Changing your name can be a smooth process if the correct procedures are followed. While most name changes are due to marriage or divorce, it is possible to legally change your name for other reasons. The benchmark requirement is that the name change must be in the interest or to the benefit of the petitioner and is in the interest of the public.
People who are not eligible for a name change in Texas include:
- Those who were recently convicted of a felony
- Those who recently finished serving prison time or probation for a felony
- People who are required to register as sex offenders
- Debtors requesting a name change for the purpose of evading creditors
The first step in changing your name is preparing a name change petition. Texas law says that, as the petitioner, you must sign the petition in the presence of a notary public and swear that all of the information contained therein is true. The petition will include your current name, date of birth, sex, race, social security number, desired new name, and more.
Your name change petition should be filed in court in the county where you live. The court will set a date and you must appear before a judge in support of your petition. If all legal requirements are met, the judge will issue a written order after the hearing changing your name.
Once you have a new name and a court order to prove it, there are several government agencies you need to notify. Contact the Social Security Administration to obtain a new social security card, and contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a new driver’s license. Also be sure to get new insurance cards and other identifying documents.
If you are interested in changing your name, contact an experienced Bryan-College Station, Texas attorney. We can help determine whether you are eligible for a name change and guide you through the process efficiently. Contact us today at 979-703-7014 or fill out our online contact form.