Changing Your Name in Illinois

Changing Your Name in Illinois

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You need to ask the court's permission in order to change your name. You can do this by filing a "Request for Name Change." It will cost money to change your name. These fees include:A filing fee with the Clerk of the Circuit Court. To find out how much this will cost, contact your Circuit Court Clerk by visiting the Illinois Courts website;A newspaper fee for publishing a notice about your case; andThe Illinois Department of Public Health's fee for changing your birth certificate.Click on words that appear like 'this' to learn what these words mean.Does it cost money to change my name? Yes, you will need to pay several fees. These fees include:A filing fee with the Clerk of the Circuit Court. To find out how much this will cost, contact your Circuit Court Clerk by visiting the Illinois Courts website;A newspaper fee for publishing a notice about your case; andThe Illinois Department of Public Health's fee for changing your birth certificate.If you cannot afford the fees to file your case, you can ask the judge to let you file for free, called "waiving" your court costs. You will need to file a Petition with the court to do this. For more information on how to waive your court costs, go to the "Related Articles" section of this Guide.Do I have to be an Illinois resident to change my name? Yes. You must be a resident and have lived in Illinois for at least six months.How do I change back to my maiden name after a divorce? Under Illinois law, you can return to your maiden name after a divorce if:You requested your maiden name in your divorce petition; and A judge granted your request in your divorce judgment.Most agencies, like the Illinois Secretary of State, will need a certified copy of your divorce judgment to change your name. To get a certified copy, contact the Circuit Clerk of the courthouse where your divorce judgment is filed. There is usually a charge for getting a certified copy. To find out how to contact your Circuit Clerk, visit the Illinois Courts website. Can I change my name if I have been convicted of a crime? If you have been convicted or given probation in Illinois or any other State of any of the following crimes, you cannot file a name change in Illinois (unless ten years have passed since the end of your sentence or you have been pardoned):Any felonyMisdemeanor criminal sexual abuse when the victim at the time of the act was under 18Misdemeanor sexual exploitation of a childMisdemeanor indecent solicitation of a childMisdemeanor indecent solicitation of an adultIdentify theft or aggravated identity theftCan I change my name if I have to register as a sex offender? No. If you are required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration Act, you may not change your name until you no longer have to register.Can I change my name to whatever I want? No. While most name change petitions are granted, the court can deny your request if they have a reason. Do I need a reason to change my name? While the law does not specifically require a reason for you to change your name, the court can deny your request. In that case, you may need a reason to change your name.Can I change my children's names? Yes, you can ask to change your children's names by filing a Petition for Name Change. However, you will need to take extra steps in order to change a child's name. For more information on changing a child's name, see the "Related Articles" section of this Guide. The court granted my name change petition. How do I change the name on my Social Security number? To change the name attached to your Social Security number, you must go to the nearest Social Security office. They will give you an application to complete. You must bring a piece of identification, such as your old Social Security card or your old birth certificate, and a certified copy of your "Judgment Order To Change of Name" with you.The court granted my name change petition. How do I change my birth certificate to list my new name? If you were born in Illinois, you can change the name on your birth certificate by mail with the Illinois Department of Public Health.First, get a certified copy of the "Judgment Order To Change of Name" (there may be a fee);Second, fill out an Application for Correction of Birth Certificate which can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health's Website;Third, make a copy of a current photo ID; andFourth, mail the certified Order, the copy of your current photo ID, and a $15.00 fee (payable by money order, certified check, or personal check made payable to Illinois) to: Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Vital Records 925 East Ridgely Ave. Springfield, IL 62102 (217)-782-6553For more information, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health.If you were born in a state other than Illinois, you should contact the office that keeps birth records in that state to find out how to change the name on your birth certificate.Get Your Court Costs Waived