Alaska Name Change Forms – How to Change Your Name in AK

The Alaska name change forms can be used by an adult to change their own name or to change the name of a minor. An adult requesting a change to their name will need to submit a written petition to an Alaska superior court filing location and pay the $150 filing fee. If an individual wishes to change the name of a minor, they must ensure that the other parent has consented to the change and signed a form indicating this information. After a name has been changed, the individual should notify the DMV, Social Security Administration, and other like organizations so that their personal information can be updated.

Laws – § 09.55.010

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Name Change After Marriage

Unlike some states, signing a marriage license in Alaska will not present you with the opportunity to change your name. You must instead submit a Certificate Request Form to the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics in order to receive a certified copy of your marriage certificate. Included with your request form must be a copy of an unexpired ID and payment for the $30 filing fee. The certificate will serve as evidence of your name change and may be used to update the personal information on file with the Social Security Administration, DMV, and other agencies.

Name Change After Divorce

The opportunity to change your name back to the one used prior to marriage will be present when filing your divorce or dissolution forms. If changing your name to anything other than your prior name, or if changing your name after the divorce or dissolution court proceedings have been completed, you will be required to file the standard adult change of name petition. Instructions on the process can be found in the “Adult Name Change (No Marriage or Divorce)” tutorial below.

Adult Name Change (No Marriage or Divorce)

According to § 09.55.010 of the Alaska Statutes, a person may change their name by making a request before the superior court. The request may be granted if the court finds there to be sufficient reason for the change and if they find the change to be consistent with public interest. The reasoning behind your decision to change your name should be well thought out and justifiable before you embark on the process.

Step 1 – Fill in the Petition for Change of Name

The request to change your name will be submitted to the courts via the Petition for Change of Name (CIV-700). Download the form and fill it in to include the city where the court is located, your current legal name and date of birth, the name that you would like to be known as, and the reason for your name change. Leave the “CASE NO.” line blank as well as all lines below “VERIFICATION.”

Notice of your request for a name change will be posted on the Alaska Court System’s legal notice website. If you feel that your personal safety might be in danger due to the publishing of your request, you may ask to be released from the publishing requirement by including with your petition a Request to Waive Posting in Adult Name Change Case (CIV-708). When completing the Request to Waive Posting, do not fill in the “CASE NO.” line and all lines below “VERIFICATION.”

Step 2 – Notarize Forms

The aforementioned documents will need to be signed in front of a Notary Public in order to confirm the validity of your request. A clerk of the superior court can execute this notarial service for free when you deliver your petition to the court. A photo ID must be presented at the time of notarization.

Step 3 – Complete the Application for Legal Name Change

Download the Application for Legal Name Change (VS-405) and complete sections 1 through 7(b). Provide your signature and the date in the “Applicant’s Signature” area. The remaining spaces of the form will be completed by a court clerk.

Step 4 – Make Copies of Forms

It’s recommended that you make photocopies of all the forms you’ve completed thus far. This will ensure that you have backups of each document for future reference if needed.

Step 5 – File Original Documents

Take your original documents to a local Superior Court Filing Location and provide payment for the $150 filing fee. If you are unable to pay the fee, an exemption from this requirement may be granted by filing the Request for Exemption (TF-920) with a clerk.

Step 6 – Order for Hearing

After your forms have been filed with the superior court, a clerk will provide you with an Order for Hearing, Posting, and Additional Service form. This order form will inform you of the date of your court hearing, whether or not the court will post notice of your hearing on the Alaska Court System’s legal notice website, and whether or not there are additional actions that must be taken in order to satisfy the court’s requirements (e.g additional publishing online and/or in print). Your hearing date will likely take place not less than forty (40) days after receiving the order form.

Step 7 – Attend Court Hearing

Attend your court hearing on the date specified in the Order for Hearing, Posting, and Additional Service form. The purpose of the hearing will be for you to inform the judge of why you wish to change your name, and for the judge to ensure that your name is not being changed to defraud anyone or avoid debts. If the judge believes that there is sufficient reason for the change of name and it is consistent with public interest, the judge will administer a judgment permitting you to change your name.

Step 8 – Additional Requirements (if necessary)

If additional service is demanded by the court (as mentioned in Step 6), you will not be allowed to use your new name until these services have been carried out. After completing the services, fill out an Affidavit of Additional Service (CIV-702) and submit it to the court. The form must be filled in and then signed in front of a Notary Public, court clerk, or other official authorized to perform notarial acts.

Step 9 – Certificate of Name Change

A clerk will issue you a Certificate of Name Change after all additional requirements have been met (if any). This certificate will let you know of the exact date that you may begin to use your new name. Once your name has been changed, you will want to update the information on record with the Social Security Administration, DMV, Vital Statistics Office, and other agencies such as your bank and your insurance company.

Driver’s License

In order to change the name on your driver’s license, you must appear in person at the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles within thirty (30) days of the change and file Form 478. Included upon submission must be proof of your name change (an original certified copy only) and payment for the $15 processing fee. You may be required to pass a vision test at this time.

