How to change your name in Virginia

A name change can be tricky because there are different rules for changing your name if you are a minor compared to changing the name of an adult. These are the general steps, but you will need to check with your local county to make sure that there are no special forms and requirements for your particular county. As with any legal process, you should consult an attorney if you have any questions.

Get a copy of the Virginia application for change of name. You will need to complete the form truthfully and completely.

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Sign the form in front of a notary.

File the form in the circuit court in the county in which you live.


Obtain a hearing date from the court clerk.

Tell the judge at the hearing the reason that you are requesting the name change, any former names you have used and any criminal record.



  • With the name change of a minor the same rules will apply, but both parents must agree to the change of name. If only one parent is petitioning for the change, then notice must be given to the other parent so that she has to opportunity to object.

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