Legal Change of Name
Are you a citizen of the United States?
If not, be aware, at the time of your hearing the judge may request additional information such as a green card, naturalization documents or passport.
Request a Petition for Name Change from the Division of the District Court that is most near your residence. Complete the Petition for Name Change (Adult) or Petition For Name Change (Minor).
- Your full address
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Parent(s) Names
The Center for Health Statistics requires this information to locate the Birth Certificate. (Petitioner/Child must live within the jurisdiction of the Snohomish County District Court).
You will be required to provide proof of your identity as part of your petition. Acceptable forms of identification include:
- Driver’s license
- Green card
- Naturalization documents
- Military identification
Minors: Parental Consent – all applicants under (18) years of age must be represented by a parent or legal guardian and both biological or legal parents or guardian must approve the change of name, either by personal appearance or by verified affidavit, unless good cause is shown. If one biological parent’s whereabouts is unknown, the court must be satisfied that the petitioner made attempts to provide notice to the absent parent by sending, via certified mail with a return receipt, to the last known address. (Requests for exceptions to this policy must be presented to the Judge).
In addition, Snohomish County Local Court Rules require that the parent or guardian provide the court a certified copy of the minor’s birth certificate that can be verified and copied by the court.
Fees: - $58.00 + $32.00 Auditor Recording Fee
As part of the filing fee your will be provide three (3) certified copies of the Name Change Order. Each additional copy is $5.00.
You should consider notifying the following agencies/parties with certified copies of Order:
- Department of Licensing
- Vital Statistics
- Social Security
- Insurance Companies
- Department of Health
If you were born in Washington State and wish to change your birth certificate, send certified copies of the Court Order to:
Legal Name Change
DOH - Center for Health Statistics
PO Box 9709
Olympia, WA 98507-9709
Contact the Department of Health for Procedures and fee information.
If you were born in another state, mail a certified copy of the Court Order to the Vital Records office in the state-of-birth. Contact your state-of-birth for procedures and fee information.