Name Change


The California Courts Self-Help Center is now offering live chat assistance for Name Change on the following days and times:

  • Mondays
    9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time
  • Tuesdays
    12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time
  • Wednesdays
    3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Look for a green tab in the right bottom corner of your screen on name change pages. If you don’t see it, we’re offline. Please come back during the hours listed above.

Live chat assistance is provided by a pilot program and will be available on regular business days from January 7, 2019 through March 27, 2019.

This section gives you information on legally changing your name or a minor's name by getting a court order. With a court order you can change your legal name on government-issued identification documents such as your driver's license, passport, and social security card. You will generally need a certified copy of the decree changing your name.

If you want to change your name or that of a minor, click on the relevant section below to get the steps you must follow.

Adult Name Change Name Change for a minor

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