Every person 22 years of age or older whose name appears on the "Petition to Change Name" must follow these instructions before the court can act on the petition.
Under Michigan law, every person 22 years of age or older who is requesting a name change must have a complete set of fingerprints taken at a local police agency. These fingerprints will be used by the Michigan State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation to check criminal records. The Michigan State Police will send a report to the court regarding any criminal records.
If you have a criminal record, it will be presumed that you are seeking the name change with fraudulent intent. You must prove to the court that the name change is not being sought with fraudulent intent.
- File the Petition to Change Name (Form PC 51) at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
- Make a copy of the "Petition to Change Name" (Form PC 51)
- Go to your local law enforcement agency and ask to be printed on a RI-8 Applicant Fingerprint Card, complete the card entirely. Write Name Change in Segment E "other" block and mark the box under "search requirements" for FBI & State. The name of the court must be written in segment F "send response to". Take a copy of the Petition to Name Change Name with you.
- ** After you have had your fingerprints taken, mail the Petition to Change Name, the completed Fingerprint Card, and the appropriate fee, currently $42.00, payable to the Michigan State Police, at the following address:
Michigan State Police
CJIC Identification Section
P.O. Box 30266
Lansing, MI 48909
- The Michigan State Police will review their criminal records and forward to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Once the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reviewed their records and reported the information to the Michigan State Police, the Michigan State Police will send a report to the court. Allow 3-5 weeks.