Texas Name Change
UPDATED: February 20, 2013
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What forms are required for a Texas name change?
The State of Texas does not have a specific name change form. You must write your own petition to change the name, use a form prepared by a commercial service, or have an attorney write one for you. Click on the following link and search the Texas Family Code for more details: Texas Family Code Chapter 45, Section 101-104
Where do I file the forms for a name change in Texas?
The completed forms must be filed with the district court clerk of the county where you currently live.
Do I need to notarize the forms?
Yes. However, the clerk of the court may notarize your petition for free when you bring it to court.
Is there a filing fee for a Texas name change?
Yes. Check with the clerk of the court to determine the cost. A fee waiver may generally be obtained with a showing of sufficient hardship.
Do I need to schedule a court hearing?
Check with your local circuit court to determine whether a hearing is required.
Do I need to publish something in a local newspaper?
Check with your local circuit court to determine whether you need to publish a notice of your petition to change your name or your hearing in a local paper.
Is there anything else needed for a name change in Texas?
You must submit a legible set of fingerprints with your petition that will be acceptable to the Department of Public Safety and the FBI.