Missouri Name Change Forms – How to Change Your Name in MO

Missouri name change forms are used by residents in order to have their name legally changed. In most instances, a name change will be authorized as long as there is no suspicion that the request is being made for fraudulent or criminal purposes. Name changes in relation to marriage or divorce are most common and can easily be made as a part of the marriage/divorce proceedings. Any name change request made outside of a marriage or divorce must be conducted by submitting a petition to the circuit court of the county in which the subject resides. For an individual under eighteen (18) years of age to be changed, a petition must be submitted on their behalf by a parent or legal guardian. After an individual changes their name, they will need to obtain a certified copy of their proof of name change in order to update their accounts, registrations, and identification.

Laws – §527.270§527.290

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Name Change After Marriage

In Missouri, an individual can change their last name during marriage by indicating their new last name, along with their birth name, on their marriage license application. Once the marriage has been performed, a certified copy of the couple’s marriage license must be obtained from the county recorder’s office. This certified copy will be used as proof of name change when the individual updates their personal information with the DMV, SSA, etc.

Name Change After Divorce

In Missouri, it is relatively easy for a person to revert to their previous last name as a part of divorce proceedings. All they need to do is include their name change in their petition for divorce. Once the divorce is final, the subject may use a certified copy of their divorce decree as their proof of name change.

Adult Name Change (No Marriage or Divorce)

In order for Missouri residents to legally change their name, they must submit a petition to the circuit court of the county in which they reside. Upon approval of a name change request, notice of the name change must be published for a minimum of three (3) weeks. Petitioners must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, be a resident of the county in which they are filing their request, and not be changing their name for fraudulent or criminal purposes.

Step 1 – Fill-in Petition for Change of Name

In order to request a name change, you must fill out the Petition for Change of Name (Form CAFC401) (except for page four (4), which must be completed in the presence of a notary public). This document outlines your current name, what your new name will be and details your personal information.

Step 2 – Notarize Petition for Change of Name 

Once your petition has been filled out, you will need to have your signature witnessed and verified by a notary public. For a small fee, you can have your document notarized at a UPS Store, a bank, or by a private notary. Bring your document and a photo ID to the notary. After the notary has identified you and you have signed the petition in their presence, they will notarize it by providing their signature, commission expiry date, and notary seal.

Step 3 – Gather Documents

Before filing your completed petition, you should contact the circuit court in your county in order to ascertain what the filing fees and procedure for a name change petition in your area are. You should bring the following documents to the county court when you file your petition:

  • Notarized Petition for Change of Name
  • Photo ID
  • Proof of address (utility bill, government check, voter registration, etc.)
  • Filing fee (varies from one county to another)

Step 4 – File Petition with Circuit Court

You can file your Petition for Change of Name at the circuit court of the county in which you reside with the Clerk of Court during office hours. It is recommended that you obtain one (1) or two (2) certified copies of your petition from the clerk.

Step 5 – Pay Filing Fee

The court will charge you a filing fee, the cost of which will vary depending on your county. If you are unable to pay this fee, you can apply to have the court fees waived by filing an In Forma Pauperis Application (GN10) with your petition.

Step 6 – Attend Possible Hearing

It is unlikely that there will be a hearing regarding your name change, but if there is, you will be informed of the court date by the Clerk of Court. On the date of the hearing, the judge will hear any objection and consider your case.

Step 7 – Receive Judgment

Once the judge has rendered a decision regarding your case, they will fill out the Judgment for Change of Name (Form CAFC470) indicating whether your petition has been approved or not.

Step 8 – Publish Name Change

After a name change has been granted, notice of the name change must be published within twenty (20) days of the judgment being given. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can request to nullify this requirement. Otherwise, publication must occur at least once per week for a minimum of three (3) weeks in a newspaper which has distribution in your county. First, you will need to fill out the Request for Publication after Judgment of Change of Name form and file it with your circuit court. This form outlines your name change, as well as where and when you will publish notice. Next, you will have to make arrangements for publications with a local newspaper and pay the required publication fee. After the publication period is completed, the publishing newspaper will send you a Notice of Publication. File this notice with the circuit court. Once this has been accomplished, the name change process will be final and you can officially update your identity to reflect your new name by using a certified copy of the court order approving your name change.

