In Virginia, what is the process for legally changing my name?
You didn’t say why you wish to change your name. If you have recently married, you just need to make several copies of your marriage certificate and send them to whoever you wish to inform of your name change along with whatever individual forms they require. For example, when I got married, I went to the Social Security office and DMV with my marriage certificate, filled out their forms and I was done. If you are divorcing and wish to change your name back to your maiden name, this petition is part of the court proceedings when you go to court to finalize the divorce. Your attorney can provide that form or the courthouse where you will be divorcing (or were divorced) should have it. If you just hate your name. . .read on. Do I have to file forms in court to change my birth name? In theory, no. In all but a handful of states, common law legal principles allow you to legally change your name by usage only. A name change by usage is accomplished by simply using a new name in all aspects