If you are an adult and wish to legally change your name these are the steps you will need to take. The only exception to this list is if you wish to restore your previous name during a divorce action.
Before You File
Decide what your new name will be and what the reason for the change is.
Go to any authorized fingerprinting facility to have your FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety background check run. You will need to get the fingerprint card as well as the results to provide to the court.
In your petition for name change, you will include your current name and identifying information along with the name you wish to change to, why you want the change and any criminal history you may have on both a state and federal level. Attach your fingerprint card with the petition and file with the court.
Your order should have your identifying information, whether you have an FBI or SID number and if so what they are, whether any offense has been charged against you above the grade of a class C misdemeanor and if so the offense, case number and court, whether you have been convicted of a felony and whether he requirements of section 45.103(b) of the Texas Family Code have been met, thus allowing a change of name, if you are subject to the registration requirements of chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and if the requirements of 45.103(b) have been met, that the change of name is in the interest of you the Petitioner, and that your requested name change to (insert name) is granted.
Contact the court to schedule your trial date. Appear with your order granting your name change, your driver's license, social security card, birth certificate and finger print card. Some courts do not require all of these documents, some do, so exercise caution and bring them all. Once the order is granted, get a certified copy of the order and take that order to all of the offices you will need to change your name at. It is usually easiest to start at Social Security then go to DPS, your birth certificate and passport, etc.
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