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Hawaii Name Change Forms – How to Change Your Name in HI

The Hawaii name change forms should be used when petitioning for a legal name change unless the applicant is in the process of getting married or divorced. In the case of a marriage, the individual can declare a new last and/or middle name on their marriage license application before filing it with the Department of Health. Alternatively, if the individual is getting divorced, they may establish a provision within their divorce decree which indicates their desire to revert to their former name. An adult who wishes to change their name for any reason other than marriage or divorce, or an adult who wishes to change the name of their minor child, will be subject to filing the Hawaii name change forms.

Laws § 574-5

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Name Change After Marriage

Hawaii statue § 574-1 states that a person may, upon civil union or marriage, declare a new middle and last name. Therefore, when you fill out your marriage license application, you can legally change your name by entering it in the applicable area of the form. After the marriage ceremony is completed, obtain a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the Hawaii State Department of Health. The certified copy you receive can serve as evidence of your name change.

Name Change After Divorce

The court proceedings for divorce in Hawaii permit either party to revert to the middle name and/or last name used prior to marriage or civil union. However, to make the change legal, you will need to include the new name within the provisions of your divorce decree. After the divorce is final, contact the Hawaii State Department of Health to request a certified copy of your divorce certificate. This document will serve as legal proof of your name change.

Adult Name Change (No Marriage or Divorce)

If you are an adult living in the State of Hawaii, the forms available within this tutorial will allow you to formally request a name change. The forms are meant to be used by an individual applicant. If you would instead prefer to change the names of multiple members in your family, select the applicable option below to download the filing package which suits your needs.

Additional Filing Packages:

Note: Your application can be filled in online using the Lieutenant Governor’s website. You will need to create an account in order to use this service. Once your application information has been provided, a $50 filing fee and a $5 portal fee must be paid by credit card (additional fees may apply). Your paperwork can then be downloaded and printed. You should see a barcode on each of the forms. If you do not see a barcode, try printing the forms once again on a different printer. When the forms are ready, proceed to step 5 below.

Step 1 – Fill-in Petition

Download the adult name change Petition and fill it in with the requisite information. This document will need to be signed in front of a notary public who has been commissioned by the State of Hawaii. Therefore, you must not fill in the signature field in sections (10) and (12), and you must not complete the notary public area in section (13). These sections will be completed at a later point in the process.

Step 2 – Complete Notice of Change of Name

All change of name applications submitted to the Lieutenant Governor’s office must be presented to the general public via an article published in a local newspaper. The document required by the newspaper for publication is the Notice of Change of Name. Fill in the form completely except for the Lieutenant Governor’s signature field.

Step 3 – Prepare Order Form

An additional document needed in preparation for publication is the Order form. Prepare the form by entering your personal information only. The remaining areas of the form will be completed by the Lieutenant Governor after receiving proof that your article has been published by the newspaper.

Step 4 – Supply Additional Information on Fact Sheet

Use the Fact Sheet to supply the Lieutenant Governor’s office with some additional information. This document will mention your previous marriages, names and birth dates of your children (if applicable), and some other personal details.

Step 5 – Obtain Certified Copy of Birth Certificate

Along with the documents mentioned above, your Petition will need to include a certified copy of your original birth certificate, issued from the state or country where you were born. The certified copy must be dated no more than ninety (90) days prior to the date you submit your filings. If the certificate is written in a foreign language, it must be translated into English and authenticated by a notary public.

  • A certified copy of a birth certificate issued in Hawaii can be obtained on the Hawaii State Department of Health website.
  • If you were born outside of the U.S., you must also include an original certificate of naturalization or an alien registration card, and your passport (if applicable).

Step 6 – Notarize Petition

Your written Petition must be taken to a notary public who has been commissioned by the State of Hawaii. Find a Notary in your city by conducting a search on the Department of the Attorney General website. When in the presence of the notary, provide your signature on the Petition. The notary will notarize the document by completing the remaining portion of the form. Your paperwork must be filed within thirty (30) days of notarization.

Step 7 – Make Copies

You will need to make an additional five (5) copies of the Order form which you prepared in step 3. Furthermore, for your personal records, you should have several photocopies made for each form that has been completed thus far.

Step 8 – File with Lieutenant Governor’s Office

Your filing package can be mailed or hand-delivered to the following address: Office of the Lieutenant Governor, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street, 5th Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.

Ensure that the following documents are included with your filings:

  • Name change documents
    • Petition (notarized within 30 days of filing)
    • Notice of Change of Name
    • Order (6 copies in total)
    • Fact Sheet
    • Certified copy of birth certificate (issued within 90 days of filing)
  • Additional documents (if applicable)
    • Paternity documents showing legal rights of father (if not listed on birth certificate)
    • Divorce decree, marriage certificate, or civil union license
    • Death certificate of deceased parent
    • Adoption decree
    • Guardianship forms
    • Prior name change documents
  • Self-addressed and stamped envelopes
    • One (1) #10 envelope with the first-class stamp attached
    • One (1) large flat manila envelope with $2 stamp attached
  • Filing fee of $50 – Do not include if your documents were filled in online
    • If filing by mail, pay with a money order or cashier’s check made out to the “Office of the Lieutenant Governor”
    • Personal checks are not excepted
    • Cash is only accepted if you submit your filings in person

Step 9 – Publish Notice

After you submit your filings, the Lieutenant Governor will sign your Notice form and return it to you by mail. You must then mail or hand-deliver the form to a newspaper of general circulation so that it can be published (Star Adviser can be used for publication). It must be published at least one (1) time within sixty (60) calendar days after it is signed by the Lieutenant Governor. There will be a fee to cover the cost of publication. Contact the newspaper in advance for rates.

