Helping 20 Million Americans a Year for 20 Years. FREE!
Find the Right Lawyer for Your Legal Issue!

Find the Right Lawyer for Your Legal Issue!

Fast, Free, and Confidential

Call us today for a free consultation (855) 466-5776

West Virginia Name Change

UPDATED: September 24, 2010

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right legal decisions.

We strive to help you make confident law decisions. Finding trusted and reliable legal advice should be easy. This doesn't influence our content. Our opinions are our own.

A name change in West Virginia may seem like a complicated task, but you can handle it on your own with a bit of guidance. The first step in West Virginia is to publish a notice in your local newspaper that states your intent to file for a name change and the date and time at which you're going to file. Then, it is mostly a matter of completing and filing the proper forms and paying the fee. The following information will help get you started:

What forms are required for a West Virginia name change?

The State of West Virginia 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 West Virginia Code for more details: West Viriginia Code §48-25-101 - 105

Where do I file the forms for a name change in West Virginia?

The completed forms must be filed with the circuit or family 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 name change in West Virginia?

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?

Yes. Before you file your petition, you must publish a notice in your local newspaper that states your intent to file for a name change and the date and time at which you're going to file.

Join millions of Americans in starting your divorce online. Save thousands by avoiding the cost of an attorney.