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Alabama Name Change Forms | Request to Change Name (PS-12)

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Alabama Name Change Forms | Request to Change Name (PS-12)

Updated February 01, 2024

Alabama name change forms allow an adult to change their name legally. If an individual has recently been married or divorced, the respective certificate can be used to change their name with government agencies.

Name Change After Marriage

A spouse should change their name when filing a marriage certificate. It should be mentioned when applying (see image below).

Applying for a Marriage Certificate (see below)

If a spouse did not change their name at the time of marriage, complete the Amendment to Alabama Marriage Certificate and Decree of Correction. This will amend the marriage certificate and, once updated, can be used to change your name legally with other government agencies and organizations.

How to Change Your Name (6 steps)

  1. Read the Requirements
  2. Get a Background Check
  3. Get an FBI Background Check
  4. Complete the Request to Change Name (PS-12)
  5. File at the Probate Court
  6. Attend the Court Hearing

1. Read the Requirements

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An adult, which is someone at least 19 years old, may change their name under the following conditions:

  • A resident of Alabama;
  • Cannot have been convicted of a felony or as a sex offender;[2]
  • Not currently a defendant of a criminal charge; and
  • Not avoiding debt.

2. Get Fingerprints Taken

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Go to a local fingerprint office and bring the following:

A local background check will be processed by the Alabama Bureau of Investigations.

3. Get an FBI Background Check

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The court also requires an FBI background check. This can be completed online or by mail using the FBI instructions:

  • Online – Complete the online application and provide a copy of the fingerprints to submit at a USPS location.
  • Mail – Use the FBI checklist that includes:
    • Complete and sign the Identity History Summary Request (1-783)
    • Attach the FBI Applicant Fingerprint Card (FD-1164) processed with your fingerprints taken.
    • Include a money order or certified check for $18 made to the ‘United States Treasury.’ Credit card payments can also be made by completing the Credit Card Payment Form.
    • Send to: FBI CJIS Division – Summary Request, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, WV 26306

4. Complete the Request to Change Name (PS-12)

Hands with pen filling out Request to Change Name form.

Complete the state-wide Request to Change Name (PS-12), or a petitioner can use a county-specific petition provided by a local court (samples below):

The Request to Change Name must be signed by the petitioner in the presence of a notary public.

5. File at the Probate Court

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The following documents must be filed with the local Probate Court where you reside:

  • Request to Change Name (PS-12) – 2 copies
  • Proof of Residency – Evidence must include a lease agreement, utility bill, or other stamped and addressed envelope. If neither, an Affidavit of Residency can be used and signed by the other occupants of your household.[3]
  • Copy of ID – Such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • Background Checks (2) – Provided by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the FBI ‘rap sheet.’
  • Birth Certificate – Certified copy.
  • Filing Fee – Ranges from $25 to $95, depending on the county. If you cannot afford the fee, instead file the Affidavit of Substantial Hardship and Order (C-10-CIVIL).

After filing with the court, a court hearing will be provided when filing or sent to the mailing address provided.

6. Attend the Hearing

"Order for name change" affixed to envelope with hand stamping the word "approved."

It is required to attend the court hearing. The judge will review the documents presented and, if approved, will authorize one Order for Name Change (copies can be requested for an additional fee). There may be an additional cost required for the hearing (for example, in Shelby County it is $13).

If no hearing is scheduled, the Order for Name Change will be signed by the judge and mailed.

Driver’s License

To change your name on an Alabama driver’s license, go to an ALEA driver’s license office. Depending on the county, an appointment may need to be scheduled.

You must bring a document proving your name change, such as an Order for Name Change, marriage certificate, or divorce certificate.

Voter Registration

A current and registered voter in Alabama can update their personal details using the Alabama Secretary of State’s website if they have changed the name on their driver’s license. If not, the Mail-In Application (NVRA-2) must be used to change their name.



  1. Name Change After Divorce in Alabama
  2. Section 15-20A-36
  3. Adult Name Change Instructions and Form