How to change your minor child's legal name in New York City.
Gather required documentation1) Certified Birth Certificates: If your child is born in the USA, these can usually be found at the department of health in Manhattan;
2) Children's photo/picture ID: A school ID, non-driver's ID card, passport will do;
3) IDs of all parents. If one parent is deceased, a death certificate. If unavailable, an affidavit stating the same.
4) Utility bills
Prepare papersPrepare forms for your local civil court (one located in each county).
The forms should include your child's petition, petition for each available parent, a proposed order, and consent to change of name from each available parent.
These can be available on your local court's website: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/courthelp/diy/nyccivil_civil.html
Go to the CourtHead to the local civil court in the county where the child resides. Prepare a money order or bring cash for the fee(these constantly change, so call the Court before coming in)
Head to the "Cleark's office" and purchase an "index number for the name change".
This number will go on top of each form you file with the Court
Take the set of papers to the appropriate room for approval.
Once approved, you will be sent to a Judge for signature.
Meet publication and other requirementsIf everything is proper, the Judge will sign the proposed order, which will include directions for publication. Obtain a list of newspapers from the Clerk of the Court, and contact them for publication. The newspapers will be able to guide you through their own procedure.
The Judge may also order additional requirements, such as mailing the order to a governmental agency. If such is directed, your should comply.
Fees for publication will vary from newspaper to newspaper.
File proof of compliance with the orderAfter publication is complete, the newspapers will send you an affidavit of publication which you should promptly return to the Court for filing.
If the Judge prescribed other directions, such as mailing the order via certified mail to some governmental agency, bring proof of mailing for filing with the Court as well.