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How long does it take to legally change your name in Indiana? Can I start using my new name once I have filed the papers?

Indianapolis, IN |

I am starting a new job and want to change my name legally? If I file the papers with the court and there is no forseeable reason the name change would not be granted, can I use the new name on job-related documents?

Attorney Answers 2


  1. You cannot begin using your new name once you have filed the papers. There are several steps that must be completed to complete a name change and it will take a minimum of 60 days to legally change your name.


  2. You cannot legally use the name until the judge grants the name change petition. After you file the case, publication must be made in the newspaper and a hearing in court is held, so generally, it takes about 3-4 months.

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