I have been living and working in California for 7 months. I have an out of state driver's license, car registration, and stay at my girlfriend's house (no lease). The only proof of me living here is my job (W2 and pay stubs). I want to start a business. I have a criminal record including 4 misdemeanors and mugshots on google images. I am worried that this will have a negative effect on my business clients. I wish to legally change my last name in California. Before I do this, do I need to switch over to California driver's license and car registration? If so, how long do i need to wait after doing this before I can legally change my name? Additionally, do you think i will be granted a name change based on the reasons i stated above? Thank you.
It seems doubtful, as your intent is to deceive those who might check up on you. Maybe you need to just do the right thing. Over and over.
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No, you will not likely be successful in your name change petition if you have an extensive criminal record. In the Los Angeles Superior Court, you are required to declare your criminal history status and will need to submit a Name Change Criminal History Assessment (Form LACIV226). See California Code of Civil Procedure section 1279.5 which deals with this issue.
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No, I do not believe you will be successful either.
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