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Name Change
Requirements
A name change may not be sought for any fraudulent purpose or if it will infringe upon the rights of another. You must file the name change in the Circuit Court of the county or city in which you live.

Petitioners who desire to change the name of their child or ward must obtain consent of both parents to change a child’s name. Make sure you select the Name Change Petition for a minor.

Instructions for Name Change Procedure - Adult** 

  1. Fill out the Petition in front of notary.
  2. If you have you previously changed your name either by a prior application or by marriage, you must provide a court order or other documentation that indicate previous names.
  3. Filing Fee of $44 must be cash, check, money order or check payable to: J. Barrett Chappell, Jr; Clerk at the time of filing.
  4. Filings may be submitted in person or by mail.
  5. Normal processing times will vary between two and four weeks. Once the judge signs the order, we will mail a certified copy of the order to you.
  6. This order will enable you to make any necessary changes. (i.e. DMV, Bank Accounts, Etc.)
  7. If you would like to receive a new Birth Certificate, mail this Application for Certification of a Vital Records.
** No application of a probationer, incarcerated person, or person for whom registration with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry is required shall be accepted unless the Court finds good cause exists for such application under the reasons alleged in the application for the requested change of name. Attach explanatory documentation to the application.

Instructions for Name Change Procedure - Minor
  1. Fill out the Petition.
  2. Both parents must sign the application in front of a notary.
  3. Filing Fee of $44 must be cash, check, money order or check payable to: J. Barrett Chappell, Jr; Clerk at the time of filing.
  4. Filings may be submitted in person or by mail.
  5. Normal processing times will vary between two and four weeks. Once the judge signs the order, we will mail a certified copy of the order to you.
  6. This order will enable you to make any necessary changes. (i.e. DMV, Bank Accounts, Etc.)
  7. If you would like to receive a new Birth Certificate, mail this Application for Certification of a Vital Records.

Printing Instructions
When using the following PDF forms, please print using the print button in the PDF page itself and not the print button in the window above page. Using the print button in PDF itself clears out the gray fields for easier use by the judge and clerks.

Legal Advice

If you decide to proceed on your own, you will be expected to follow the same procedures as an attorney. Court personnel are prohibited by state law from giving legal advice or assistance.




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