Idaho Name Change Forms – How to Change Your Name in ID

An Idaho name change form can be used by a resident of Idaho to request a legal name change with the courthouse in their county. These documents shall be used when the applicant is changing their own name, or their child’s name, for reasons other than marriage or divorce. The applicant must clearly state the reason for the name change on a written Petition before submitting it for review by the court. If the reason is valid and the request is approved by a judge, the applicant will be issued a court order providing evidence of the change.

Laws § 7-802

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Name Change After Marriage

When filling out your marriage license application, you will have the option of specifying the surname that you would like to use once you’re married. This name can be either your spouse’s last name, a hyphenated name combining both last names, or your current last name. Once you are officially married, you will receive a certified copy of your marriage license. This document should be taken to the Social Security Administration and the DMV to update your personal records.

Name Change After Divorce

A request to restore your former name can be made when completing your Petition for Divorce. Within the Petition, there is a section dedicated to name changes. You will need to enter your current name as well as the name which is to be restored. When your divorce is final and your decree has been received, you may use either the original decree or a certified copy to update your personal accounts, such as your social security card and driver’s license.

Adult Name Change (No Marriage or Divorce)

The name change process for adults in Idaho can be executed by filing a Petition for Name Change with the courthouse in your county. In the heading of the Petition, and in the headings of all accompanying documents, you must enter the judicial district and county name in capital letters. Just below the heading, beside the “IN RE” line, enter your full legal name. Any other areas of the forms that do not apply must be filled in with “N/A” or “none.”

Step 1 – Petition for Name Change

Begin the process by filling out a Petition for Name Change. Complete all areas of the Petition except for the case number and filing fee information. There is an area on the form in which you must enter the name of a newspaper that circulates in your county. Select one (1) of the State approved newspapers and enter its name in the applicable area.

Step 2 – Notice of Hearing on Name Change

Notice of your name change request must be presented to the general public via publication in a local newspaper. The form needed for publication is the Notice of Hearing on Name Change. Fill in the Notice form with the requisite Petition information. The remainder of the document will be completed by a clerk of the court.

Step 3 – Letter Requesting Publication

Next, you will need to prepare a document which will notify the newspaper of your request for publication. Download the Letter Requesting Publication and input your contact information. Sign the document and attach it to your filings.

Step 4 – Judgment for Name Change

If your Petition is approved by the court, a judge will sign the Judgment for Name Change form. This document indicates to government offices and other agencies that the change is legal. Prepare the form by filling it in with your personal details.

Step 5 – General Civil Case Information Sheet

A General Civil Case Information Sheet must be completed and presented to the clerk upon submission of your filings. This document will provide the court with some additional personal information such as your date of birth, driver’s license number, and alternate phone numbers.

Step 6 – Make Copies

Prepare one (1) copy of your Petition and two (2) copies of your Notice for Hearing on Name Change. These copies will be required when you file with the court. You should also make additional copies of all previously completed documents for your personal records.

Note: A certified copy of the Judgement for Name Change form will serve as evidence of your name change. Make several copies of the Judgement form as they will be needed for certification.

Step 7 – File with a Clerk

Go to a clerk’s office in your county and submit the following documents to the clerk:

  • Petition for Name Change (original and one (1) copy)
  • Notice of Hearing on Name Change (original and two (2) copies)
  • General Civil Case Information Sheet

A filing fee must be paid at the time of filing (current fees can be found on this webpage). You may pay with cash or money order; personal checks are not be accepted. If you feel that your income is too low to be able to afford the filing fee, you can request an exemption by filing a Motion and Affidavit for Fee Waiver along with an Order Re: Fee Waiver.

Step 8 – Schedule Hearing

After paying the filing fee, or after your fee waiver has been approved by a judge, ask the clerk to schedule your hearing at least six (6) weeks in the future. The clerk will write your hearing information on the Notice form and the two (2) photocopies. Depending on the policies of the court, you will be given back either the original Notice and the two (2) copies, or just the two (2) copies.

Step 9 – Publication of Notice

Deliver the Letter for Publication and a copy of the Notice form to the newspaper selected in step 1. The newspaper will publish the Notice at least one (1) time each week for four (4) consecutive weeks (a publication fee may be required). After publication, you will be provided with an Affidavit of Publication from the newspaper. The Affidavit must be mailed or hand-delivered to the courthouse. If the original Notice form was returned to you after your paperwork was filed with the clerk, you can include the form when you file your Affidavit of Publication.

Step 10 – Attend Hearing

Arrive at the courthouse for your hearing on the date and time set by the clerk. Be sure to bring the original Judgement for Name Change form and as many copies as needed for certification. The judge will review your case and, if necessary, ask you to respond to questions under oath.

If your request is approved by the judge, he or she will sign the Judgement for Name Change. Ask the clerk to make you certified copies of this document. If you remembered to bring photocopies of the form to your hearing, a certified copy can be obtained for a fee of $.50 per page plus a $1 fee for the seal. If you did not bring any copies, the fee for a certified copy will be $1 per page plus a $1 seal fee.

Driver’s License

An Idaho driver’s license cannot be updated until a new social security card has been applied for. To apply for a new social security card, complete the Application (Form SS-5) and submit it to a Social Security Administration (SSA) office. In addition to the application, you must submit the following documents:

  • Name change document (e.g., marriage certificate or divorce decree)
  • Proof of date of birth (e.g., birth certificate or passport)
  • Proof of identity (e.g., driver’s license or ID card)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship OR lawful presence in the country including your I-94

A complete list of documents accepted by the SSA can be found here.