There will be fees to file your court forms and to publish notice. Check with the Circuit Clerk for your County to find out what those fees are.If you cannot afford to pay, you can ask the court to "waive" these fees, so that you can file your forms without paying.Go to the "Related Articles" section of this guide to learn how to waive your court costs.Fill Out Your Forms Complete the "Name Change Forms" interview which you can find in the "Forms/Letters" section of this guide. This should prepare all of the forms that you will need.The forms will not print in the order that you will use them, and you will need to make photocopies of many of them. The rest of the instructions below explain which forms you will need for each step.File Your Forms with the Clerk After completing your forms, take them to the Daley Center and file them with the Clerk. You will need the following:Request for Name Change- one original and three copiesNotice of Filing a Request for Name Change - one original and three copiesOrder for Name Change- one original and three copiesFiling feeYou may be able to have your filing fee waived. For more information, see the Related Articles tab.Get a Hearing Date After you file your forms, the Clerk will assign your case to a judge's calendar for a hearing;You must then schedule a date and time for the hearing with a Clerk in the Daley Center;The date that you select must be at least eight weeks after the date you filed your Request;You must write down the date, time, courtroom number, and court calendar because you will need this information in the next step.Publish Your Notice If you are only changing your own name, you must publish legal notice of your intention to change your name;You can publish Notice in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin by going to their counter in room 802 of the Daley Center. You can do this right after you file your forms with the Clerk;Your Notice must be published for three consecutive weeks, which is why you must pick a hearing date that is at least eight weeks after you filed your Request;Give them one copy of your Request. You must also include the court date, time, name of the judge who will handle your case, the courtroom number, and the case number;Bring your signed Order to Sue or Defend as a Poor person, if you got your court costs waived. If you did not get your court costs waived, you will have to pay a fee to publish your notice in the newspaper. The fee to publish your notice in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin is approximately $143.00;If you are filing somewhere other than the Daley Center, but still want to publish Notice in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, you can send all of this information (including a copy of the Order to Sue or Defend as a Poor Person) to:Chicago Daily Law Bulletin415 N. State St.Chicago, Illinois 60610If you file your Request at the Daley Center, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin will file your Certificate of Publication with the Clerk for you after publication is complete. This means that it will already be in the court file when you appear in court;If you file your Petition at one of the suburban Cook County courthouses, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin will mail you a Certificate of Publication. Keep this with your copies of the Request and the Request and bring it with you on the date you appear in court.Go to Your Court Date Get to court at least 45 minutes early;Bring a copy of all of the forms relating to your case, including: (1) Your copies of the Request showing the Clerk's filing stamp and case number; (2) Your Certificate of Publication, if it was mailed directly to you; and, (3) Your copies of the Order for Name Change;Dress as you would for a job interview;Go to the assigned courtroom and wait for your case to be called by the Clerk. If your case is not called, wait for the first recess and then approach the Clerk to ask for instructions;When your case is called, answer "here," and step before the judge. Tell the judge that you want to change your name;The judge may ask you some questions. Answer truthfully, and remember to call the judge "Judge" or "Your Honor;"If the Judge agrees to your name change, give the Order for Name Change form to the judge to sign;Give the signed Order and your copies to the Clerk sitting next to the judge. The Clerk will stamp all of them for you, and keep one for the court file;Make sure to get your stamped copies from the Clerk before you leave the courtroom.Get Certified Copies of Your Forms If the judge granted your petition, go to the "Certified Copies" counter in the Daley Center and ask to have your three copies of the Order certified;One copy is for your records, one is to get your birth record changed, and the last is to get the name on your Social Security card changed;Certified copies will cost approximately $9 each. It will cost you a total of about $27.00 for the three copies;If you decide not to get certified copies of the Order immediately following your hearing, tell