There are many reasons a person may choose to change their name or their minor child’s name. This is fairly common procedure after a divorce. There are specific steps which you will need to follow in order to change your name. The following is a brief description of the legal process:
First. Complete the Arizona Name Change Forms, which can be found here. *Please note, these forms are prepared for Maricopa County Superior Court. However, they are accepted in any superior court if you cross out “Maricopa” and enter the name of your county. Alternatively, you can visit the Self Help Center at your local superior court for forms created for that county.
Second. Take or mail one (1) original and two (2) copies to the superior court in your county. The clerk will file the original and stamp and return the copies.
Third. Attend the name change hearing set by the court.
Finally. Make certified copies of the court’s order changing your name from the Clerk of the Court. Then, send copies to the Social Security Administration, the Department of Motor Vehicles, your bank, and any other relevant institutions.
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