Table of Contents:
- How to Change a Last Name in Oklahoma
- How to Change Your Last Name in Maryland
- How to Change Your Last Name in Texas
Due to Marriage or Divorce
Obtain a certified copy of your marriage license or divorce decree.
Contact the companies or organizations you would like to notify of your last name change. This could include credit card and utility companies, the social security administration, insurance companies, colleges or universities and the department of motor vehicles.
Notify the company representative that you have a new last name due to marriage or divorce and that you would like the database updated to reflect your new last name. The company representative may or may not request a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree as proof of the name change.
For Reasons Other Than Marriage or Divorce
Visit your local district courthouse if you have been living in the state of Oklahoma for more than 30 days. If you have not been living in the state for more than 30 days, you do not yet meet the Oklahoma residency requirements to change your name.
Ask the court clerk to provide you with a “Petition For Name Change Of Adult” form. Complete the form by entering the requested information, such as your name, address, date of birth, the last name you wish to have and your reason for desiring a new last name.
Note that you must be 18 years of age or older to complete a name change form. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian can complete the “Petition For Name Change Of Minor” form for you.
Submit the completed form and the filing fee of $159.30 to the district courthouse clerk. Wait for the court clerk to provide you with the date of your court hearing. This date will be given to you while you are still at the courthouse.
Place a public notice in the legal section of a local newspaper to inform the public of your name change request. The notice must be published at least 10 days before your scheduled court hearing. You must obtain a copy of the published notice along with an affidavit from the newspaper verifying that your notice was published. Provide the copy of the notice and the affidavit to the clerk of the district courthouse.
Attend the court hearing on the date specified. During this hearing the judge will grant a civil action judgment for your request to change your last name. Be sure to ask the court clerk for a certified copy of the judgment before leaving the courthouse.
Contact all of the companies and organizations that you would like to notify of your new last name. Show your certified copy of the judgment to the company representative as proof of your legal name change.
Changing Your Last Name in Maryland Through Usage
Choose a new last name and begin using it immediately. According to the state's usage law, residents of Maryland are permitted to change their name at any time, for any reason, without needing to petition the change in court.
Begin notifying your family members, friends, business associates and companies that you do business with about your name change.
Understand that the one drawback to changing your name this way is that some businesses and government agencies require proof of the name change before they will honor your new name. Unless you have gotten married and can supply a marriage certificate, your request won't be honored without a signed court document.
Changing Your Last Name in Maryland by Marriage
Choose a new last name. If you are a woman getting married, you may be planning on taking your husband's last name, or choosing to use a hyphenated name that incorporates both your name and your husband's last name. However, it is not just women who change their name upon getting married these days. More men are choosing to change their names as well--either by taking their wife's last name, hyphenating their last name or creating an entirely new last name.
Change your name after marriage by notifying the Motor Vehicle Association in Maryland and the Social Security Administration of your name change. You'll also need to let family, friends, business associates, credit card companies and loan holders know of your name change.
Show a certified copy of your marriage license to have the name on your social security card changed. Passports, loan companies and some credit card companies also require a marriage certificate. Because marriage certificates serve as appropriate proof of a name change in Maryland, there is no need to petition the court for a legal name change.
Changing Your Last Name in Maryland by Petitioning the Court
Choose a new last name. Then, petition the court for a legal name change by filing paperwork with the district circuit court in the county in which you live.
Download a copy of the Petition for Change of Name form or obtain a copy from the circuit court. The online form can be accessed on the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts website.
Complete all of the required fields and check over your responses carefully to make sure that everything has been answered completely and accurately. On the petition, you'll need to fill in information regarding your current name, your requested name change, the reason for the name change and any prior name changes you've used in your lifetime. Enclose a copy of your birth certificate with the completed forms.
File the completed forms and birth certificate with the civil clerk's office in your county courthouse. You'll need to pay a fee to process your petition. If you cannot afford the fee, you can ask the court to waive the fee because of a financial hardship. A judge at the courthouse will determine whether to accept or deny your hardship request.
Publish a notice in the newspaper that announces your name change. The announcement must be printed at least 15 days prior to the deadline for filing an objection to your name change request. Whether you or the civil clerk arranges for the newspaper publication of your name change varies from county to county. You'll need to check with the clerk's office to determine how it is handled in your county. Once the notice is published, the newspaper will send you a Certificate of Publication that must be filed with the court. Once this step is complete, the Petition is sent to a judge for review.
Gather proof of identity. You must provide a U.S. passport, driver's license, or State issued non-driver identification card. The driver's license and state issued identification card can be from any state.
Gather proof of citizenship. You must provide a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. consular report of birth, U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship.
Gather proof of a legal name change. You must provide a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order for name change, or a Certificate of Naturalization showing a new name.
Fill out SS-5 form. You can get this form online at the Social Security website (see Resources) or fill out the form at the nearest Social Security Office.
Go to the nearest Social Security office (see Resources) with all your documents. You can apply for a new card at the office and you will receive your new card within two to three weeks.