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Legal Process for Changing Your Name

In Florida, a petition for name change is the legal process through which an individual can seek to change their name. Whether you want to change your own name or the name of a minor child, the petition for name change is the formal request submitted to the court to obtain the desired name change.

Here are the key aspects of a petition for name change in Florida:
In Florida, an adult who is 18 years of age or older can file a petition for a name change. For a minor child, the petition can be filed by a parent or legal guardian on their behalf as well as submitted by mutual agreement of both parents/legal guardians.

The petitioner must complete and file a Petition for Change of Name form with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where they reside. The form typically requires the petitioner’s personal information, current name, desired new name, and the reason for the name change. Additionally, supporting documentation, such as a certified copy of the petitioner’s birth certificate, and/or final judgment of divorce must be included with the petition.

In Florida, a background check is typically required for adult name changes. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) conducts the background check, and the results are provided to the court.

After the background check is completed, and if no objections are raised, the court will schedule a hearing. During the hearing, the judge will review the petition and any supporting documents. If the judge is satisfied with the request, they will issue a final judgment approving the name change.

Once the final judgment is obtained, the Petitioner now has permission to proceed with updating their identification documents, such as their driver’s license, social security card, and passport, to reflect the new name. It’s important to notify relevant institutions and agencies, such as banks, employers, schools, and healthcare providers, about the name change as well.

"We can make the process of changing your name as seamless as possible."
Fernanda Pedroso, Esq.
Fernanda Pedroso, Esq.
Family Law Attorney

Our office can assist in the legal aspect of a name change which includes preparing and filing the petition and appearing at a final hearing to obtain the Final Judgment.