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Is it the same process to reverse my legal name change back to my birth name?

Port Orchard, WA |
Filed under: Birth certificate

Hello,

I changed my name legally in Kitsap County about 6 years ago for personal family reasons. Due to a change in circumstances with my immediate family, I am wanting to reverse the legal name change and resume using the exact name on my birth certificate.

If I am just requesting a reversal do I have to schedule a hearing and go before a judge again or, would this fall under the rules of family and marriage name change?

Thank you.

Attorney Answers 2


  1. If there is no other court proceeding pending, you would follow the same statute and file a petition for name change. A name change can, however, be received in some family law proceedings like a divorce or adoption.

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  2. There is no "reversal" of the first order changing your name. That is, you cannot reopen the case and ask the court to vacate the order changing your name. You can file a new name change petition and ask the court to change your name to any name you want, including the name on your birth certificate.

    In WA, the name change petition is filed with the district court where the person lives. In some circumstances, such as the petitioner wanting to seal the petition, the petition would be filed in superior court.

    Since you already did the petition once, you should know how easy the name change petition is in WA. There usually is no need to hire an attorney for a name change petition. If there are special circumstances, you can hire an attorney to help you.