Name Change

Changing your name is a relatively simple procedure that can usually be done without a lawyer. Just about anyone can change his or her name, for any good reason. The 3 most common reasons for a name change are:
  • When a person wants to return to a prior name after a dissolution of marriage (divorce). This type of name change is typically done as part of the divorce, but it can also be done as a separate matter. If you change your name as part of the Dissolution of Marriage (divorce), you need to get a certified copy of the Decree from the Clerk of the Court. You will be able to change your name on your driver's license, social security card and bank account with this certified copy.
  • When a parent wants to change a child's name to be the same as the parents.
  • When a person simply may not like the name they have, and wants to establish a new identity.
A name change may not be allowed if the court thinks that the change might affect the rights of another person such as a creditor or the other parent of the child. It is important to recognize that after a name change, you are still the same person. You will still have all the same legal responsibilities and obligations; you will simply be known by a different name.

The forms available on this site are generic and may be accepted by courts statewide. Please note that each court might have their own preferred forms. You can visit for more information about court-specific forms.

Form Title Form No. Instructions
Application for Change of Name for an Adult CVNC11F  
Application for Change of Name for a Minor Child 
Consent of Minor to Name Change CVNC13F  
Parental Waiver of Notice CVNC15F
Marital Waiver of Notice
Optional Consent of Parent to Name Change of a Minor Child and Waiver of Notice CVNC17F  
Notice of Hearing Regarding Application for Change of Name CVNC18F  
Affidavit of Service by Certified Mail CVNC24F  
Order Changing Name of an Adult CVNC81F
Order Changing Name of Minor CVNCM81F
Court Ordered Delayed Birth Registration

The information offered on this site is made available as a public service and is not intended to take the place of legal advice. If you do not understand something, have trouble filling out any of the forms or are not sure these forms and instructions apply to your situation, see an attorney for help. Before filing documents with the court, you might consider contacting an attorney to help guard against undesired and unexpected consequences.

Not all forms may be accepted in all Arizona courts – you should contact the superior court clerk of the court in which you will be filing to confirm the use of a particular form, determine whether any additional forms are required and verify the filing fees. The Supreme Court assumes no responsibility and accepts no liability for actions taken by users of these documents, including reliance on their contents.