the Clerk and he or she will mark the copy "OK to Certify." Change the Name on Your Birth Certificate If you were born in Illinois, you can change the name on your birth certificate by mail with the Illinois Department of Public Health.First, get a certified copy of the "Order To Change of Name" (there may be a fee);Second, fill out an Application for Correction of Birth Certificate which can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health's Webiste;Third, make a copy of a current photo ID; andFourth, mail the certified Order, the copy of your current photo ID, and a $15.00 fee (payable by money order, certified check, or personal check made payable to Illinois) to: Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Vital Records 925 East Ridgely Ave. Springfield, IL 62102 (217)-782-6553For more information, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health.If you were born in a state other than Illinois, you should contact the office that keeps birth records in that state to find out how to change the name on your birth certificate.Change the Name on Your Social Security Card Go to any Social Security office;Bring a certified copy of the Order;Bring a piece of identification, such as your old Social Security card, old ID, or birth certificate;Fill out an application;There will not be a fee.Get Your Court Costs Waived There will be fees to file your court forms and to publish notice. Check with the Circuit Clerk for your County to find out what those fees are.If you cannot afford to pay, you can ask the court to "waive" these fees, so that you can file your forms without paying.Go to the "Related Articles" section of this guide to learn how to waive your court costs.Fill Out Your Forms Complete the "Name Change Forms" interview which you can find in the "Forms/Letters" section of this guide. This should prepare all of the forms that you will need.The forms will not print in the order that you will use them, and you will need to make photocopies of many of them. The rest of the instructions below explain which forms you will need for each step.File Your Forms with the Clerk You can file a name change at any of the cook county suburban courthouses or the Daley Center. You don't need to file your name change in your district, but it might be more convenient. See Illinois' courthouse page to find your closest courthouse.After completing your forms, take them to the Clerk at the courthouse. You will need the following:Request for Name Change- one original and three copiesNotice of Filing a Request for Name Change- one original and three copiesOrder for Name Change - one original and three copiesFiling feeYou may be able to have your filing fee waived. For more information, see the Related Articles tab.Get a Hearing Date After you file your forms, the Clerk will assign your case to a judge's calendar for a hearing;You must then schedule a date and time for the hearing with a Clerk;The date that you select must be at least eight weeks after the date you filed your Request;You must write down the date, time, courtroom number, and court calendar because you will need this information in the next step.Publish Your Notice You need publish legal notice of your intention to change your name change. You can do this with the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. You need to do this right after you file your forms with the Clerk. It needs to be published for three consecutive weeks, which is why you must pick a hearing date that is at least eight weeks after you filed your Request.You need:One copy of your Request, including the court date, time, name of the judge, the courtroom number, and the case numberYour Order to Sue or Defend as a Poor person, if you got your court costs waivedA check for $143 if you did not get your costs waivedSend all of this to:Chicago Daily Law Bulletin415 N. State St.Chicago, Illinois 60610If you file your Request at one of the suburban Cook County courthouses, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin will mail you a Certificate of Publication. Keep this with your copies of the Request and Order and bring it with you on the date you appear in court.Some districts allow you to publish through a local newspaper. Check with the clerk for the requirements and cost of doing that.Go to Your Court Date Get to court at least 45 minutes early;Bring a copy of all of the forms relating to your case, including: (1) Your copies of the Request showing the Clerk's filing stamp and case number; (2) Your Certificate of Publication, if it was mailed directly to you, (3) Your copies of the Order for Name Change;Dress as you would for a job interview;Go to the assigned courtroom and wait for your case to be called by the Clerk. If your case is not called, wait for the first recess and then approach the Clerk to ask for instructions;When your case is called, answer "here," and step before the judge. Tell the judge that you want to change your name;The judge may ask you some questions. Answer truthfully, and remember to call the judge "Judge" or "Your Honor;"If the