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Name Change

15 W. Kellogg Blvd, Room 600
St. Paul MN 55102
Phone: (651) 266-8253
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General

What is the fee for a name change?

Consult the Civil Fee Schedule for the current cost to file for a name change. Use the fee for Initial Filing.

Where are name change records kept?

In the Civil Records office. If you have questions about name change records, visit the Civil Records page of this site.

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Adult Name Change

How do I change my name?

Submit an Application for Name Change with the Court. A hearing will be scheduled. You'll be expected to bring two witnesses to swear to your identity.

For more complete instructions and forms, visit the Name Change page of the State Judicial Branch Self-Help Center.

Does my name automatically change when I get married?

Not unless you make the request on your Marriage Application. If you do this, the Marriage Certificate will reflect the legal name change. If you didn't do this, you must file an Application for Name Change in Civil Court.

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Can I change my name if I'm a convicted felon?

Yes. In addition to the petition, the applicant must submit the required notice to the prosecuting authority. Applicants still in prison must also fill out an Inmate Affidavit for Name Change. The court may deny your application due to your criminal record. Applicants in prison may petition only once.

The Name Change page of the State Judicial Branch Self-Help includes a special page entitled Laws, Rules & Resources on Name Change that addresses these special requirements.

Does a name change show up on the birth certificate?

No. A name change does not automatically affect the birth certificate.

For more information, refer to the How to Change a Birth Certificate section of the Basics of Applying for a Name Change page of the State Self-Help Center.

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Minor Name Change

How do I change my child's name?

File a Notice of Application for Name Change with the court. If there is a non-custodial parent, that person must be notified. If the non-custodial parent can't be located, the court must see that proscribed efforts have been made to notify him or her.

For forms and instructions, visit the Minor Name Change page of the Minnesota Judicial Branch Forms Center.

What if I can't locate the child's other parent?

You must provide an affidavit detailing the non-applicant parent's last known address and your attempts to contact them. Look for the Application and Order for Publication form on the Name Change Forms page of the State Judicial Branch Forms Center.

What if the child's other parent is not listed on the birth certificate?

Failure to notify the non-custodial parent may result in dismissal of the application regardless of whether they are listed on the birth certificate or not.

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The Judicial Branch Self-Help Center provides extensive information on filing the paperwork necessary to complete an application for a name change.  Click on the Self-Help Center link at the top of this page or go directly to the Name Change section.

To access current Court forms, click the link below:

 Court Forms