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HOW DO I CHANGE MY NAME?

To change your name, you will need some or all of these forms:

You can download all of the forms by clicking on the form number above or get them from any of the Self-Help Centers. You can also get all forms from the forms section of the Judicial Council website. You probably don’t need a lawyer to change your name. But, here are other resources to help you:

  • The Court's Self-Help Center.
  • How to Change your Name, Loeb and Brown (book)
  • California Code of Procedures, § 1276 (Read: CCP1276 )

To find a lawyer, you may refer to the Lawyer Referral Services information on the Self-Help Resource webpage.


HOW DO I CHANGE MY NAME AND GENDER?

Follow the same process as described in "How do I change my name" above. But, instead of forms NC-100, NC-120 and NC-130, use:

If you are changing your gender only, use:

  • Form NC-300 Petition for Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate 
  • Form NC-320 Notice of Hearing on Petition for Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate  
  • Form NC-330 Order for Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate 
  • Form CM-010 Civil Case Cover Sheet 

You must also file for a doctor’s statement (NC-210  or NC-310  ). Attach it to your petition. Read the forms for more specific instructions. You can also read: Health & Safety Code Sections 103430, 103435.


WHAT DO I DO WITH MY COMPLETED FORMS?

Fill out your forms eFile or you may take them to the Probate Division at Orange County Superior Court, Central Justice Center. Bring:

The clerk will check your forms and file them. You will have to pay a filing fee (check for civil fees on the local fee schedule for the dollar amount). The clerk will give you a case number, a hearing date and “filed-endorsed” copies of your forms.

If you can’t afford to pay the court fees, fill out these forms, too:


WHAT DO I DO AFTER I FILE MY FORMS?

Take your filed-endorsed copies of NC-120 to a newspaper of general circulation in Orange County for publication (see Adjudicated Newspaper list). The law says a newspaper must publish NC-120 for 4 weeks in a row before your hearing. Do this right away because the publication process must be complete before your hearing.

When publication is complete, the newspaper will file proof of publication with the court and will mail you a copy. Bring your copy of the proof of publication to your hearing.


WHERE TO GO ON THE DAY AND TIME OF THE HEARING?

Go to the Central Justice Center Clerks Office Room D100 on the date and time of the hearing.

If they are unable to attend the hearing, you can make a request for a different hearing date at the clerk’s office. The court may continue your hearing if additional information is required or if the publication process has not been completed.

You will need certified copies of the Decree Changing Name (Form NC-130 ), OR if you are changing both name and gender, the Decree Changing Name and Gender (Form NC-230 ), OR if you are changing your gender only, Petition for Change of Gender and Issuance of a New Birth Certificate (Form NC-330 ). When you file NC-130, you can buy certified copies. (See the local fee schedule for certification fees.)

We cannot say how many copies you will need. But, keep in mind that it’s a good idea to have a certified copy until your birth certificate and I.D. are changed to match your new name. You may also need certified copies to change your name on your credit cards, social security card, passport, or for immigration purposes.


HOW DO I GET AN AMENDED BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

Follow the instructions in the "Name Change for Minors" tab on this page.


WHAT IF THERE IS NO MIDDLE NAME ON MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND I WANT TO ADD ONE?

To add a middle name, follow these steps:

STEP 1

Fill out form VS-24 (Application to Amend a Record). You must type your answers and sign in black ink. You can get this form from: The State can mail or email this form to you if you ask for one at: OVRform@dhs.ca.gov Give them your name, mailing address, and say you want Form VS-24.
STEP 2

Mail your form to: State of California Office of Vital Records P.O. Box 730241 304 "S" Street Sacramento, CA 94244-0241

STEP 3

You may have to pay a fee. If you changed and registered your name within the last year, the State will charge you a fee. They will also charge a fee if you want a certified copy mailed to you. See the information on amended birth certificates on the Office of Vital Records website  . It takes about 6 months for the State to change your record.


HOW DO I CHANGE MY LAST NAME TO MY SPOUSE'S NAME AFTER I GET MARRIED?

If you are interested in changing your last name to your new spouse's last name you do not need to file a Petition for Name Change. You should simply be able to show a certified copy of your marriage license to:


AFTER A DIVORCE, HOW DO I GET BACK MY MAIDEN NAME OR OTHER NAME I USED BEFORE?

To add a middle name, follow these steps:

STEP 1

Fill out form FL-395  (Restoration of Former Name) You can download this form by clicking on the link above, or from the forms page at the Judicial Council website, or buy a blank form at a bookstore or stationery store.
STEP 2

File your form in the county where you got your divorce. Use the same case number you used for your divorce. You can do this in person or by mail. If you were divorced in Orange County, send your request to: Family Law Division at the Lamoreaux Justice Center. For the filing fee, see the section "Ex parte application requiring a party to give notice of the ex parte appearance to other parties," on the local fee schedule . If you need a certified copy, please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope and the additional fee for this service as noted on the local fee schedule.


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