Most states do, however, require a court order to change your middle name.
How to Legally Change Your Middle Name
- Obtain proof of residence in your state.
- Download and print a name change petition from the website of your state government.
- Complete the name change petition.
- Gather any required supporting documentation.
How much does it cost to change your middle name in California?
Filing the petition: The court will charge a fee to file your name change petition. These fees vary from state to state. For example, the filing fee is currently $150 in Massachusetts, $200 in New Jersey and $435 in California.
How much does it cost to change your middle name?
You can just start using a middle name if you like. If you want to do this legally, there are court filing fees to file the Petition for Change of Name (between $200 and $300), plus there is the cost of publication in a local newspaper.
How long does it take to legally change your name in California?
General Adult Name Change. To change your name as an adult in California, file a name change petition to get a court order from the court; takes about 90 days to complete. Once you have filed the petition a court date is given within the next 6-12 weeks.
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