Arizona Name Change Forms – How to Change Your Name in AZ

An Arizona name change form can be used to legally change the name of an adult or child residing in the State. All documents must be filed with the superior court in the county where the applicant resides. It is important to note that the forms required to execute a name change will vary depending on the county in which they are submitted. Therefore, the applicant should contact the superior court prior to submission to ensure that they have the correct forms. If a name is being changed due to a marriage or divorce, the process is far less convoluted as the individual may change their name when executing their licensing documents/divorce decree.

Laws – § 12-601

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Name Change After Marriage

Changing your name for the purpose of adopting your spouse’s last name can be accomplished when signing your Arizona marriage licensing documents. At the time that the forms are being filled out, you can specify a new name which can be assumed once the process has been finalized. Your marriage certificate will serve as proof that your name has changed and it may be used to update your social security card, driver’s license, and other forms of identification.

Name Change After Divorce

In order to change your name because of divorce, you can make a request during your court hearing to revert back to your former name. However, if you would like to change your name after your decree of dissolution has been issued, or if you would like to change your name to anything other than your prior name, you will need to file the standard adult name change application with the superior court of Arizona (instructions below). After receiving your decree of dissolution, it can be used as proof that your name has been changed.

Adult Name Change (No Marriage or Divorce)

An adult may change their name for reasons other than marriage or divorce through the filing of an application with the superior court. The application should set forth the reason for the name change as well as the new name that is to be used. The court will make a decision as to whether or not the new name may be assumed by the applicant by considering their reasoning as well as the following criteria:

  • If the applicant has been convicted of a felony
  • If the applicant has pending charges for any offense under Title 13, Chapter 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 or 27 or other offense relating to misrepresentation of identity or false statements
  • If the applicant is requesting a change of name solely for their best interests
  • If the applicant acknowledges that a change of name will not remove them from any obligations incurred on the original name

Step 1 – Verify with the Superior Court

The forms needed to execute a change of name in Arizona may vary depending on the county in which you reside. While the documents provided within this tutorial will serve the majority of Arizona counties, you should still contact a superior court clerk to determine the exact forms that are required as well as the associated filing fees.

Step 2 – Application for Change of Name

Download the Application for Change of Name and fill it in with the following information:

  • Birth name
  • Current legal name
  • Current address
  • Previously used name(s)
  • Name that is being requested
  • Criminal history information

Fill in the remaining fields of the application except for the “Case Number” lines and all spaces below “OATH OR AFFIRMATION OF APPLICANT.”

Step 3 – Consent of Name Change from Other Parent (if applicable)

If you have any children, it will be necessary for the other parent to complete a consent form indicating their compliance to your request for a name change. The other parent should fill out the Consent of Parent form for this purpose. Ensure that the “Case Number” line is left unfilled as well as the area designated for the oath or affirmation of the other parent.

Step 4 – Notarize Documents

Both the Application for Change of Name and the Consent of Parent form (if applicable) must be signed in front of a notary public. Look for a notary public in your county by conducting a search on the Secretary of State website. A county clerk may also serve as a notary public and witness the signing of your documents at the time they are submitted to the court. Photo identification will be required for notarization. A small fee may also be demanded by the notary public or court clerk.

Note: The Consent of Parent form must be signed by the other parent. Therefore, it will be that individual’s responsibility to appear before a notary public or court clerk to provide their signature.

Step 5 – Civil Cover Sheet

All name change applications submitted to the Arizona superior court must be presented with a Civil Cover Sheet (contact superior court for a local version of the form). This document will inform the court of the nature of the application and provide additional information relating to the case. Fill in all applicable fields of the form and attach it to your filings.

Step 6 – File Forms with the Superior Court

Deliver your original documents and two (2) copies of each to an Arizona superior court. The clerk to whom your forms are submitted will request a filing fee for the service. Filing fees will vary depending on the county so be sure to contact the superior court prior to submission to find out the exact amount. If you are unable to pay the filing fee, you may ask the clerk to establish a payment plan that suits your budget.

A county clerk will proceed by filing your original forms and certifying your photocopies. The copies will be returned to you after they have been certified by the clerk.

