Flash Legal Clinic can assist you with legally changing your name or a minor’s name by getting a court order. With a court order you can change your legal name on government-issued identification documents such as your driver’s license, passport, and social security card. You will generally need a certified copy of the decree changing your name.
The court process of getting a court order after filing a Petition for Change of Name can take up to 3 months. First, you file your petition. Then, you will get a court date between six and 12 weeks away. If you follow all the required steps and the court approves your request, you will get a court order called a “decree” changing your name. Some courts are busier than others and it may take longer.