judge agrees to your name change, give the Order for Name Change form to the judge to sign;Give the signed Order and your copies to the Clerk sitting next to the judge. The Clerk will stamp all of them for you, and keep one for the court file;Make sure to get your stamped copies from the Clerk before you leave the courtroom.Get Certified Copies of Your Forms If the judge granted your petition, go back to the clerk and have your three copies of the Order certified;One copy is for your records, one is to get your birth record changed, and the last is to get the name on your Social Security card changed;Certified copies will cost approximately $9 each. It will cost you a total of about $27.00 for the three copiesIf you decide not to get certified copies of the Order immediately following your hearing, tell the Clerk and he or she will mark the copy "OK to Certify." Change the Name on Your Birth Certificate If you were born in the state of Illinois you will need:A certified copy of the Order;A money order, certified check, or personal check for $15.00, payable to "Illinois";A note stating your date and place of birth.Mail these to the address below:Bureau of Vital RecordsState of Illinois - Dept. of Health605 West JeffersonSpringfield, IL 62702-5097If 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 your name on your birth certificate.Change the Name on Your Social Security Card Go to any Social Security office;Bring a certified copy of the Order;Bring a piece of identification, such as your old Social Security card, old ID, or birth certificate;Fill out an application;There will not be a fee.If Your Petition Was Denied You are required to complete a court order that says, "The Request for Name Change is Denied;"The Clerk in the courtroom can give you a blank form;You may appeal a judge's decision to deny your Request by filing a Notice of Appeal with the Clerk of the Circuit Court within 30 days after the judge's decision.Get Your Court Costs Waived There will be fees to file your court forms and to publish notice. Check with the Circuit Clerk for your County to find out what those fees are.If you cannot afford to pay, you can ask the court to "waive" these fees, so that you can file your forms without paying.Go to the "Related Articles" section of this guide to learn how to waive your court costs.Fill Out Your Forms Complete the "Name Change Forms" interview which you can find in the "Forms/Letters" section of this guide. This should prepare all of the forms that you will need.The forms will not print in the order that you will use them, and you will need to make photocopies of many of them. The rest of the instructions below explain which forms you will need for each step.File Your Forms with the Clerk You can file a name change at any of the cook county suburban courthouses or the Daley Center. You don't need to file your name change in your district, but it might be more convenient. See Illinois' courthouse page to find your closest courthouse.After completing your forms, take them to the Clerk at the courthouse. You will need the following:Request for Name Change- one original and three copiesNotice of Filing a Request for Name Change- one original and three copiesOrder for Name Change - one original and three copiesFiling feeYou may be able to have your filing fee waived. For more information, see the Related Articles tab.Get a Hearing Date After you file your forms, the Clerk will assign your case to a judge's calendar for a hearing;You must then schedule a date and time for the hearing with a Clerk;The date that you select must be at least eight weeks after the date you filed your Request;You must write down the date, time, courtroom number, and court calendar because you will need this information in the next step.Publish Your Notice You need publish legal notice of your intention to change your name change. You can do this with the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. You need to do this right after you file your forms with the Clerk. It needs to be published for three consecutive weeks, which is why you must pick a hearing date that is at least eight weeks after you filed your Request.You need:One copy of your Petition, including the court date, time, name of the judge, the courtroom number, and the case numberYour Order to Sue or Defend as a Poor person, if you got your court costs waivedA check for $143 if you did not get your costs waivedSend all of this to:Chicago Daily Law Bulletin415 N. State St.Chicago, Illinois 60610If you file your Request at one of the suburban Cook County courthouses, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin will mail you a Certificate of Publication. Keep this with your copies of the Request and the Order and bring it with you on the date you appear in court.Go to Your Court Date Get to court at least 45 minutes early;Bring a copy of all of the forms relating to your case, including: (1) Your copies of the Request showing the Clerk's filing stamp and case number, (2) Your Certificate of Publication, if it was mailed directly to