Indiana Name Change Forms – How to Change Your Name in IN

Updated December 02, 2021

An Indiana name change form can be used to request a legal name change for any adult or minor living in the State. Individuals who are looking to change a minor spelling error on a birth certificate needn’t file the name change forms; all corrections and amendments shall be made directly with the Indiana Department of Health. Furthermore, those who are in the process of getting married or divorced can change their names during their marriage/divorce proceedings. Name changes for any other reasons shall be done using the forms provided below.

Laws § 34-28-2

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Name Change After Marriage

Fill out your Indiana marriage license application using the new last name that you would like to use and file the application at a clerk’s office. After the license has been issued and the marriage ceremony has taken place, order a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the Vital Records department ($2 fee). This document can be used to update your social security card, driver’s license, and other personal records.

Name Change After Divorce

If you are a woman who has yet to file your divorce petition, you can request a name change by creating a policy within your petition which states the desired name. The court will grant the name change at the time the decree of dissolution is entered. Next, request a certified copy of your divorce decree from the clerk’s office in your county. The certified copy can be used to update your name with the Social Security Administration, DMV, and other agencies.

Adult Name Change (No Marriage or Divorce)

The Indiana adult name change forms can be downloaded and filled in using the instructions below. However, by responding to the questions found in the Electronic Fillable Packet, the forms can be filled in automatically. If you choose to use the electronic fillable packet, you must print off the completed forms before proceeding to step (6).

Note: The heading of each form should be filled in the same. Enter the county name in the first two (2) available spaces. Below “IN RE THE NAME CHANGE OF:” enter your full name. Leave the “CASE NO.” line blank. Also, certain forms have three (3) empty lines below the signature field. In these spaces, enter your full name, mailing address (street), followed by your city, state, and zip code.

Step 1 – Personal and Contact Information

Your personal and contact information will be relayed to the court via the Appearance by Self-Represented Person in Civil Case form. In section (1) of the Appearance form, print your full name only (leave remaining spaces unfilled). Do not fill in section (3), section (5), and section (6). All remaining sections of the Appearance form should be completed.

Step 2 – Verified Petition for Name Change

The Verified Petition for Name Change form will inform the court of the reason for your name change as well as the new name that you would like to use. In section (6), you will need to enter the name of the document that you will use to show evidence of your U.S. citizenship. Visit this webpage for a list of accepted documents. All other spaces of the form should be filled in completely. Do not sign the document until you are in the presence of a notary public.

Step 3 – Notice of Petition for Change of Name

After you file with the circuit court, a notice of your request will need to be published in a local newspaper (instructions in step 9). The form needed for publication is the Notice of Petition for Change of Name. Prepare the form by filling in the applicable fields and signing your name.

Note: The date and time of your hearing will be given to you by a clerk when you file your paperwork.

Step 4 – Notice of Filing Proof of Publication

You will need to sign a document stating that proper publication measures have been taken. The document used for this purpose is the Notice of Filing Proof of Publication. Fill out all areas of the document and provide your signature.

Step 5 – Order on Verified Petition for Change of Name

Approval of your request for a name change will be recorded on an Order on Verified Petition for Change of Name form. Fill out the form completely except for the judge’s signature and the area designated for the date.

Step 6 – Notarize Petition

You will need to sign the Verified Petition for Name Change in front of a notary public. A notary can often be found at local government offices, courthouses, and banks. A small notarization fee may be required.

Step 7 – Make Copies

Produce several photocopies of the previously completed forms. You will need to have a set of copies printed and ready for submission to the court. Certain counties may require additional photocopies (review the local court rules to see if more copies are required). You should also make a set of photocopies for your personal records.

Step 8 – File With a Circuit Clerk

Gather your original forms, a set of copies, and the filing fee (contact the court in your county to determine the fee) and submit all items to a clerk. Your forms will be stamped by the clerk and the copies will be returned. Next, ask the clerk to notify you of the date and time of your court hearing. Enter the hearing information on the Notice of Petition for Name Change.

Step 9 – Publish Notice

Bring the completed Notice of Petition for Name Change to a local newspaper. Ask the newspaper to publish the Notice one (1) time each week for three (3) weeks in a row (a publication fee may be required). The final date of publication must be no less than thirty (30) days before the date of your hearing.

Step 10 – Proof of Publication

After the article has been published for three (3) weeks, the newspaper will issue a document showing proof that the article has been published. Make a copy of this document. Attach the original document to the Notice of Filing Proof of Publication and file it with the court.

Note: If you have been convicted of a felony within the past ten (10) years, you will need to provide a notice of your name change to the sheriff and prosecuting attorney in your county as well as the central repository for criminal history information. This must take place no less than thirty (30) days before your hearing.

Step 11 – Attend Court Hearing

Visit the courthouse and attend your hearing. Make sure you have the following documents with you:

  • Photo identification
  • Birth certificate or other proof of birth
  • Copies of all of your filed paperwork, including proof of publication

Be prepared to respond to questions relating to the reason for your name change. If the request is granted by a judge, he or she will sign the Order form and return it to you. This document will be the legal evidence of your name change. You may wish to ask a clerk to make you certified copies of the Order form as they will be needed when updating your identification documents and other records (there may be a fee for certified copies).

Driver’s License

Before the name on your driver’s license can be changed, you will need to contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) and request a new social security card. This process can be accomplished by filling out the Application for a Social Security Card and submitting it to a local office (see office locator). Along with the application, you will need to have the following documents:

  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of name change

Review this list to see what documents are accepted by the SSA. After a new social security card has been requested, wait at least one (1) business day before attempting to obtain a new driver’s license.

