Legal Name Change

Updated: Apr 7

To change your legal name in Ohio you must,

  1. File a legal name change petition with your county's probate court

  2. State that you have been a resident of the county for 1 year

  3. Attach a certified copy of your birth certificate

  4. A hearing will be set with a probate judge

  5. Then, you have 30 days to post notice of your name change in a county-wide newspaper

The judge will determine whether or not to grant a name change. The hearing should not require a lawyer. If the judge does not grant the name change order, you may want to consult a lawyer -- find more information on lawyers at Legal Aid.


If the judge grants your name change, you will be presented with a certified and signed order. Keep this safe as you will need it to obtain new or change legal documents.


To find more specific information about the process in Stark County, check out Equitas Health.

OH-21
.0-Application for Change of Name o
Download 0-APPLICATION FOR CHANGE OF NAME O • 68KB
OH-21
.2-Application for Change of Name o
Download 2-APPLICATION FOR CHANGE OF NAME O • 88KB
OH-21.4-Consent to Change of Name
.pdf
Download PDF • 76KB
OH-21
.5-Notice of Hearing on Change of N
Download 5-NOTICE OF HEARING ON CHANGE OF N • 32KB
OH-21
.6-Application to Waive Publication
Download 6-APPLICATION TO WAIVE PUBLICATION • 43KB
Stark
.pdf
Download PDF • 29KB



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