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|Instructions: Changing Your Name in Illinois||
Last updated: July 2013
Following are step-by-step instructions to help you with your legal problem. You should print these steps and take them with you to use as a checklist.
Fill out the following forms (which you will find in the forms tab of this guide):
Make three extra copies of each form once you have filled them out.
Go to your Circuit Clerk's office. Tell the Circuit Clerk that you are filing a Request for Name Change and need to get a hearing date. The Clerk will give you a hearing date and time. Write them on the Notice of Filing a Request for Name Change. Make sure the hearing date is at least 8 weeks after the date you file the forms at court. Have the Circuit Clerk also stamp the extra copies of your forms.
If you got your court costs waived, then you can also ask the court to waive your publication fee. You will need to complete:
After your Notice has run in the newspaper for 3 straight weeks get a Certificate of Publication from the newspaper. Ask the newspaper how they will send the Certificate of Publication. They will typically:
Take the Certificate of Publication to the courthouse and file it with the Circuit Clerk before your court date. If the newspaper sends the Certificate directly to the Circuit Clerk, make sure it arrives before your court date and ask the newspaper to send you a copy.
Get to court at least 45 minutes before your hearing time;
Bring these items to your court hearing:
Confirm the court room number and go that room.
Check in quietly with the judge's clerk, court assistant, or court bailiff.
Wait for your name and case number to be called.
You may be placed under oath, answer the judge's questions truthfully.
The judge will either GRANT or DENY your Request. The judge will write this on the Order and sign it.
File the signed Order with the Circuit Clerk.
If you were born in the state of Illinois you will need:
Mail these three things to the address below:
Bureau of Vital Records
State of Illinois - Dept. of Health
605 West Jefferson
Springfield, IL 62702-5097
If you were born in a state other than Illinois, contact the office that keeps birth records in the state where you were born. Ask a representative in that office how to change the name on your birth certificate.
If your request was denied because of a procedural mistake on your part (for example, you did not do the publication correctly), then you should correct the error and request another hearing.