Voter Registration

Change the name on your voter registration by submitting a new State of Alaska Voter Registration Application to one of the following Division of Elections offices:

  • Region I Elections Office – P.O. Box 110018, Juneau, AK 99811-0018
  • Region II Elections Office – 2525 Gambell Street, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99503-2838
  • Region III Elections Office – 675 7th Avenue, Suite H3, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4542
  • Region IV Elections Office – P.O. Box 577, Nome, AK 99762-0577

Specify that your name has been changed by inputting your former name in item (3) of the Voter Registration Application.

Minor (Child) Name Change

Changing the name of a minor (person below the age of eighteen) can be accomplished via the filing of a written petition. The petition must be submitted to a superior court filing location by an adult acting on the child’s behalf. If the purpose of the name change is to simply alter a spelling error in the child’s name, you may wish to contact the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics as they can make these types of corrections. If changing a child’s name for any other reasons, follow the instructions below to learn how to properly submit a petition.

Step 1 – Fill in the Petition to Change Child’s Name

Start by downloading the Petition to Change Child’s Name (CIV-694) and fill in all spaces except for the “CASE NO.” line and the lines below “VERIFICATION.”

Note: The court will post a notice of your request on the Alaska Court System’s legal notice website. If you feel that the child’s personal safety might be in danger due to the posting, you can ask to be excused from this requirement by including with your petition the Request to Waive Posting in Child’s Change of Name Case (CIV-709). Be sure to leave the “CASE NO.” line empty as well as all spaces below the “VERIFICATION” heading.

Step 2 – Notarize Forms

The Petition to Change Child’s Name and (if applicable) the Request to Waive Posting in Child’s Change of Name Case must be signed in the presence of a Notary Public. A court clerk can serve as a Notary Public and notarize your documents for free at the time that they are submitted to the court. Photo ID will be required for notarization.

Step 3 – Consent from Non-Petitioning Parent

The non-petitioning parent must document their consent to the name change by signing the Parental Consent from Non-Petitioning Parent (CIV-695) form. Download the form and fill in all spaces except for the “CASE NO.” line, the signature field, and all spaces designated for the notary. The non-petitioning parent will need to sign the form in front of a Notary Public or a court clerk in order to notarize the form. Photo ID must be provided by the other parent at the time of notarization. If the other parent is deceased, you can file a copy of the parent’s death certificate in place of the consent form.

In the event that the other parent does not consent to the name change, you will need to request a Summons from a court clerk and serve it upon the other parent along with the following documents:

You must serve the Summons form and the other aforementioned documents to the other parent at least thirty (30) days before the hearing to change the child’s name. These documents may be served either by a process server or by certified mail with restricted delivery. More information on Summons can be found in the How to Serve a Summons in a Civil Lawsuit pamphlet.

Proof that you have served the Summons must be presented to the court upon submission of your forms. If a process server has been used to serve the Summons, you will be given a “Return of Service” which you may use as proof that the Summons has been served. If certified mail was used to serve the Summons, you must provide the court with the original green card that you will receive from the post office.

Step 4 – Complete Application for Legal Name Change

Included with your filings must be the Application for Legal Name Change (VS-405). Complete items 1 through 7(b) of the form and provide your signature and the date in the “Applicant’s Signature” area. Leave all remaining spaces empty as they will be filled in by a court clerk.

Step 5 – Make Copies of Forms

You will want to make copies of each of the aforementioned documents for your own personal records. Keep these copies in a safe place so that they may be accessed easily if needed.

Step 6 – File Forms with the Superior Court

Take your original forms to a superior court filing location and submit them to a court clerk (see list of Filing Locations). A filing fee of $150 will be required upon the submission of your forms. If you cannot afford this fee, you may file a Request for Exemption (TF-920) form to request to be excluded from paying the filing fee.

Step 7 – Order for Hearing

After you have submitted your forms, the court clerk will hand deliver or mail to you an Order for Hearing, Posting, and Additional Service form. This document will inform you of whether or not additional services must be executed before the court is able to grant the name change, whether the court will post notice of the request on the Alaska Court System’s legal notice website, and the date of your court hearing.

Step 8 – Attend Court Hearing

Both you and the child must attend the court hearing on the date mentioned in the Order for Hearing, Posting and Additional Service Form. The hearing date will most likely take place at least forty (40) days after the Order form was filed. During the hearing, you must explain to the judge the reason why you want to change the child’s name.

If the other parent objects to the request to change the child’s name, the judge will allow you the opportunity to respond to the objection. The judge will then make a decision on whether or not the child’s name should be changed. If the judge believes that the name change is valid, he/she will sign a judgment permitting the child to assume the new name. However, the child may not begin to use the new name until the remaining steps in this tutorial have been completed.

Step 8 – Additional Requirements (if necessary)

If there were additional services demanded by the court (as mentioned in Step 7), you must file an Affidavit of Additional Service (CIV-702). The document must be filled in and then signed in front of a Notary Public, court clerk, or other official authorized to conduct notarial services.

Step 9 – Certificate of Name Change

A clerk will provide you with a Certificate of Name Change once all of the above steps have been completed. This certificate will inform you of the exact date that the child may begin to use the new name. The date will be at least thirty (30) days after the initial judgment was made. After the name has been officially changed, you should notify any organizations which have the child’s previous name on file so that they may update their records.