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Name Change Petitions

In order to obtain a court order to change the name of an adult or minor child, a petition must be filed in the superior court of the county where the person whose name is to be changed presently resides. After the hearing, the court order may be used to change the birth certificate, passport, social security card, driver’s license, and other documents.


When a Petition for Change of Name is filed, a court hearing is set. Before the hearing, a notice must be published in a court-approved newspaper for four (4) weeks in a row, one day per week. If the name change is for a minor child, generally the other parent must be noticed so that he or she has a chance to come to court if he or she does not agree. If both parents agree, they both may sign the petition to change their child’s name.


A petitioner seeking a confidential name change under the Safe at Home Program must be a participant in the Secretary of State’s confidential address program, Safe at Home, under Government Code section 6205 et seq. A Safe at Home ID card, a Safe at Home letter of verification, and the additional Safe at Home Judicial Council forms must also be presented at the time of filing.


Forms Available

Form Name (Number) Judicial Council Form Number LA Superior Local Form Number
Civil Case Cover Sheet CM-010
Civil Case Cover Sheet Addendum and Statement of Location LACIV-109
Petition for Change of Name NC-100
Attachment to Petition for Change of Name NC-110
Order to Show Cause for Change of Name NC-120
Decree Changing Name NC-130
Supplement Attachment to Petition for Change of Name (Declaration of Guardian) NC-110G
Proof of Service of Order to Show Cause NC-121
Name Change Criminal History Assessment LACIV-226
Confidential Cover Sheet-Name Change Proceeding Under Address Confidentiality Program (Safe at Home) NC-400
Application to File Documents Under Seal in Name Change Proceeding Under Address Confidentiality Program (Safe at Home) NC-410
Declaration in Support of Application to File Document Under Seal in Name Change Proceeding Under Address Confidentiality Program (Safe at Home) NC-420


State Judicial Council Approved Forms are found here.

Locally Approved Forms are found here.

The Courthouse Locations and Instruction Sheet is here.

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