After applying for a new social security card, you can update your driver’s license by visiting an Idaho DMV and submitting the following:

  • Current Idaho driver’s license
  • Name change document (e.g., marriage certificate, court order)
  • Payment for the $15 fee

Additional documents may be required. Contact the DMV prior to your visit for more information on what will be needed.

Voter Registration

After changing your name in Idaho, you can update the voter registration information on file with the County Elections Office by filing a new Voter Registration Form (select the box in section (8) to specify a change of name). Deliver the form in person or by mail to one (1) of the elections offices found on page 2 of the Voter Registration Form.

Minor (Child) Name Change

A minor’s name can be changed if the application is filed by one (1) or both of the child’s parents, or by a legal guardian. If the child has a natural parent who does not consent to the name change, the individual(s) must be served with copies of the completed paperwork no less than thirty (30) days before the scheduled court hearing.

Step 1 – Petition for Name Change

The application used for minor name changes is the Petition for Name Change. There are two (2) types of applications available; one for an individual child and one for multiple children. Download the applicable form below and fill it in completely. The “Case No.” will be provided to you when you file with the court. The filing fee information can be seen here.

In section D, item (4), you will need to enter the name of a newspaper which has been approved for publication by the court. Review the list of approved newspapers and select one (1) that circulates in your county.

Step 2 – Notice of Hearing on Name Change

After you submit your filings, you will need to publish a notice of your Petition in a newspaper. The document which the newspaper must publish is the Notice of Hearing on Name Change. Select the form below which corresponds with your filing circumstance and fill it in with your Petition details. The hearing information will be filled in by a clerk.

Step 3 – Letter Requesting Publication

The Letter Requesting Publication will be used to notify the newspaper of the publication requirement and to request a certificate of publication. Fill out the Letter and attach it to your filings.

Step 4 – Judgment for Name Change

Approval of the child’s name change will be indicated on a Judgment for Name Change form. Prepare the form by entering the Petition information only. The document will be dated and signed by a judge upon approval of the Petition.

Step 5 – General Civil Case Information Sheet

General Civil Case Information Sheet must be completed and attached to your filings. This document provides the court with additional information pertaining to the applicant(s). If the request is being made on behalf of multiple children, each minor’s information must be entered.

Step 6 – Make Copies

You will need to make one (1) copy of the Petition for Name Change and two (2) copies of the Notice of Hearing on Name Change. Next, make as many copies of the Judgment form as you will need to have certified; government agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, will require a certified copy of the Judgement form as proof of the change. Furthermore, it is recommended that you make extra copies of your completed documents for your personal records.

Step 7 – File with a Clerk

Visit a filing location in your county and submit your paperwork to a clerk. You will need to have the following items with you when you file:

  • Petition for Name Change (plus one (1) copy)
  • Notice of Hearing on Name Change (plus two (2) copies)
  • General Civil Case Information Sheet
  • Filing fee (see current rates)

The filing fee can be paid by cash or money order. Personal checks cannot be used. If you have a low income and feel that you are unable to afford the filing fee, an exemption can be requested by filing a Motion and Affidavit for Fee Waiver along with an Order Re: Fee Waiver. Note that filing these documents will not guarantee an exemption.

Step 8 – Schedule Hearing

After your paperwork has been filed and the filing fee (or waiver) has been processed, ask the clerk to schedule your hearing. The date you choose should be at least six (6) weeks after the date of filing. Your hearing date will be written on your Notice of Hearing on Name Change as well as the (2) photocopies. The clerk will then return either the photocopies only, or they will return the original Notice plus the photocopies, depending on the policies of the courthouse.

Step 9 – Publication of Notice

Send the Letter Requesting Publication, and a copy of the Notice of Hearing on Name Change, to the newspaper designated in your Petition. The newspaper will publish the article one (1) time each week for a period of four (4) consecutive weeks. An Affidavit of Publication will be issued and delivered to you after the article has been published. File the Affidavit of Publication with the courthouse in your county. If the original Notice of Hearing on Name Change was given to you by the clerk, include this as well when filing the Affidavit.

Step 10 – Consent of Other Parent

If the child’s other parent did not sign the Petition, that individual must complete either the Parental Consent to Name Change (Minor) or be served with copies of all your filings. Both procedures must be executed no less than thirty (30) prior to your hearing. If you plan to serve the individual with copies, an Affidavit of Service must be completed and filed with the court. Visit this webpage for information on how to serve the other parent.

If you are the child’s guardian, you must notify the parent(s) using the applicable procedure above. If either parent is deceased, or if you are unaware of their current addresses, you must serve the child’s grandparents no less than twenty (20) days before your hearing.

Step 11 – Attend Hearing

The final step in the process is to appear before a judge at your hearing. Visit the courthouse on your scheduled date and time. Be sure to bring the following documents:

  • Judgment for Name Change and additional copies to be certified
  • Parental Consent to Name Change (if applicable)
  • Affidavit of Service (if applicable)

You may be asked to respond to questions regarding the purpose of the name change. The judge will review your case and make a judgment. If the request is authorized, the judge will sign the original Judgement form. Ask to have certified copies of the form made for a fee of $.50 per page plus a $1 fee for the stamp. If you forgot to bring photocopies of the Judgment form, the fee will be $1 per page plus a stamp fee of $1.