Step 10 – Request Affidavit

Request that the newspaper makes you an Affidavit after the article has been published. Ask the newspaper to send the original Affidavit to the Lieutenant Governor’s office within sixty (60) days after it has been signed. Ask the newspaper to provide you with a copy of the Affidavit for your personal records.

After the Affidavit is received by Lieutenant Governor’s office, the original Order form, and the five (5) copies, will be completed by the Lieutenant Governor and returned to you by mail.

Step 11 – File Order Form

The original Order form must be filed with the Bureau of Conveyances within sixty (60) days after it is signed by the Lieutenant Governor. A $41 filing fee is required. You can file the form by mail or in person.

  • File by Mail – Bureau of Conveyances, Post Office Box 2867, Honolulu, HI 96803
    • Include a check or money order made out to the “Bureau of Conveyances”
  • File in Person – Bureau of Conveyances, Kalanimoku Building, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
    • Cash payments are also accepted

Your name will officially be changed after the Order form has been accepted by the Bureau of Conveyances.

Driver’s License

A Hawaii driver’s license cannot be updated until the Social Security Administration (SSA) has been notified of the name change and a new social security card has been requested. You will need to submit the following documents to an SSA office:

Review the list of accepted documents to see what items can be used. After requesting a new card, proceed by applying for a new driver’s license. The application process with the Hawaii DMV differs from county to county.

Maui and Kauai Counties

To change your name in the counties of Maui or Kauai, you will need to appear in person at a DMV and request a duplicate driver’s license. This can be accomplished by submitting the following to the DMV:

  • Name change documents (e.g., marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order)
  • Current Hawaii driver’s license
  • Payment for the fee ($7 in Kauai, $10 in Maui)

The DMV may require additional documents. Contact their offices prior to your arrival for more information.

Hawaii County

You can change the name on your Hawaii County driver’s license by going to a local DMV office and submitting following documents:

  • Proof of name change (e.g., marriage certificate, divorce decree)
  • Current Hawaii driver’s license
    •  If you are unable to show your driver’s license, you can bring two (2) items which prove your identity, such as your birth certificate or social security card
  • Driver’s License Application
  • Payment for the $6 fee

If your license is due for a renewal, you may be eligible to change your name at a renewal office.

Honolulu County

In order to change the name on your driver’s license in Honolulu County, visit a local DMV office and submit the following:

In addition to providing the above documents, you will also need to pass a vision test and have your fingerprints taken.

Voter Registration

If your name has recently been changed, you will need to update the name on your voter registration. You can do this online using the State of Elections website, or you can submit a new Voter Registration Form to a County Clerk’s Office.

If you are in the process of changing your name and have yet to submit your forms to the Lieutenant Governor’s office, you can include a Survey Sheet with your filings to also update your voter registration.

Minor (Child) Name Change

A minor resident of the State of Hawaii may have their name changed upon the filing of a Petition with the Lieutenant Governor’s office. The Petition may be filed by both natural parents or by a legal guardian of the child. If there is only one (1) natural parent filing the Petition, the petitioner must obtain the written consent of the other parent.

You will find forms available below which should be used by one (1) of the child’s parents (or legal guardians) as well as forms to be used when both parents are filing together. Ensure that you download the correct forms as you proceed.

If you are attempting to change your own name in addition to the name of your child or children, there are other filing packages which might be more suited to your needs.

Additional Filing Packages:

Note: There is an online portal on the Lieutenant Governor’s website through which you can enter your filing information. If you decide to use the online portal, you must create an account. The requisite forms will be available for download in PDF after you pay for the processing fees by credit card. You must pay a $50 filing fee and a $5 service fee (additional fees may be required). After the forms are printed, check to see if you can find a barcode somewhere on the document. If you do not see the barcode, try printing the forms again using a different printer. Proceed to step 5 below once the forms have been printed correctly.

Step 1 – Fill-in Petition

A written Petition must be completed for the purposes of stating the personal information of the petitioner and describing the reason for the name change. There are two Petition forms available for download below. The first form shall be used when both of the child’s parents are able to sign. The other form is to be used when only one (1) of the child’s parent is able to sign.

Do not sign the Petition until in the presence of a notary public.

Step 2 – Complete Notice of Name Change

When you file your paperwork with the Lieutenant Governor’s office, you will be required to publish a legal classified ad in a newspaper. The Notice of Name Change document will be used for this purpose. Download and complete the form which corresponds with your filing circumstance.

