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Originally posted by Beldy
I've been divorced for 12 years now and I want my maiden name back. I just don't feel like "me" when I say or read my name current name.
1. Go to the office of the clerk for the district court of the county where you reside. Present at least two current forms of identification -- a driver's license and social security card, for example. Explain your case and ask for a Petition for a Change of Name. You can change the name on your driver's license and social security card subsequent to petition processing.
2. Fill in the form completely according to instructions. Include your current name, social security number and driver's license information and the reason for your name change. Check the appropriate box and fill in the necessary information regarding criminal convictions or status as a registered sex offender. Sign the document and have it notarized. Continue to the next step if you are a registered sex offender or have been charged with a felony. Skip to step four if you have never been convicted in this manner.
3. Contact the County Sheriff's office and inform administrators of your intent to change your name. Fill out any necessary forms prior to submitting any documentation or completing the name-change process. You must first be pardoned of all felony convictions or have served due time on parole before a name change is approved, according to a judge's discretion. Reach out to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for additional information.
4. Get fingerprinted, if required, at the Texas Department of Public Safety. Fingerprints may be required for citizens interested in changing their name. Fingerprinting helps ensure your petition includes accurate information and you are not attempting to change your identity to hide from crimes or outstanding arrest warrants.
5. Submit your petition and any processing fees to the clerk. Include any supplemental documentation -- a marriage license or divorce decree, for example -- as grounds for the name change. If you are a convicted sex offender, include the necessary documentation indicating that a name change is allowed. Follow up with the clerk seven to 10 days after submitting your petition to confirm that fingerprint records have been received and the name change is confirmed.
6. Contact the Social Security Administration and obtain an Application for a Social Security Card to change your name. Go to your local Texas DPS office to change your name on your driver's license. Provide a copy of your court-approved petition for verification purposes.