If you were found guilty of a crime you may not be able to change your name. A conviction for these crimes may prevent you from changing your name:
- Any felony
- Misdemeanor criminal sexual abuse when the victim at the time of the act was under 18
- Misdemeanor sexual exploitation of a child
- Misdemeanor indecent solicitation of a child
- Misdemeanor indecent solicitation of an adult
- Identity theft or aggravated identity theft
If you were convicted or are on probation for any of these crimes, you cannot file a name change in Illinois. There are two exceptions to this rule:
- 10 years have passed since the end of your sentence; or
- You have been pardoned.
If you are required to register as a sex offender, you may not change your name.