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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Mar 24, 2015

Changing your name in Arizona is a fairly simple procedure that can be done for any good reason. If you want to return to your previous name after a divorce, if you want to change your child’s name to match yours, or if you simply don’t like your name and want a new one, you can do that.

Here are the legal forms you need:

  • Petition for Change of Name (also called an Application for Change of Name);
  • an Order of Name Change; and
  • a Notice of Hearing Regarding Application for Name Change.

You can find them online or in person through your county of residence’s superior court. Make sure you fill out the papers completely and that they are legible. When you get the forms, you can get complete instructions on how to file the petition.

Once you have them completed, make two copies of all your documents and take them plus the original to the superior court building in your county, and be aware that there is a filing fee that varies from county to county. From there, each county has its own procedure for setting a hearing. When you file your papers with the court, the clerk can tell you about the hearing procedure.

Arizona law requires certain things in order to hold a hearing. These requirements include:

  • You must be an adult, which officially means you must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must file the petition in the county where you reside.
  • You must have proper and reasonable cause for the requested change of name.
  • You are not changing your name to avoid debts, to defraud creditors or to infringe upon the rights of others.

General Summary of Name Change Laws
The Courts are often willing to accept name changes for almost any legitimate reason. However, the Court must find compliance with the requirements of notice. The Court must also find find the change consistent with the public interest and if the change of name is for a minor child, find that the change is in the best interests of the minor child.

Also, when selecting a new name, you cannot use a curse word, racial slur, obscene and/or an offensive word as part of your name and you cannot change to a name that would cause deliberate confusion (for example, a name with punctuation and/or a number in it. Sorry, Prince).