Name Change Requirements of California

Name Change Requirements of California
Name Change Requirements of California

The court is usually willing to accept a name change for almost any good reason. However, the issuance of a name change application is decided by the Court. For a name change order/decree/judgment to be issued, the Court must see compliance with the notice requirements and requirements for the allegations in the petition. The court must also find a good and sufficient reason for the change, find the change in the public interest, and if the name change is for a minor, the change is due to minors’ best interests.

You cannot change your name for fraudulent purposes, such as to avoid debt, you cannot change the name which could affect the rights of others, such as a celebrity, you cannot use a cursing word, racial defamation, obscenity and/or an offensive word as part of your name and you cannot change it to a name that may be intentionally misleading (e.g., a name with punctuation and/or a number in it).

IMPORTANT NOTE: For name change actions involving minors, the court generally seeks the written consent of all adults who retain legal rights to the minor. year. Therefore, applicants must notify each of these parties directly (Process Services).

Again, please keep in mind that our name change documentation is designed to cover simple, uncontested name changes ONLY. Our products/services cannot be used if you have been convicted of a felony, declared bankruptcy and/or have a judgment/liens against you. Instead, you should consider contacting an attorney in your area. These circumstances may cause complications, resulting in disapproval of your action and/or dispute.

See also: Steps to Legally Change Your Name

Overview of Process in California for an Adult

The process to change your name in California is relatively simple:

  • Fill out the simple, Adobe .pdf fillable forms included within our product;
  • Print the forms and file them with your local Superior Court;
  • Pay the filing fee;
  • Make arrangements to publish in your local newspaper a notice of your proposed name change;
  • Appear in person before the court if necessary (this step is normally not necessary; however, some cases may involve a hearing).

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a divorced woman in California and want to reinstate your maiden name, you do not need to go through the Court Petition method as outlined here. Please contact the court to get an Application to Restore Old Name After the End of Judgment and further instructions.

Transgendered Name Changes Separate documents for such cases in California. We are not currently providing documents regarding such. Please check with your local court to find out what resources are available to you.

Requirements to File for a Change of Name for an Adult in California

California law requires several things before you can apply for a name change (for adults) and/or during the name change process in California. These requirements include:

  • You must currently reside in California.
  • You must currently live in the County where the name change action will be filed.
  • You must be an adult, 18 years of age or older.
  • You must not be under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections (in state prison or on parole).
  • You must not be required to register as a sex offender under Penal Code section 290.
  • You must not be requesting the name change to avoid creditors.

Overview of Process in California for a Minor

Here are the basic steps involved in changing a child’s name:

  • Fill out the simple, Adobe .pdf fillable forms included within our product;
  • Print the forms and file them with your local Superior Court;
  • Pay the filing fee;
  • Make arrangements to publish in your local newspaper a notice of the proposed name change;
  • Notify interested parties (service of process);
  • Appear in person before the court if necessary (this step is normally not necessary; however, some cases may involve a hearing).

See also: Law in California 2020 Assembly Bill No. 3088 – State Law Protections Against Eviction for Nonpayment of Rent

Name Change Requirements of California
Name Change Requirements of California

Requirements to File for a Change of Name for a Minor in California

California law requires several things before you can file a name change (for minors) application and/or during the name change process in California. These requirements include:

  • The minor currently resides in California.
  • The minor currently lives in the County where the name change action will be filed.
  • The child must be a minor, 17 years of age or younger.
  • The minor must not be under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections (in state prison or on parole).
  • The minor must not be required to register as a sex offender under Penal Code section 290.
  • The minor must not be requesting the name change to avoid creditors.
  • Written consent to the name change must be provided by all adults who retain legal rights over the minor.

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People change their names for many reasons. Lynx Legal Service can correct errors made years ago on birth certificates, driver’s licenses, passports, education records, etc. It is more important than ever to make sure your ID and personal records are consistent with your legal name. For example, just try to get a passport if your driver’s license name is Joe Smith and your birth certificate says Joseph Smith or even your middle name is spelled “wrong”.

But whatever your reason is, Lynx will help you through this challenging process. And we assure you of complete privacy, regardless of the reasons, you wish to change your name. We will complete all the documentation you need to file and walk you through every step of the way. And, as with all Lynx Legal services, there is no need to struggle with understanding confusing forms and rules, or worse, pay an attorney large attorney fees. With Lynx it is simple. Just tell us what you need, and we will make it happen.

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