How long will it take to process the application for a name change? Actions to alter one's name might take anything from a day to six (6) months (sometimes even longer). The time it takes for such action to be ordered or determined varies not just by county, but also from courthouse to courthouse. Some counties may have more than one court responsible for hearing name change cases; others may have only one.
The time it takes for your name change to be reflected on government documents depends on the agency involved. Some agencies require that you file new paperwork with your updated information while others may use automated systems that recognize your name has changed. It is important to check with these agencies to make sure they are aware of your name change before you proceed with the process.
What happens if I change my mind? You can apply again for a new license or identification card with the correct spelling of your name. Some agencies may not allow you to re-apply under the old name; please verify this with those agencies before you submit your application.
How do I remove a name from my ID/license? If your name has been removed from one of these items, contact the agency that issued you the license or ID and ask them to delete your record of name change. Agencies must remove name changes when they learn the person does not want them to use the altered name.
Obtaining a court order after filing a Petition for Change of Name might take up to three months. You begin by submitting your petition. Then you will be given a court date that is between 6 and 12 weeks away. On the day of your hearing, the judge will either grant or deny your request. If granted, then your new name becomes effective immediately.
You can file one change of name petition if you want to change your name to another person's last name or if you want to combine your own name with that of another person (such as John Doe Jr. becoming John Doe III).
Filing fees are $60 for individuals and $120 for corporations. These funds must be sent to the county clerk's office with your petition.
Your new name may not be used until it has been officially changed by a court order. For example, if you choose the name "John Doe IV" then the previous owner of this name would be able to file a lawsuit against you.
Generally, it takes about six months to change your name. This time period includes waiting for the court order and filing the necessary documents with the court. After the name change, it can take some time for all legal documents to be updated with the new name and for any problems that may have arisen because of the name change to be resolved.
It's time to finish it. Changing your name will take at least 8 weeks. During this time, we are required by law to withhold tax from your wages. When the period of eight weeks expires, you can file an "Emancipation From Name Change" form with the county clerk's office where you live. This form must be filed before we can send out new identification documents with your new name.
The length of time it takes to change your name depends on the number of characters in it. If it's a single word, like "McDonald", it can be done in less than an hour. But if it's a full name like "Michael McDonald", it takes longer. You should allow enough time for the process without rushing it because there could be waiting lists or other delays.
People use names as labels. They often feel confined by them and want something else instead. A new name is like a fresh start with all its potential. It is an opportunity to create yourself anew and give yourself a label that fits who you are today.
Changing your name doesn't mean that you hate the old one. On the contrary, it means that you value yourself enough to want to tell others about you.