A person’s name is important because it is an integral part of self image and ancestry. Any New Yorker, may assume a different name, so long as it is not done to avoid financial obligations or to perpetrate a fraud. Common reasons for name changes include, correcting mistakes on birth certificates, gender changes, and changes to associate or disassociate yourself from famous people.
So long as you have reached the age of eighteen (18) you are considered an adult for name change purposes. The process to change an adult's name in New York is as follows: First, a petition is filed with the Court requesting the name change. The petition must contain specific information for the Judge to approve the change. Second, if the court approves the change an Order will be issued to effect the change. Third, notice of the name change is published in a newspaper. Fourth, obtain a new birth certificate from vital records (if correcting a birth certificate). Five, use a certified copy of your order to change your name on all official documents.
When a parent wishes to change the name of a minor child (infant name change), the application for a name change must be brought by one or both of the minor’s parents. If the minor has two living parents and one parent does not join in the application, the non-petitioner parent must be served with reasonable notice of the application. If the non-petitioning parent objects to the child's name change, a hearing will be held to determine whether the change of the child's name is in the best interest of the child.
Attorneys fee: $650.00 (adult) | $850.00 (child - so long as both parents agree)
Estimated Costs: $300.00 (index number, publication, certified copies)