you, (3) Your copies of the Order for Name Change;Dress as you would for a job interview;Go to the assigned courtroom and wait for your case to be called by the Clerk. If your case is not called, wait for the first recess and then approach the Clerk to ask for instructions;When your case is called, answer "here," and step before the judge. Tell the judge that you want to change your name;The judge may ask you some questions. Answer truthfully, and remember to call the judge "Judge" or "Your Honor;"If the judge agrees to your name change, give the Order for Name Change form to the judge to sign;Give the signed Order and your copies to the Clerk sitting next to the judge. The Clerk will stamp all of them for you, and keep one for the court file;Make sure to get your stamped copies from the Clerk before you leave the courtroom.Get Certified Copies of Your Forms If the judge granted your Request, go back to the clerk and have your three copies of the Order certified;One copy is for your records, one is to get your birth record changed and the last is to get the name on your Social Security card changed;Certified copies will cost approximately $9 each. It will cost you a total of about $27.00 for the three copies;If you decide not to get certified copies of the Order immediately following your hearing, tell the Clerk and he or she will mark the copy "OK to Certify." Change the Name on Your Birth Certificate If you were born in the state of Illinois you will need:A certified copy of the Order;A money order, certified check, or personal check for $15.00, payable to Illinois;A note stating your date and place of birth.Mail these to the address below:Bureau of Vital RecordsState of Illinois - Dept. of Health605 West JeffersonSpringfield, IL 62702-5097If 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 your name on your birth certificate.Change the Name on Your Social Security Card Go to any Social Security office;Bring a certified copy of the Order;Bring a piece of identification, such as your old Social Security card, old ID, or birth certificate;Fill out an application;There will not be a fee.If Your Petition Was Denied You are required to complete a court order that says, "The Request for Name Change is Denied;"The Clerk in the courtroom can give you a blank form;You may appeal a judge's decision to deny your Request by filing a Notice of Appeal with the Clerk of the Circuit Court within 30 days after the judge's decision.Get Your Court Costs Waived There will be fees to file your court forms and to publish notice. Check with the Circuit Clerk for your County to find out what those fees are.If you cannot afford to pay, you can ask the court to "waive" these fees, so that you can file your forms without paying.Go to the "Related Articles" section of this guide to learn how to waive your court costs.Fill Out Your Forms Complete the "Name Change Forms" interview which you can find in the "Forms/Letters" section of this guide. This should prepare all of the forms that you will need.The forms will not print in the order that you will use them, and you will need to make photocopies of many of them. The rest of the instructions below explain which forms you will need for each step.File Your Forms with the Clerk You can file a name change at any of the cook county suburban courthouses or the Daley Center. You don't need to file your name change in your district, but it might be more convenient. See Illinois' courthouse page to find your closest courthouse.After completing your forms, take them to the Clerk at the courthouse. You will need the following:Request for Name Change - one original and three copiesNotice of Filing a Request for Name Change- one original and three copiesOrder for Name Change - one original and three copiesFiling feeYou may be able to have your filing fee waived. For more information, see the Related Articles tab.Get a Hearing Date After you file your forms, the Clerk will assign your case to a judge's calendar for a hearing;You must then schedule a date and time for the hearing with a Clerk;The date that you select must be at least eight weeks after the date you filed your Request;You must write down the date, time, courtroom number, and court calendar because you will need this information in the next step.Publish Your Notice You need publish legal notice of your intention to change your name change. You can do this with the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. You need to do this right after you file your forms with the Clerk. It needs to be published for three consecutive weeks, which is why you must pick a hearing date that is at least eight weeks after you filed your Request.You need:One copy of your Request, including the court date, time, name of the judge, the courtroom number, and the case numberYour Order to Sue or Defend as a Poor person, if you got your court costs waivedA check for $143 if you did not get your costs waivedSend all of this to:Chicago Daily Law Bulletin415 N. State St.Chicago, Illinois 60610If you file your Request at one of the suburban Cook County