About the Name Change Process: In Texas, a Petition for Change of Name of Adult must be filed in the county court in which the Petitioner (i.e. the person seeking to change his or her name) lives. With few exceptions, any lawful reason that the Petitioner deems a benefit is customarily adequate to satisfy the court. For example, the Petitioner may prefer a new name due to social or religious reasons. The Petitioner may not change his or her name to evade creditors or if the name change will violate the rights of others. The Petitioner should contact the court clerk in the county in which he or she resides to verify the current filing fees and other local requirements.

Forms Needed to Complete a Name Change: (1) a Petition for Change of Name of Adult; (2) a Decree Granting Change of Name of Adult; (3) Application for Amended Birth Certificate Based on a Court Ordered Name Change; and (4) Expedited Mail Application for Birth and Death Record. (All four of these documents are included with the purchased version of this form.)

What to Do After the Court Grants the Name Change
: File an Application for Amended Birth Certificate Based on a Court Ordered Name Change. This form can be filed by mailing it to Texas Vital Records, Department of State Health Services, 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, TX 78756. Include in your mailing: (1) an original certified copy of the Decree Granting Change of Name of Adult that was signed by the judge, (2) a copy of your valid (non-expired) government issued photo identification, and (3) payment in the form of a personal check, money order, or cashier's check. The current cost to file the Application to Amend Birth Certificate is $15. To obtain copy of the amended birth certificate reflecting the new name, include in your mailing an Expedited Mail Application for Birth and Death Record. The cost to receive a certified copy of the newly updated birth certificate is $22.


Petition for Change of Name of Adult

State of Texas
County of ________________
Court _____________________________
Docket No. ________________________
  
Name of Petitioner:_____________________________In re:  Change of Name of Adult   
 From: _____________________________
To: _______________________________

Petitioner makes the following declaration:

1. Birth Date and Place:   Petitioner was born on _______________________, ______ in  ________________________ [city],  ________________________ [county], ________________________ [state]. A certified copy of petitioner's birth certificate is attached to this petition.

2. Birth Name:  Petitioner was named ____________________________________________ at birth, and as of the date of this petition, the Petitioner has always been known by that name, with the following exceptions, if any:
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
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[list all legal names previously held].

3. Residence:  Petitioner resides at _______________________ [insert residential address] and has lived at this address for ________ [insert length of time in months or years at this address].

4. Petitioner's Parents:  The father of the Petitioner is named ______________________________________________, and he resides at _____________________________________________________________________________ [insert residential address of father].  The mother of the Petitioner is named ______________________________________________, and she resides at _____________________________________________________________________________ [insert residential address of mother]. 

5. Reason for Name Change:  Petitioner seeks to change his or her name to ______________________________________________ and offers the following reason(s) for seeking to do so:
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________.

6. Legal and Creditor Status:  Petitioner does not have any outstanding judgments, has never been convicted of a crime, and is not involved in any pending legal actions.

7. Additional Declarations:  In addition to the foregoing statements, the Petitioner further declares:
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
[insert additional declarations, if any].

NOW, THEREFORE, the Petitioner requests that the court order the Petitioner's name changed as follows:

From: ____________________________________________

To: ______________________________________________


Verification

I, ______________________________________________[name of Petitioner], affirm under penalty of perjury that I am the Petitioner in the foregoing Petition to Change Name of Adult and that all statements in this Petition are accurate to the best of my knowledge.
 

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Petitioner's SignatureDate


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Petitioner's Address, Line 1

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Petitioner's Address, Line 2


Subscribed and sworn to before me on this ____ day of __________________, 20_____.
 
 
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Notary