How to Legally Change a Name in Texas

By Tom Streissguth

The state of Texas allows you to change your legal name with a petition, which is then filed in the court of the county where you live. State law sets down the procedures and required forms, while county courts set filing fees and schedule hearings.

The state of Texas allows you to change your legal name with a petition, which is then filed in the court of the county where you live. State law sets down the procedures and required forms, while county courts set filing fees and schedule hearings.

Step 1

Obtain an Original Petition for Change of Name of Adult form and an Order Granting Change of Name of Adult form. These forms are available online; you can download and print them out. You may also obtain these forms from the county clerk’s office.

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Step 2

Complete the Original Petition for Change of Name of Adult. This document must include your full legal name at present, your residence address, the full legal name that you are requesting as the change, your gender, age, race, date of birth, Social Security number, driver’s license number and any reference number assigned to you in a criminal record. Sign the petition in front of a notary.

Step 3

Complete the Order Granting Change of Name of Adult, but do not sign it. This is the form for the judge to complete once your petition has been reviewed and a hearing has taken place.

Step 4

Have your fingerprints taken on a card format acceptable to the Texas Department of Public Safety. You can complete this step at a local sheriff’s office. You must provide a full set of fingerprints along with the Petition for Name Change.

Step 5

File the petition, proposed Order and fingerprint card in your local county or district court. There will be a filing fee, which varies by county. The clerk will assign a case number and schedule a hearing.

Step 6

Attend the scheduled hearing, which in some courts may take place the same day. Bring a copy of your file from the clerk’s office and give it to the hearing or docket clerk. You will have to wait for your case number to be called by the clerk. Answer the judge’s questions. After the judge signs the Order, the clerk will provide you with a copy.

Step 7

File the signed order with the court clerk’s office. The clerk will be able to provide a Certificate of Name Change as well as a certified copy of the Order. Your name change is now legal; you may provide copies of the certified Order to anyone with whom you are doing business and who needs to keep your full legal name on file.

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