Application for Change of Name
Generally, under District of Columbia law, people can change their name through marriage, divorce/legal separation, or by filing a name change application in court. Changing a name through any of those processes requires that you do specific things. The process of filing a name change application involves filling out specific forms, appearing before a judge, and it may also involve notifying third-parties. If you do not understand how to fill out the forms and follow court procedures, you should talk to a lawyer (JIC staff cannot provide legal advice).
JIC handles name change applications for adults age 21 and older. Applications for Change of Name of a Minor (a person who is under the age of 21 years) and Applications submitted by those with any open case in the Family Court, will be handled by the Family Court. Applicants under the age of 21 or with an open Family Court case should apply at the Family Court Central Intake Center.
Under District of Columbia law, to apply for a legal name change the person must:
- have lived in the District of Columbia for a least six (6) months before filing the application;
- complete and submit the Application for Change of Name, as well as supporting documentation;
- be at least 18 years old (a parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin may apply on behalf of a minor child); an
- pay the court filing fee (or get a Fee Waiver if you qualify based on your low income)
Detailed instructions are included at the beginning of each application.
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