Driver’s License

To update your name on your Missouri driver’s license and vehicle title, you will need to visit your local Department of Revenue (DOR) Office and apply for a duplicate card or card renewal (if eligible). You will need to bring the following documents to prove your identity:

  • Proof of name change (marriage license, divorce decree, court order, or updated social security card)
  • Current driver’s license/photo ID
  • Proof of address (voter registration, utility bill, government check, etc.)

You will have a new photo taken on site and be required to pay the associated fees. Your updated license will either be given to you at the DOR Office or sent to you by mail.

Voter Registration

Once a resident’s name has been changed, they should change the name on their voter registration so that they can vote with their new identity. Voter registration information will be updated by the individual’s county clerk upon receipt of a completed Missouri Voter Registration Form, which can be sent by mail or delivered in person. The subject must indicate that they are filling out this form for a name change in line three (3) of the document. Confirmation of the updated voter registration should be given within seven (7) days.

Minor (Child) Name Change

In order for a minor (a resident who is under eighteen (18) years old) to have their name changed, a petition must be made to the court on their behalf by their parent(s) or legal guardian. In some circumstances, the minor may give the court authority as a “Next Friend” to pursue the request for a name change. When considering a name change request for a minor, the court will examine how the name change will affect the child and what the justification for the name change is.

Step 1 – Fill-in Petition for Change of Name by Parent (or Next Friend)

In order to request that the name of a minor be changed, you will need to fill out a petition for a name change on their behalf. If you are the child’s parent, fill out the Petition for Change of Name by Parent (CAFC402), otherwise fill out the Petition for Change of Name by Next Friend (Form CA402). Be sure to leave the signature fields and notary section blank because these must be completed in the presence of a notary public.

Step 2 – Notarize Petition for Change of Name 

Next, you will need to locate a notary public near you. You can find one at your local bank, UPS Store, or you can find a private notary in your area. Make an appointment with the notary and arrive at the appointment with your unsigned petition and a photo ID. The notary public will officially notarize your document once they have identified you and witness your signature.

Step 3 – Obtain Notarized Consent (If Applicable)

Both of the minor’s parents must give their notarized consent to authorize the name change. Furthermore, if the minor is fourteen (14) years of age or older, they must also give their written consent. Consent is obtained by having the individual fill out the Consent to Minor Child’s Change of Name (Form CAFC412) and sign the document in the presence of a notary public. If you are unable to obtain written consent from the non-consenting parent(s), the Clerk of Court will send a copy of the petition, along with a notice stating the date of hearing, to the other parent’s last known address by registered mail.

Step 4 – Gather Documents

When you go to the circuit court, you must have the following documents assembled:

  • Notarized Petition for Change of Name
  • Notarized Consent to Minor Child’s Change of Name form
  • Photo ID
  • Minor’s birth certificate
  • Proof of address

Step 5 – File Petition with Circuit Court

File the Petition for Change of Name and attached documents at the circuit court of the county in which the minor is a resident. While there, you should obtain certified copies of the petition and consent forms to keep for your records.

Step 6 – Pay Filing Fee

The cost of filing a name change petition is often available online through the website of your local court. It is recommended that you verify the filing fee and payment method for your court before filing the petition. If you are unable to afford the costs of changing the minor’s name, you may apply to waive the court fees by filing an Affidavit to Proceed as a Poor Person with the Clerk of Court.

Step 7 – Attend Possible Hearing

For the name change of a minor, a court hearing will usually be required. If there is a hearing, you must attend it. On the hearing date, the judge will hear any argument against your petition. If the judge approves the name change, they will sign the Judgment for Change of Name of Minor Child (CAFC472). In the event that no hearing is required, you can prepare an unsigned judgment form and file it with the Clerk of Court.

Step 8 – Publish Name Change

A maximum of twenty (20) days after a judgment has been made, you will have to publish notice of the minor’s name change. In order to accomplish this, you will need to submit a Request for Publication after Judgment of Change of Name (for Minor) to the Clerk of Court and to a local county newspaper. In the event that one of the minor’s parents has not given their consent, you must also submit a Request for Service by Publication Form. Publication of the minor’s name change must be made at least once per week for three (3) consecutive weeks. The newspaper will send the Clerk of Court a notice of publication, after which point the minor’s name change will be official. Be sure to obtain a certified copy of the Judgment for Change of Name of Minor Child to use a proof of name change when updating the child’s identity. If the child is a victim of abuse or if there is another justification, publication may be averted upon request.