courthouses, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin will mail you a Certificate of Publication. Keep this with your copies of the Request and the Order and bring it with you on the date you appear in court.Go to Your Court Date Get to court at least 45 minutes early;Bring a copy of all of the forms relating to your case, including: (1) Your copies of the Request showing the Clerk's filing stamp and case number, (2) Your Certificate of Publication, if it was mailed directly to you, (3) Your copies of the Order for Name Change;Dress as you would for a job interview;Go to the assigned courtroom and wait for your case to be called by the Clerk. If your case is not called, wait for the first recess and then approach the Clerk to ask for instructions;When your case is called, answer "here," and step before the judge. Tell the judge that you want to change your name;The judge may ask you some questions. Answer truthfully, and remember to call the judge "Judge" or "Your Honor;"If the judge agrees to your name change, give the Order for Name Change form to the Judge to sign;Give the signed Order and your copies to the Clerk sitting next to the judge. The Clerk will stamp all of them for you, and keep one for the court file;Make sure to get your stamped copies from the Clerk before you leave the courtroom.Get Certified Copies of Your Forms If the judge granted your petition, go back to the clerk and have your three copies of the Order certified;One copy is for your records, one is to get your birth record changed, and the last is to get the name on your Social Security card changedCertified copies will cost approximately $9 each. It will cost you a total of about $27.00 for the three copies;If you decide not to get certified copies of the Order immediately following your hearing, tell the Clerk and he or she will mark the copy "OK to Certify." Change the Name on Your Birth Certificate If you were born in the state of Illinois you will need:A certified copy of the Order;A money order, certified check, or personal check for $15.00, payable to "Illinois";A note stating your date and place of birth.Mail these to the address below:Bureau of Vital RecordsState of Illinois - Dept. of Health605 West JeffersonSpringfield, IL 62702-5097If 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 your name on your birth certificate.Change the Name on Your Social Security Card Go to any Social Security office;Bring a certified copy of the Order;Bring a piece of identification, such as your old Social Security card, old ID, or birth certificate;Fill out an application;There will not be a fee.If Your Petition Was Denied You are required to complete a court order that says, "The Request for Name Change is Denied;"The Clerk in the courtroom can give you a blank form;You may appeal a judge's decision to deny your Request by filing a Notice of Appeal with the Clerk of the Circuit Court within 30 days after the judge's decision.Get Your Court Costs Waived There will be fees to file your court forms and to publish notice. Check with the Circuit Clerk for your County to find out what those fees are.If you cannot afford to pay, you can ask the court to "waive" these fees, so that you can file your forms without paying.Go to the "Related Articles" section of this guide to learn how to waive your court costs.Get Your Newspaper Publication Fee Waived If you got your court costs waived, then you can also ask the court to waive your publication fee. You will need to complete:A Motion to Waive Publication CostsAn Order Waiving Publication CostsFile them with the Circuit Clerk. The Circuit Clerk will give them to a judge for approval.You will have to wait a few days to see if your Motion is approved. If it is approved, the Order Waiving Publication Costs will be returned to you with the Judge's signature. If it is not approved, you will have to pay the publication fee.Fill Out Your Request for Name Change and Notice of Filing Fill out the following forms (all four forms are included in the automated document or A2J interview listed in the "Forms/Letters" section of this guide):Notice of Filing a Request for Name ChangeRequest for Name ChangeOrder for Name ChangeMake three extra copies of each form once you have filled them out.Go to the Circuit Clerk's Office in your County Tell the Circuit Clerk that you are filing a Request for Name Change and need to get a hearing date. The date the Clerk gives you should be written onto the original and each copy of the Notice of Filing a Request for Name Change form.NOTE: Whatever date the Clerk gives you must be at least eight weeks after the date you file the forms in court. This time period will give the newspaper time to publish your notice. The law says that the first date of newspaper publication must be at least six weeks before your hearing date. Because it can take a newspaper a few weeks to get and publish your Notice, it is best to get a hearing date that is at least eight weeks after the date you mail your Notice of Filing a Request for Name Change and letter to the newspaper. This gives