Texas Name Change Requirements

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Any adult who retains legal rights over the minor, and who is not petitioning as part of the legal action, is (a) entitled to direct citation (notification), and (b) must provide written consent to the Court.

Requirements to File for a Change of Name for an Adult in Texas

Texas law requires certain things before you can file for a name change (for an adult) and/or during the name change process in Texas. These requirements include:

  • You must have lived in Texas for the last 6 months.
  • You must have lived in your county for the last 90 days.
  • You must not have been convicted of any crime, felony and/or misdemeanor.
  • You must not be currently under indictment for a crime, felony and/or misdemeanor.
  • You must not be requesting the name change to avoid creditors.
  • You must not be involved in a bankruptcy proceeding.
  • You must be an adult, 18 years of age or older.
  • You must attach a complete set of your fingerprints to your petition at time of filing.

Requirements to File for a Change of Name for a Minor in Texas

Texas law requires certain things before you can file for a name change (for a minor) and/or during the name change process in Texas. These requirements include:

  • Name change actions for a minor are filed in the District Court within the county where the minor presently resides. There is no residency timeframe which must be met.
  • The minor must not have been convicted of any crime, felony and/or misdemeanor.
  • The minor must not be currently under indictment for a crime, felony and/or misdemeanor.
  • You must not be requesting the name change (for a minor) to avoid creditors.
  • The minor must not be involved in a bankruptcy proceeding.
  • The child must be a minor, 17 years of age or younger.

Transgendered Name Changes - Some Courts in Texas may prefer that a party wishing to file for a name change due to transgender surgery wait until such time as the surgery has been completed. The local Court Clerk in the County in which you will be filing will have more specific information on the local Court's preference and requirements.

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