How To Change Name in Florida Courts
Hillsborough County Name Change - FL923790Z (ORI Number)
Pinellas County Name Change - FL924030Z (ORI Number)
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Before you go to a court hearing for a name change application, you must have your fingerprints taken electronically by an authorised agency. These service providers will help you obtain a criminal history report by submitting your prints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is one of the required documents you must present in court.
Your criminal history report, both federal and state, will be forwarded by FDLE to the clerk of the circuit court. These reports are then examined, and your application is reviewed and evaluated to determine whether or not it should be approved.
Getting Your Name Changed in a Florida Court
If you want to legally change your name as an adult, you must file a petition with the Florida Circuit Court. Your petition’s purpose will be to request a change of name and the reason behind it. Here you’ll find detailed step-by-step instructions on how to change your name.
Step 1 – Make Sure You’re Ready
Before you file your name change with the court, make sure you’re happy with your new name. If you want to change it back or to something else, you will have to go through this procedure again.
Step 2 – Get a Background Check
The Florida name change process begins with inspecting your state or national criminal record. To do this, you must submit your fingerprints to the court. You can use an FDLE-approved service such as FEFPS. Our veteran-owned family business provides you with high-quality fingerprinting at an affordable price.
We at FEFPS submit your fingerprints the same day to the FDLE. However, generating a report may take up to 3 working days.
Step 3 – Fill out a Disclosure from Nonlawyer
This is an optional step and should only be done if you want to take someone’s help in filling out your forms. If that’s the case, they’ll need to complete a “Disclosure from Nonlawyer” form before they can help you. They’re then referred to as “Nonlawyers.”
Step 4 – Fill out the Limitation of Services, Notice of Related Cases, and the Final Disposition Forms
When you apply for a name change in Florida, you must have additional forms ready to support your petition. The “Limitation of Services” form signifies that you understand that the personnel or the court clerk isn’t an acting lawyer and is not offering you any legal advice.
Another form you must fill out is the “Notice of Related Cases.” This form tells the court if you’ve any other open or ongoing cases in the United States court system.
And at last, the “Final Disposition” form is needed once your case has been completed. The form is required in some counties and is used to document the outcome of your case.
Step 5 – Fill out the Petition for Change of Name
Once you’ve all the documents together, you should download and fill out the petition for a change of name. You’ll receive the case information mentioned at the top of the form from the court clerk when you file your petition.
Step 6 – Sign the Petition in the Presence of a Notary Public
When you’ve completed the entire petition, you must sign the form in the presence of a notary public. You can get this service from the court clerk, local bank, or credit union. Remember to make at least 3 copies after you sign the petition.
Step 7 – Submit the Filing and Pay the Fees to the Court
You must file your paperwork and background check report with a circuit court in your county during regular business hours. The clerk of court will ask you to pay the filing fees. Once you’ve paid the fees, you must ask the court clerk to schedule a hearing for your petition.
Step 8 – Download the Final Judgment of Change of Name Form
Before your hearing date, you must download the “Final Judgment of Name Change” form. Complete the applicable lines on the form before your hearing. Your judge will use this form once your name change request is approved.
Step 9 – Attend Your Case Hearing
Attend the petition hearing on the scheduled date and time. Make sure to bring a printed copy of the “Final Judgment for Name Change” form. You will have to give a copy to the judge. The judge may ask you a few questions about your petition. Answer them honestly and confidently.
If the court judge approves your request, they will sign and return the form to you. You must complete the process by submitting the form to a court clerk and requesting certified copies.
How Much Does It Cost to Change Your Name in Florida?
The cost of our forms or services is the only fee we charge. Other fees incurred when filing a pleading with a court include filing fees, postage for certified mail, fees associated with the signatures and seals of a Notary Public, publication fees, and service fees. It is difficult to determine the costs you will incur because the legal circumstances of each case vary. In addition, the procedures and requirements for a name change petition sometimes differ from county to county or even from court to court.
Changing Documents after Your Name Change
1. Get a New Social Security Card
Now that you have a new name, you need to update your Social Security card. Bring your court order to the Social Security Administration along with your birth certificate, a photo ID, and a completed application for a new Social Security card.
2. Apply for a New Driver’s License
After obtaining your new Social Security card, you must visit your local DMV. You need to take your new Social Security card, court order, and old driver’s license or state ID. You’ll also need two proofs of your current residency. Once you’ve submitted these documents to the DMV, you can change your driver’s license to your new name.
3. Change Your Name on Additional Documentations
Once you’ve changed the two most important pieces of identification, you should also change your name on other documents. Consider changing your name with your bank accounts, credit cards, mortgages, voter registration, post office boxes, or passport.