Instructions for Name Changes

Informational Pamphlet

Complete form packets for Name Changes

Below are pdf packets that contain all the forms required. Click to download.

Individual Forms for Name Changes

The following are a collection of the individual forms one may need for all case types.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions can arise while you are looking for the content that you need. The following are common questions that have often been posed to our office.

What are the Requirements for Changing a Name?

A person desiring to change his or her name must be a resident of the county for at least one year prior to the filing of an application.

What is the Procedure for Changing a Name?

  1. Obtain appropriate forms from probate court. Complete the forms and file with the probate court and pay court costs. At the time of filing, a case number and hearing date are assigned.
  2. You must place the required legal ad in a paper of general circulation in Hamilton County at least thirty (30) days prior to the hearing. Proof of such publication shall be filed by you at the time of the hearing.
  3. A certified copy of the birth certificate shall be presented to the probate court with the application to change the name of a minor.

If the court is satisfied that reasonable and proper cause exists for the change of name, the court will approve the change of name at the hearing in the absence of fraud or other misrepresentation by the applicant.

What Forms Will I Need?

Application forms for change of names, registering and correcting birth certificates may be obtained on this site (see above) or in-person at the Probate Court.