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Indiana Name Change Procedure

(Much of the information below originated from the IN.gov website)

Congratulations on your decision to pursue a name change! Here is some information about how to legally change your name in the state of Indiana. The information below is for reference only and should not be viewed as legal advice and should not take the place of legal advice.

Before you get started…

The following  information is for an adult name change. According to Indiana law, this means anyone who is 17 years of age or older. Check out this information if you are under the age of 17.

Forms

The first step to petitioning the court to legally change your name is to complete and file a Petition for Name Change for an Adult. Fill out the following information if you:

• Would like to legally change your name
• Are 17 years of age or older
• Are not currently in jail or prison
• Are not required to register as a sex or violent offender
• Are not trying to avoid creditors

The forms that need to be completed come in two formats: electronic fillable and printable. You will be able to type your answers into the electronic fillable forms and then print them, or you can print the packet and instructions out and complete them by hand.

You will need to get the forms you are going to file notarized by a notary public. Many businesses, such as businesses where you are able to cash checks or UPS, offer this service for a fee. Many banks also offer this service and will waive the fee if you are a member. 

Filing the Forms with the Clerk of Court

Once you've completed the packet, you will need to print, sign, make copies, and take the forms to the Clerk of Court in your county (In Marion County, the Clerk's office is located in the City County Building at 200 E. Washington Street, #W-122). In order to find out how many copies you will need to make and any additional forms/procedures that are required, review your local court rules. In Marion County, the cost of filing the petition is $141.00.

The court will set a hearing date when you file your petition for your name change. Make sure this date is filled in on the Notice of Petition for Change of Name.

Publishing the Name Change

After you have filed your paperwork with your county's Clerk of Court, you will need to take the Notice of Petition for Change of Name to your local paper. You will want to contact your local paper to learn about their process and cost.

• The notice must run once a week for three weeks
• The last publication date must be at least thirty days before your hearing date
• After the last day the notice runs, the newspaper will send you a proof of publication notice
• Attach the proof of publication notice to the Notice of Filing Proof of Publication
• File these forms with the Clerk of Court

There are many things you may want to consider when publishing your name change. The cost to publish will vary among publications, and each publication has a varied amount of readers and circulation. 

Your Day in Court

In most cases, you will need to go before a judge in open court for the judge to grant your name change. When you arrive at the courthouse, make sure you check-in with the court clerk. You will be asked a series of questions by the judge who will decide if your request will be granted. If your request is granted, you will receive a Certificate of Name Change. You will want to bring money with you to purchase multiple, original copies of your Certificate of Name Change to have for your records.

After Your Name Change

First, congratulations on your name change! Now, you'll need to inform all government agencies (Social Security, Office of Vital Records, BMV) in order that they can update their records.

What's Your Experience?

Are you a trans* individual who has successfully changed their name in Indiana? Are you a trans* individual who is currently trying to change their name and are running into some barriers? We would love to hear about your experience!

 

Updating Identification

Local health department vital record fees