Frequently Asked Questions
How do I legally change my name?
As an adult you may petition the Circuit Court in the county where you live. The court will determine whether good cause exists under the circumstances alleged in the petition. Pursuant to Virginia Code § 8.01-217 the following are required in the application:
How do I legally change the name of my minor child?
Both parents of a minor child must petition the Circuit Court in the county in which the child resides. In the event only one parent petitions the court, they must provide adequate proof to the court that the other parent is not required to sign (i.e. an order of termination of parental rights, a death certificate or an affidavit and order that due diligence was used to locate the other parent without success (Service by Publication). The court will determine whether good cause exists under the circumstances alleged in the petition and whether the name change is in the best interest of the child. Pursuant to Virginia Code § 8.01-217 the following are required in the petition:
In the event that only one parent files the application for name change of a minor, the parent that does not join in the application must be served with notice of the application. If he or she objects, a hearing before the judge must be scheduled. If a name change for a minor is allowed, it DOES NOT terminate any of the legal parental rights of a parent.
What should I do after I get my name changed?
The Clerk's Office will send you one certified copy of the Order changing your name. If you need additional certified copies please complete a Copy Request Form (see fee schedule below). A copy of the Name Change Order will be forwarded to Vital Records by the court. It is your responsibility to contact the Social Security office (Social Security should notify the IRS, however it is recommended to make sure their records are updated); DMV and any other businesses, institutions or people that need to be notified.
|Filing||$41.00 cash or check payable to "Clerk of Circuit Court"; we also accept debit/credit cards (a convenience fee of $2.00 is applied to each debit/credit car card transaction)|
|Copies||$ .50 per page|
|Certification||$2.00 per document|
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