updated. We recommend purchasing an Easy Name Change kit to help manage the process and save weeks of legwork. 

Simply attach a copy of your court order to the personalized forms, letters and emails and send. Follow our instructions to change names with other companies that don’t allow name changes to be sent in writing. 

Always update your name with Social Security first, and form SS5 should be filed within 10 days. Next, update your Texas driver’s license or non-driver ID card. You can then go onto change names everywhere else. Banks, credit cards, utilities, loyalty clubs, professional bodies. The list is quite extensive!

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Legal Name Change

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