Ohio Name Change
UPDATED: September 24, 2010
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What forms are required for an Ohio name change?
The following forms are required to change your name in Ohio:
- Application for Change of Name of Adult (Form 21.0)
- Judgment Entry-Change of Name of Adult (Form 21.1)
- Notice of Hearing on Change of Name (Form 21.5)
These forms can be found on the Ohio Probate Courts website.
Where do I file the forms for a name change in Ohio?
The completed forms must be filed with the probate court clerk of the county where you currently live.
Do I need to notarize the forms?
Is there a filing fee in Ohio for a name change?
Yes. There should be a filing fee. Check with your local probate court for more details. The court will waive the fee if you can make a sufficient showing of financial hardship.
Do I need to schedule a court hearing?
Yes. The clerk will give you a date for your court hearing when you file your Application.
Do I need to publish something in a local newspaper?
Yes. You must publish notice of your hearing in a local newspaper. Check with your local probate court clerk to determine which paper and when it should be published.