Name Change PA

Name Change PA

Changing Your Name in PA

Steps to Take

  • Fill out necessary forms (Click FORMS to access)
  • Print all of the forms, including multiple copies of certain forms if needed.
  • All necessary signatures must be witnessed and notarized by a Notary Public.
  • Make arrangements to have your fingerprints taken.
  • File the necessary forms with your local Court of Common Pleas. At this time, you will also submit a set of fingerprints to your local courthouse for transmittal to the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository.
  • Pay the filing fee.
  • Make arrangements to publish in your local newspaper a notice of the proposed name change (only if required by your local jurisdiction; most jurisdictions require this; publication requirements can be waived and records can be sealed for the applicant’s safety).
  • Appear in person before the Court as necessary (most cases involve a hearing).

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