There are several threshold requirements that must be met in order for you to be eligible to change your name. You cannot have ever been convicted of felony in Colorado or any other federal or state court. You will have to submit a fingerprint based criminal history record check in order to verify your criminal history (or lack thereof). If there are mistakes on your criminal history you may obtain a lawyer to help provide the appropriate proof of the mistake. Finally, you have to be over 18 years of age and a resident of the county in which you file the name change.
Starting the Process
You need to conduct a fingerprint based criminal history check within the 90 days prior to filing your petition to change your name. Contact your local law enforcement office to get fingerprint cards and the actual fingerprints completed. Be sure to indicate on that card that you are completing the fingerprints for a "Legal Name Change." The FBI takes longer to process your fingerprints. As such, consider mailing your fingerprint card to the FBI first and then waiting to 7-9 weeks to mail your fingerprint card to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. This is done to ensure that both criminal history checks (FBI and CBI) are completed within 90 days of the petition's filing.
What Exactly Am I Mailing?
Along with your fingerprint card the FBI also requires an applicant information form to be mailed to them also. Mail the FBI the fingerprint card and the applicant information form to: Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, Attn: SCU, Mod. D-2, 1000 Hollow Custer Road, Clarksburg, WV 26306. For the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, mail or hand-deliver your completed CBI fingerprint card to the CBI at 690 Kipling, Denver, Colorado 80215 along with a money order. Of course, when mailing either of your fingerprint cards do NOT fold them.
Complicated enough yet? Now you have the complicated legal task of completing the appropriate documents, filing with the court, preparing for the hearing and publishing your proposed name change. All of this must happen before you can finally receive your signed copy of the Decree for Name Change from the court. Obviously this is no simple task. Contact an experience attorney in order to help ensure that this lengthy process is minimized.
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