Step 3 – Prepare Order Form

An Order form is a document that will be signed by the Lieutenant Governor after your article has been published in a newspaper. Prepare the Order form by filling it in with the requisite information. Be sure to leave the “published on” area blank. Do not date or sign the document.

  • Name Change by Both Parents – Order
  • Name Change by Parent – Order

Step 4 – Complete Fact Sheet

Some additional personal information must be provided on a Fact Sheet. There shall be one (1) Fact Sheet completed for each parent, regardless of whether or not both parents are filing together. Download the correct set of forms and fill them in with the necessary information.

Step 5 – Obtain Certified Copy of Birth Certificate

A certified copy of the child’s birth certificate must be obtained and included with your filings. The certificate must be issued from the child’s state or country of birth, and it must be issued within ninety (90) days prior to filing with the Lieutenant Governor’s office. A certified copy of a Hawaii birth certificate can be obtained through the Hawaii State Department of Health website.

  • Certificates written in a foreign language must be translated to English and notarized
  • If you were not born in the U.S., you will need to include an original certificate of naturalization or alien registration card, and your passport (if applicable)

You must also include a photocopy of each parent’s birth certificate. All documents will be returned at the end of the process.

Step 6 – Consent of Child

If the child is at least ten (10) years old, they will be required to sign a consent form. Prepare the consent form and provide your signature. The child must review the form and sign. If you are filing together with the child’s other parent, the individual must also sign the consent form.

Step 7 – Consent of Non-Petitioning Parent

If the name change is being requested by a sole parent, and the other parent has not signed the Petition, you will need to have the other parent appear before a notary public and complete a Consent to Change of Name form in the presence of the notary.

Note: This form is not be required if you are the child’s legal guardian.

Step 8 – Notarize Petition

Your written Petition must be taken to a notary public and signed in the notary’s presence. The notary must be commissioned by the State of Hawaii (search for an approved notary on the Department of the Attorney General website). After signing the document, the notary will fill out the remaining portion of the Petition and return it to you. This document must be filed with the Lieutenant Governor’s office within thirty (30) days of notarization.

Step 9 – Make Copies

Have five (5) photocopies of the Order form made. These copies will be needed when you submit your filings. Furthermore, you should also make several copies of all previously completed forms.

Step 10 – Prepare Filing Package

The following documents must be prepared and ready to be submitted to the Lieutenant Governor’s office:

  • Name change documents
    • Petition (notarized within 30 days of filing)
    • Notice of Change of Name
    • Order (6 copies in total)
    • Fact Sheet – Mother
    • Fact Sheet – Father
    • Consent to Change of Name – Child (if applicable)
    • Consent to Change of Name – Non-Petitioning Parent (if applicable)
    • Certified copy of birth certificate (issued within 90 days)
  • Additional documents (if applicable)
    • Paternity documents showing rights of father (if not mentioned on birth certificate)
    • Marriage certificate, civil union license, or divorce decree
    • Death certificate of deceased parent
    • Adoption decree
    • Guardianship forms
    • Prior name change forms
  • Self-addressed and stamped envelopes
    • One (1) #10 envelope with first class stamp affixed
    • One (1) large flat manila envelope with $2 stamp affixed
  • Payment for the $50 fee – Do not include if your forms were prepared online
    • If filing by mail, make your check or money order payable to the “Office of the Lieutenant Governor”
    • Cash will only be accepted if you hand-deliver your filing package
    • Personal checks will not be accepted

Step 10 – File with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office

Mail or hand-deliver your completed filing package to the Lieutenant Governor’s office at the following address: Office of the Lieutenant Governor, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street, 5th Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.

Step 11 – Publish Notice

Once your filings have been processed, your Notice of Change of Name form will be signed by the Lieutenant Governor and sent back to you through the mail. You must then deliver the Notice form to a newspaper of general circulation so it can be published. The Star Adviser newspaper is recommended for use by the Lieutenant Governor’s office. A publication fee will be required. For rates, contact the newspaper prior to submitting the form for publication.

The newspaper must publish the article at least one (1) time within the first sixty (60) days after the Notice has been signed by the Lieutenant Governor. After publication, ask the newspaper to issue an Affidavit proving that the article was published. Request for the newspaper to send the original Affidavit to the Lieutenant Governor’s office within the previously mentioned sixty (60) day timeframe. The newspaper should also send you a copy of the Affidavit.

Step 11 – File Order Form with Bureau of Conveyances 

Upon receiving the Affidavit from the newspaper, the Lieutenant Governor will sign your Order form as well as the five (5) photocopies. These documents will be returned to you by mail. After receiving the documents, file the original Order form with the Bureau of Conveyances and keep the photocopies for your personal records. There will be a $41 filing fee demanded by the Bureau.

  • By Mail – Bureau of Conveyances, Post Office Box 2867, Honolulu, HI 96803
    • Attach a check or money order made payable to the “Bureau of Conveyances”
  • In person – Bureau of Conveyances, Kalanimoku Building, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, HI
    • Pay by cash, check, or money order

The name change process is complete once the Bureau of Conveyances files your Order form.


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