Step 7 – Notice of Hearing

After submitting your forms, the court will issue a notice to inform you of your hearing details including the date, time and location of your hearing. You will then be required to input your hearing information on a Notice of Hearing Regarding Application for Change of Name form. Fill out the form, make two (2) copies, and deliver all forms to a clerk at the superior court. Submit the original form to the clerk and have your copies certified before they are returned to you.

Step 8 – Notify Spouse (if applicable)

If you are married and have no children, and if you are aware of where your spouse lives, you may be required to notify your spouse of the request to change your name. This requirement might vary depending on the county in which you reside. Contact the superior court in your county to see if this requirement applies.

You can notify your spouse by doing one of the following:

If you are unaware of where your spouse lives, a Notice of Hearing must be published once each week for four (4) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in your county of residence AND in the Arizona county of the individual’s last known address (if known). The Notice of Hearing must show the date, time, and location of your hearing. Contact a local newspaper to learn how to publish a Notice of Hearing.

Once the publication requirement has been met, you must obtain an Affidavit of Publication from the newspaper and show it to the court during your hearing. Note that the court will be less likely to accept your request for a change of name unless a considerable effort has been made to locate and notify the other spouse.

Step 9 – Order Changing Name for An Adult

Next, the Order Changing Name for An Adult form must be downloaded and filled out. This document will be reviewed by a judge during your court hearing. Fill in all applicable spaces of the form and make two (2) photocopies.

Step 10 – Attend Hearing

With all of the above steps completed, you will need to attend your hearing on the date mentioned in your notice of hearing. The following list contains all items that must be brought with you at the time of your hearing:

  • Original Order Changing Name for An Adult and photocopies
  • Photo identification
  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • Certified copies of all forms filed thus far
  • Prior name change orders (if any)
  • Proof of naturalization or resident alien status (if applicable)
  • Copies of Orders of Protection and/or Injunctions Against Harassment still in effect (if applicable)
  • Passport or proof of immigration status (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Payment for additional court fees or certified copies (if any)

After reviewing your submission, the judge will make a decision as to whether or not your name change request is valid. If approved, you should immediately update your personal identification documents, bank and credit card accounts, driver’s license, and other items which have your previous name on file.

Driver’s License

Before it will be possible for you to change the name on your driver’s license, you must notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) of your new name. This can be accomplished by submitting an Application for a Social Security Card to a local SSA Office. Included with the application must be the following:

  • Proof of name change (e.g. marriage certificate, divorce decree, court documents)
  • Proof of lawful U.S. presence (e.g. citizenship certificate, birth certificate, valid visa, and I-94 printout)
  • Proof of age and identity (e.g. U.S. passport, ID card, driver’s license)

With the application for a social security card submitted, wait at least two (2) days before attempting to change the name on your driver’s license.

Change the name on your driver’s license by visiting a local Arizona MVD or third-party office and providing them with one of the following documents:

  • Marriage license or certificate
  • Divorce Decree
  • Court order
  • Citizenship or naturalization certificate

The document that you submit to the MVD must be either the original or a copy which has been certified by the issuing agency. Once the MVD has updated your personal record, you will need to apply for a new driver’s license card. This can be accomplished at the same time that you submit your name change information, though you may also apply for a new card Online, by Mail, and by Phone. A $12 fee will be required for a new driver’s license.

Voter Registration

Change the name on your voter registration card by submitting a new Arizona Voter Registration Form to a local county recorder’s office. Specify your new name by entering it into item eighteen (18) of the voter registration form. You may also change your name by re-registering on the Service Arizona website.

Minor (Child) Name Change

Changing the name of a minor in Arizona can be accomplished through the submission of a written application to the superior court. The request can only be made by the child’s parent or guardian and it must be filed in the county where the child resides. If the purpose of the name change is to simply alter a minor spelling error on a birth certificate, an application can be filed with the Arizona Health and Department of Services (age dependent). Any other reasons for changing the name of a minor shall be executed in accordance with the below instructions.

Step 1 – Verify with the Superior Court

The documents required to change a child’s name will vary depending on the county in which you reside. Therefore, you should contact the superior court in your county to determine the exact forms that are needed as well as the corresponding filing fees.

