When you need to apply for a name change, you must first find out the guidelines and laws about names. Once you know where to apply, you can apply. There are different requirements in different states, so you should do your research. Here are some helpful tips:
The name you have chosen for yourself or your soon-to-be-born baby should represent something important to you. If you have a particular religion or culture, that should also be a factor when you choose your baby’s name. Parents often change their baby’s name after marriage or childbirth to reflect their new identity. Parents also change their baby’s name if they want to legally change their last name or to shorten their maiden or junior name. If you are applying as a divorced mother or father, however, you will probably not need to apply for a name change.
When you apply for a name change, you should write down the name you want and explain why it’s important to you. If you plan to use your child’s middle name when you apply for a new job, state law says that you have to use either your original name or a variation of it on any professional documents such as resumes. If you are changing your last name, you can apply for a name change on any of the forms that are used to change a last name. If you’re married, your soon-to-be ex has to be informed, too.
After you apply for a name change, you might get an email inviting you to a hearing. Attend the meeting and tell the court why you want the name you were given to match yours or that of your child. Include why you want to be identified as your child’s legal parent. You and your spouse must live under the same roof and you and your spouse should be able to keep in contact with each other. Have your child be part of this arrangement.
If you’re married but don’t want to change your last name, you can apply for a name change on the birth certificate, too. In that case, you may also have to provide proof that your marriage is still valid. A copy of the marriage license and certificate is sufficient evidence. But if either of you have moved since you were married, you won’t be allowed to change your last name unless you re-register the marriage. You’ll have to apply for a new marriage certificate.
If you change your name after having been married for three years, you’re required to reapply for a change every five years. But if you apply for a name change after that period of time has elapsed, you have to wait for a minimum of two years. You have to renew your name only once. After that, any legal changes that have been made to your name will remain valid. Any false information on your application, like pretending to be someone else or providing false information, can lead to criminal charges.
Another way to apply for a name change is by completing the “Change of Address” form online. By completing the form, you’ll be able to inform any creditors that you’re changing your address. You don’t have to complete this form every time you move, though. When you move, update the address with a new one, so it will update your child’s records.
There are a number of ways to apply for a name change for a child’s CDL license. For example, you can fill out a request for name change online, print out the completed form, and hand deliver it to the department. They will process the request and tell you what they can do for you. If all else fails, contact your state DMV for more information.