Name Change

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ADULT NAME CHANGE REQUIREMENTS

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COST- $50.00 CASH  NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED        Checks accepted from Attorney's Offices

PETITION

Certified Birth Certificate (within the last 30 days only) to verify identity & name

(Do not obtain this until after you receive BOTH background check back)

Valid Alabama Driver’s License or State I.D. (not expired) Must have lived here for 90 days or more

Ever been married and changed your name before:  Any and ALL marriage certificates certified (no Xerox copies).

If Divorced - Most Recent Divorce Decree with Seal

Federal Background Check Required Rap Sheets (Identity History Summary Checks) — FBI    www.fbi.gov                                                                         Refer to website or their forms for directions, our office cannot assist in obtaining

Alabama Background Check through ALEA SBI-ApplicationReviewALCHRI.pdf (alea.gov)                                                                                                  Refer to website or their forms for directions, our office cannot assist in obtaining

Proofs of Russell County Residency

(need two from list -must be in petitioner’s name):

 

•        Voter Registration

•        Current Utility Bill – No Telephone Bills OR Cable Bills

•        Current Year Property Tax

•        Current Year Tag Registration

•        Current Year Medical Billing 


Must complete petition online, print it out, and bring it with you. <<Click here for Adult Petition>>

Appointments for name changes are required for individuals, contact our office directly at (334) 298-7979





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MINOR NAME CHANGE REQUIREMENTS

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COST- $50.00 CASH WITHOUT COURT REQUIRED / $60 WITH COURT REQUIRED NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED

Checks accepted from Attorney's Offices


PETITION

Certified Birth Certificate (issued within the last 30 days only) to verify identity & name

(Do not obtain this until after you receive BOTH background checks back IF REQUIRED)

If father is listed on the birth certificate, both the mother and father MUST be present for the name change. If either party is not able to be present, a court hearing would be required and you would need to contact an attorney for the name change.

Minor's 14 - 18 must be present for the name change

IF PARENTS ARE MARRIED:

Valid Alabama Driver’s License or State I.D. (not expired) OF BOTH PARENTS

IF PARENTS ARE NOT MARRIED:

Valid Alabama Driver’s License or State I.D. (not expired) OF CUSTODIAL PARENT

Valid State Driver’s License or State I.D. (not expired) OF NONCUSTODIAL PARENT

IF FATHER’S NAME IS NOT ON THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE:

Valid Alabama Driver’s License or State I.D. (not expired) of MOTHER

IF either party have been married and changed their name(s) before: Any and ALL marriage certificates certified (no Xerox copies).

If Divorced - Most Recent Divorce Decree with Seal


School Aged Minors must present proof of school enrollment in a Russell County School


If child is age 10 or higher:

Federal Background Check Rap Sheets (Identity History Summary Checks) — FBI    www.fbi.gov

Alabama Background Check through ALEA SBI-ApplicationReviewALCHRI.pdf (alea.gov) 


Proofs of Russell County Residency

(need two from list -must be in petitioner’s name):

 

•        Voter Registration

•        Current Utility Bill – No Telephone Bills or Cable Bills

•        Current Year Property Tax

•        Current Year Tag Registration

•        Current Year Medical Billing


Must complete petition online, print it out, and bring it with you. <<Click here for Minor Petition>>


Temporary guardianship does not permit you to change a child's name.  If you are not the parent and have sole custody of a child and you are trying to change their name, the paperwork must state that the parental rights of the parents were terminated otherwise you will have to have the parents' consent to change the name.  

Each situation may be different.  Additional documentation may be required at any time by this court.

Appointments for name changes are required for individuals, contact our office directly at (334) 298-7979