the newspaper two weeks to start publishing the Notice.The Clerk will ask you for the following completed forms:The Notice of Filing a Request for Name Change and three copies;The Request for Name Change and three copies;Your signed Order to Sue or Defend as a Poor Person, if you got your court costs waived.The Clerk will keep one copy each of the Notice and the Request "file stamp" the other copies for you.Send in the Notice of Filing to the Newspaper The Notice of Filing a Request for Name Change is what you will publish in the newspaper. It must run in a weekly newspaper which is published in the county where you filed. If there is no weekly newspaper in your county, you can use a convenient newspaper published in Illinois. Once you pick a newspaper to publish in, you must mail them:A letter addressed to the newspaper, requesting that it publish notice of your name change (a letter is included in the automated document or A2J interview listed in the "Forms/Letters" section of this guide);A file stamped copy of the Notice of Filing a Request for Name Change;If you got your publication costs waived, copy of your signed Order Waiving Publication Costs;If you did not get your publication costs waived, call the newspaper and ask how much it will cost to run your Notice once a week for three consecutive weeks. Send them a check or money order in this amount and include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for them to mail a copy of the notice to you.File the Certificate of Publication After your Notice has run in the newspaper for three straight weeks, the newspaper should send you (or the Circuit Clerk) the Certificate of Publication. The Certificate says that the Notice ran for three consecutive weeks and includes a copy of the Notice that appeared.The newspaper may send the Certificate of Publication directly to the Circuit Clerk to be filed with your case, or it may send the certificate directly to you. If the newspaper sends the certificate directly to the Circuit Clerk, go to the Circuit Clerk and ask to see your case file to see if the Certificate of Publication has been filed;As always, make sure to keep a file-stamped copy for yourself;You must have this Certificate to show the judge that the newspaper published your Notice.Prepare Your Order for Name Change Fill out the Order for Name Change (this form is included in the automated document or A2J interview listed in the "Forms/Letters" section of this guide). Make three copies.Go to the Hearing There is no way to know exactly what will happen at your hearing. But here are some things you should do:Bring a photo I.D., copies of the Order for Name Change, all the documents you filed with the Circuit Clerk, and any other papers relating to your Request;Get to court at least 45 minutes before your hearing (Whatever you do, don’t be late!);Go the courtroom that your case was assigned to;Check in with the clerk sitting next to the judge;Wait for your case number and name to be called;When your case is called, approach the bench. Remember to always refer to the judge as "your honor;"The judge may ask you questions about your case;To testify, you will need to call yourself as a witness. At this time, the judge will put you under oath and you will present your testimony.When you testify, your testimony should include:Your current full name: first, middle, and last;Your current address, including city and state;The state or county where you were born;How long you have lived in Illinois;The full name (first, middle, and last) that you would like the court to give you.If the Judge grants your Petition, give him or her your Order for Change of Name form to be signed. If the Judge wants corrections made, don’t panic. You can ask for permission to submit a corrected version by mail.File Your Order and Get Certified Copies After the judge has signed the Order for Name Change, you must file it with the Clerk;You should also get three certified copies of your Order so you can send them to different agencies (listed below) to change your name on their records;Certified copies are typically obtained from the Circuit Clerk's office for a small fee.Change the Name on Your Birth Certificate If you were born in the state of Illinois you will need:A certified copy of the Order;A money order for $15.00, payable to Vital Records, Springfield;A note stating your date and place of birth.Mail these three things to the address below:Bureau of Vital RecordsState of Illinois - Dept. of Health605 West JeffersonSpringfield, IL 62702-5097If 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.Change the Name on Your Social Security Card to Your New Name Go to any Social Security office;Bring a certified copy of the Order;Bring a piece of identification, such as your old Social Security card, old ID, or Birth Certificate;Fill out an application and submit it to the Social Security staff;There will not be a fee for this change.If Your Name Change Request Is Denied 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.

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