There are five basic steps to changing your name:
- (1) Fill out your name change forms;
(2) File your completed forms in court and publish notice in a newspaper;
(3) Attend the hearing in court with the proper forms;
(4) Get an Order from the judge granting your name change;
(5) Change your name on your birth certificate and Social Security card.
Can I use these steps to change a minor's name, too?
No. These instructions and forms can only be used to change the name of an adult.
Does it cost money to change my name?
Yes. The Clerk of the Circuit Court will charge you a filing fee to change your name. The newspaper that you use to publish the name change may
also charge a fee. It will cost you $15.00 more to change your name on your birth certificate.
If you cannot afford these costs, you can ask the judge to allow you to go ahead without paying. This is called waiving your court costs. You will
need to file a Petition with the court to do this.
How do I change the name on my birth certificate to my new name?
If you were born in Illinois, you can change the name on your birth certificate by mail with the Illinois Department of Public Health.
First, get a certified copy of the Order for Change of Name (there may be a fee).
Second, get a copy of your old birth certificate. Third, mail the certified Order and your old birth certificate along with a $15.00 fee (payable by
money order) to:
- Illinois Department of Public Health
605 West Jefferson
Springfield, IL 62702-5097
If you were born in a state other than Illinois, you should contact the office that keeps birth records in that state to find out how to change the
name on your birth certificate.
How do I change the name attached to my Social Security number?
To change the name attached to your Social Security number, you must go to the nearest Social Security office and fill out the application they will
give you. You must bring a piece of identification, such as your old Social Security card or your old birth certificate, and a certified copy of your
Order for Change of Name with you.
How do I change back to my maiden name after a divorce?
law, you can return to your maiden name after a divorce if:
- (1) You requested your maiden name in your divorce petition; and
(2) This was granted to you in your divorce judgment.
To get a certified copy, contact the Circuit Clerk of the courthouse where your divorce judgment is filed. There is usually a charge for getting a
Can I change my name if I have been convicted of a crime?
If you have been convicted in Illinois or any other State of any of the following crimes, you cannot file a name change in Illinois (unless 10 years
have passed since the end of your sentence or you have been pardoned):
- (1) Any felony
(2) Misdemeanor criminal sexual abuse when the victim at the time of the act was under 18
(3) Misdemeanor sexual exploitation of a child
(4) Misdemeanor indecent solicitation of a child
(5) Misdemeanor indecent solicitation of an adult
(6) Identify Theft or Aggravated Identity Theft
Can I change my name if I have to register as a sex offender?
No. If you are required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration Act, you may not change your name until you no longer
have to register.
Do I have to be an Illinois resident to change my name?
Yes. You must be a resident and have resided in Illinois for 6 months.
Can I change my name to whatever I want?
No, not necessarily. While most name change petitions are granted, the court can deny your request if they have a reason.
Do I need a reason to change my name?
While the law does not specifically require a reason for you to change your name, the court can deny your request if there is a reason. In that case,
you may need a reason to change your name.
Can I change my children's names when I get a divorce?
No. You can only take a maiden or former name back when you divorce. You cannot change your children's names through a divorce action. You
can only change your children's names through a separate lawsuit.
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