Your new driver’s license must be applied for within thirty (30) days of your name change. To request a new license, appear at a BMV office in person and submit the following:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of lawful U.S. presence
  • Proof of name change
  • Proof of residency
  • Filing fee (see fee chart)

Find out what documents are accepted by the BMV by reviewing this pamphlet. Additional items may be required. Contact the BMV office prior to your visit to determine the exact requirements. Your new driver’s license will be mailed to you after your filings have been processed.

Voter Registration

Updating your voter registration information to reflect your name change can be accomplished one of two ways; file a new Voter Registration Form in person or by mail, or update your information online. If you decide to update your information by mail or in person, select the “Name change” checkbox in section (1) of the form and enter your former name in section (13).

Minor (Child) Name Change

If you are at least seventeen (17) years old and you are the parent or guardian of a child, you may use the forms within this tutorial to request a change to your child’s name. As per § 34-28-2-2, you will be required to obtain the written consent of the child’s other parent. However, if the other parent has committed a crime against the child, abandoned the child, or has violated any other provision in § 31-19-9, consent may not be required.

The minor name change forms can be filled in automatically by answering the questions found in the applicable electronic fillable packet below. If you choose to use this option, print off the completed forms and proceed to step (6).

Step 1 – Personal and Contact Information

Enter your personal information and contact details on an Appearance form (available below). There are two (2) forms which can be downloaded. The first form should be used if the other parent consents to the name change. The second form should be used when consent from the other parent is not required.

When filling out section (1) of the form, enter your full name only (do not fill in the remaining spaces). Do not complete section (3), section (5), and section (6). The rest of the form should be filled in with the necessary information.

Step 2 – Verified Petition for Change of Name of Minor

The primary application used to petition the court for a name change is the Verified Petition for Name Change form. Download the form by selecting the link below which corresponds to your filing circumstance:

You must provide your signature in the presence of a notary public. A notary can usually be found at a local bank and they often demand a small fee for notarization. Furthermore, in section (6), you must mention the document used to show evidence of the child’s citizenship in the U.S. Review this webpage to see what documents are accepted.

Step 3 – Order on Verified Petition for Change of Name of Minor

An Order form must be prepared and taken with you to your court hearing. This document will be signed by a judge upon approval of the request for a name change. Select the applicable link below to download the form.

Step 4 – Notice of Filing Proof of Publication

A notice of your application for a name change will need to be published in a newspaper (more information in step 10). After publication, you will need to complete a statement indicating that proper publication procedures have been executed. Prepare the statement by filling out the applicable form below.

Step 5 – Notice of Hearing

Upon filing your paperwork with the court, you will be issued a date and time for your court hearing. This information will need to be entered on a Notice of Hearing form. Prepare this document by filling it in with the information relevant to your case.

Step 6 – Notarize Petition

A notary public will need to witness the signing of your Verified Petition for Change of Name of Minor. A notary should be available at your local bank, though you might also find a notary at certain government offices and courthouses. Take the Petition to the notary and sign the form in front of the individual (a small fee may be required).

Step 7 – Notify Other Parent

If the child has another parent, you will need to provide the court with evidence showing that you have notified the other parent or, if consent is not required, that you have made considerable efforts in trying to locate the other parent.

If Consent is Required

Serve the other parent with a copy of the Verified Petition for Name Change using the methods described in the Indiana Trial rules (see this webpage for more information). After the individual has been served, you should receive a document showing proof of service. Next, have the other parent complete a Consent to Change of Name of Minor form. Include both documents with your filings.

If Consent is Not Required

Fill out an Affidavit of Diligent Search and include it with your completed forms. This document states that you have taken efforts in finding the individual and that you are unaware of their current whereabouts.

Step 8 – Make Copies

Print a set of photocopies of your paperwork to be used for filing with the court. Additionally, you should print a set of copies for your personal records. Some courts may ask you to provide further copies. Review the local court rules to find out if this is necessary.

Step 9 – File With a Circuit Clerk

Take your original paperwork and the photocopies to a local courthouse and submit them to a clerk. You will be required to supply a filing fee upon submission (contact the courthouse for current rates in your county). After filing, the clerk will stamp your photocopies and give them back to you. The clerk will then tell you when your court hearing has been scheduled. Input your hearing information on the Notice of Petition for Name Change.

Step 10 – Publish Notice

Contact a newspaper in your county that offers publication services. Provide the newspaper with a copy of the Notice of Hearing and have them publish the Notice once a week for three (3) successive weeks (a fee may be required). Ensure that the final publication occurs at least thirty (30) days prior to your court hearing.

Step 11 – Proof of Publication

Once the Notice has been published by the newspaper for three (3) weeks, they will provide you with a document indicating proof of publication. Prepare a copy of this form for your personal files. Next, attach the original document to your Notice of Filing Proof of Publication form and file it with a clerk.

Note: If you have any criminal convictions within the past ten (10) years, you will be required to give notice of your petition to the prosecuting attorney and the sheriff in your county. You must also give notice to the central repository for criminal history information. This must be accomplished at least thirty (30) days before the date of your hearing.

Step 12 – Attend Court Hearing

Go to the courthouse for your hearing. Make sure that you bring the child’s birth certificate (or other document showing proof of birth) and photo ID. You must also have copies of your filed paperwork. Once you are in the courtroom, wait for your case number to be called and stand before the judge. Respond to the judge’s questions and await a final judgment.

If the request is approved, your Order on Verified Petition for Change of Name of Minor will be completed by the judge and given back to you. This document can be used as evidence of the change. It is recommended that you ask a clerk to make you several certified copies of the Order form as these will be needed when updating the child’s personal records (there may be a fee for this service).