Adult Name Change in Texas: Summary of Court Procedures
Updated: January 17, 2015
Step One: Prepare Your Petition and Proposed Order
Draft and verify your Original Petition for Change of Name. The same name change petition for is used regardless of whether you are changing your first or last name. Standard name change petitions are generally not provided by district court clerks, so it is your responsibility to draft documents that comply with Texas name change law and procedure. The petition form must be verified in the presence of a Texas notary. The Family Law Committee of the Texas Young Lawyers Association has sample name change forms online that you can use as guides for drafting. Alternatively, you can download our do-it-yourself, Texas adult adult name change kit, from our website. Our kit is in MSWord format for easy editing and it includes detailed instructions and free telephone support.
Step Two: File the Petition
After verifying your petition, you file the original petition form, with a proposed name change order (also included in our forms kit) with the District Clerk's office in the county where you reside. As of this writing (January 15, 2015), the fee is between $215.00 and $240.00 in most Texas counties.
Step Three: Schedule an Appointment to Appear before a District Court Judge
In most counties, you can schedule an appointment by appearing in person before the presiding clerk of the District Court or by calling the Clerk's office. Step Four: Appearing In Front of a District Court Judge. The court must grant your name change petition if you show the court that:
- You do not have a final felony conviction;
- You are not required to register as a sex offender; and
- The name change is in your interest and will not cause harm to the public.
After the District Court Judge signs the order granting your request to change your name, you will need to notify government agencies (such as the Department of Motor Vehicles), as well as banks and credit card companies with whom you conduct business.