How to Change a Name in Bexar County, Texas

By Jeff Franco J.D./M.A./M.B.A.

Residents of Bexar County, Texas, who want to legally change their name for reasons other than a marriage or a divorce, must obtain permission from a civil court judge to do so. State laws, rather than local county laws, dictate whether you are eligible to change your name, but you must initiate your civil suit by filing documents with the Bexar County District Clerk. It’s beneficial to familiarize yourself with the county's specific procedures to avoid unnecessary delays.

Residents of Bexar County, Texas, who want to legally change their name for reasons other than a marriage or a divorce, must obtain permission from a civil court judge to do so. State laws, rather than local county laws, dictate whether you are eligible to change your name, but you must initiate your civil suit by filing documents with the Bexar County District Clerk. It’s beneficial to familiarize yourself with the county's specific procedures to avoid unnecessary delays.

Step 1

Draft “Original Petition for Change of Name” and “Order for Change of Name” documents. The Bexar County District Clerk does not provide standard forms for the petition and order, so it’s your responsibility to draft the original documents. The State Bar of Texas provides examples of the petition and order on its website that you can duplicate for use in drafting the court documents.

Get help changing your legal name. Learn More

Step 2

Verify your petition. You must sign the petition in the presence of a Texas notary and confirm that all statements in the document are true. After witnessing your signature and reviewing your identification, the notary must also sign the document.

Step 3

File the petition and order with the Bexar County District Clerk. You can file these documents at the downtown San Antonio office by mail, fax, e-filing or in person. As of this writing, Bexar County requires the payment of a $232 fee at the time of filing and will accept a money order, cashier’s check, Discover card or cash.

Step 4

Schedule an appointment to appear before a judge for a hearing on your petition for a name change. You can schedule this hearing by appearing in person before the presiding court clerk or by calling 210-335-2000. The court clerk will provide you with the location of the civil court where you must appear and the time of your hearing.

Step 5

Appear before the judge at the scheduled time. The judge will approve an Order for Change of Name if there are no felony convictions on your record, you aren’t required to register as a sex offender and you can convince the judge that your name change is in your and the public’s best interest. Once the judge signs the order, your name is legally changed.

Step 6

Notify the Social Security Administration and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles of the legal name change. Texas law requires that you obtain a new social security card and state driver’s license with your new name soon after the judge signs the order.

Get help changing your legal name. Learn More
How to Change Your Last Name in Texas

References

Related articles

How to Change Your Last Name in the State of Alabama

To apply for a name change in Alabama, you must file a verified petition in your county of residence; the local probate court holds jurisdiction over name changes. Although the procedure is similar throughout the state, counties have varying requirements as to the documents you need to supply.

How to Change a Legal Name in Kansas

You can get a new name in Kansas legally by petitioning the district court in your county. You must be a resident of Kansas for at least sixty days before you're allowed to file a name change petition in the state. Kansas state law allows each district court to decide what hearing notice method is used for name change cases, so depending on where you live, you may have to send notice of the name change hearing by mail or publish a legal notice in a Kansas newspaper.

How to Change a Child's Name in Texas

Texas laws allow you to legally change a child's name by filing a petition in court. Both parents and any other person who has a court-ordered right and interest in the child must grant consent. Children ten years of age or older must also grant written consent to the name change. The petition and all other necessary forms are filed in the Texas District Court of the county in which the child resides.

Doing the right thing has never been easier.

Related articles

How to Legally Change a Name Without Cost

The first step of legally changing your name may be only the tip of the iceberg cost-wise. Rules and procedures vary ...

How to Legally Change a Name in Texas

The state of Texas allows you to change your legal name with a petition, which is then filed in the court of the county ...

How to Change Your Name in Kentucky if You're Not Married or Divorced

Almost any adult who resides in Kentucky and who is not married or divorced can legally change his name. In fact, the ...

Steps to Legally Change Your Name

Applying to change your name is a fairly straightforward process, with rules and procedures set down by state law and ...

Browse by category