Step 2 – Complete the Application

Your request to change a minor’s name must be presented to the court via a written application. Download the Application for Change of Name for a Minor Child form and fill it in with your personal information, the child’s personal information, the proposed new name, and the reason for the change. Leave the “OATH OR AFFIRMATION OF APPLICANT” area unfilled.

After the form has been filled in, the document must be signed in front of a notary public in order to verify its content. Make two (2) copies of the form once it has been notarized.

Step 3 – Civil Cover Sheet

Included with your written application must be a cover sheet detailing the nature of the form and some basic information about yourself. Download the Civil Cover Sheet and fill in all applicable fields. In “OTHER CIVIL CASE TYPES” on page 2 of the form, select “152 Change of Name.”

Step 4 – Submit Documents

Submit the original Application for Change of Name for a Minor Child, the two (2) photocopies of the application, and the Civil Cover Sheet to a superior court filing location. A filing fee will be required upon submission (call ahead of time to determine the amount). If you are unable to pay the fee, you can ask the clerk to establish a payment plan. Have the clerk stamp both of your photocopies before returning them to you.

Step 5 – Schedule Hearing

After submitting your documents, wait four (4) business days and contact the court administration office to learn of your hearing details. The office will inform you of your hearing date, time, and the commissioner’s name. This information will then need to be entered into a Notice of Hearing Regarding Application for Change of Name form. Complete the form, make two (2) copies, and take them to the superior court. File the original form with the clerk and have your two (2) photocopies certified before they are returned to you.

Step 6 – Notify Interested Parties

It will be necessary for you to contact the other parent to inform them of the request to change the child’s name and to update them on the hearing information. If you are the child’s guardian, you must contact both parents to notify them of this information. Any child above the age of fourteen (14) must complete a Consent form and sign it in front of a notary public OR attend the hearing in person.

If you know where the other parent(s) live and they agree with the request for a change of name, provide them with a certified copy of the Application for Change of Name for a Minor Child and a certified copy of the Notice of Hearing Regarding Application for Change of Name. The individual(s) must then complete the Optional Consent of Parent to Name Change of a Minor Child and Waiver of Notice and sign the document in front of a notary public. Have the document returned to you and bring it to your hearing.

If you know where the other parent(s) live and they do not agree with the request for a change of name, you may do either of the following

If you are unaware of where the parent(s) reside, you will be required to publish a Notice of Hearing. A Notice of Hearing is a legal classified advertisement that will inform the public of the date, time, and location of your hearing. The notice must be published in a newspaper of general circulation in your county of residence and in the individuals’ last known Arizona county of residence. Publication must take place once a week for four (4) consecutive weeks.

After the notice has been published, request an Affidavit of Publication from the newspaper that published your Notice of Hearing. Proceed by completing a Declaration Supporting Publication (obtain a local version of the document from the superior court). This form will prove to the court that you have made considerable efforts to locate the other parent(s). Bring both the Affidavit of Publication and the Declaration Supporting Publication to your hearing.

Step 8 – Order Changing Name of Minor

Download the Order Changing Name of Minor document and fill in the requisite spaces (leave the “DONE IN OPEN COURT” lines empty). Make one (1) photocopy of the document after it has been completed.

Step 9 – Attend Hearing

Attend the hearing on the date which was indicated on your notice of hearing document. If the child is above the age of fourteen (14), they must also attend the hearing unless they have indicated their consent to the name change by filling out a Consent form (see Step 6). Be sure to bring the following documents with you to your hearing:

  • Original Order Changing Name of Minor form and one (1) photocopy
  • Photo identification
  • Certified copies of previously filed documents
  • Proof of notice documents indicating consent from the other parent(s) OR documents showing proof that an attempt was made to notify the other parent(s) of the request for a change of name and of the hearing information
  • Prior name change orders (if any)
  • Proof of naturalization or resident alien status (if applicable)
  • Copy of the child’s government-issued birth certificate (preferably certified)
  • Adoption decree (if applicable)
  • Proof of guardianship (if applicable)
  • Proof of immigration status or passport (if you or the child are not U.S. citizens)

If the change of name request is approved, the judge will present you with a court order which you must sign to make the process official. Make a photocopy of the court order and have it certified by a court clerk (additional fee may be required). The certified copy will serve as proof of the name change and may be used to update the child’s personal identification documents, birth certificate, credit card and bank accounts, etc.