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New Jersey Name Change

UPDATED: October 11, 2012

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Some legal tasks, such as changing your name, might seem complicated. However, a name change in New Jersey is actually a simple legal task that can usually be completed on your own. The first step is to find the proper forms, then file them with the right court. A fee is required in New Jersey, but it may be waived if you can show that paying would cause you hardship. The information below will help get you started.

What forms are required for a New Jersey name change?

The following forms are required to change your name in New Jersey:

  • Verified Complaint(Form A)
  • Order Fixing Date of Hearing(Form B)
  • Final Judgment(Form C)
  • Proof of Mailing(Form D)
  • Civil Case Information Statement (Form F)

These forms can be found on the New Jersey Judiciary website.

Where do I file the forms for a name change in New Jersey?

The completed forms must be filed with the superior court clerk of the county where you currently live.

Do I need to notarize the forms?

Check with your local courthouse.

Is there a filing fee for a New Jersey name change?

Yes. The fee is $200. A fee waiver may be obtained using the Fee Waiver form with a showing of sufficient hardship.

Do I need to schedule a court hearing?

Yes. The court will return the Order Fixing Date of Hearingto you with a hearing date on it.

Do I need to publish something in a local newspaper?

Yes. You must publish notice of the hearing on your name change in a local newspaper. The judge will specify which newspaper in the Order Fixing Date of Hearing.The notice must be published at least two weeks prior to the hearing. However, notice must only be published once.

Any other requirements?

After the hearing, you will have to publish the final judgment in the paper and submit copies of the certified final judgment to the Department of Treasury and the Registrar of Vital Statistics. You will also need to take a copy of the certified final judgment to the Motor Vehicle Commission, in person.

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