Legal Name Change

Legal Name Change

NAME CHANGE PROCEDURES

Residency Requirement:  must be a Livingston County resident for one year prior to filing.
 
Filing Fees:  $185.00; includes one certified copy of the Order Changing Name.
 
Finger prints:  required for individuals 22 years of age of older; additional fee, refer to Fingerprint Instructions.
 
-Complete the Following Forms That Apply-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
File them at the Livingston County Circuit Court Clerk's Office
 
Name Change Petition/ PC 51
 
-One petition per name change -or- an adult petition may also include the spouse and minor children.
 
-Adults & minors 14 years or older must sign the petition, and appear for hearing.
 
-Minor Name Changes: both the birth mother and the birth father must consent. Both must sign the Petition, or, give their consent by signing a Waiver & Consent Form PC 561 ** if unable to    get the other parents' consent there is additional paperwork and instructions that the Clerk staff   will provide to you and can help you with. The other non-consenting parent must be provided    notice of the name change request for a minor.
 
Publication of Notice of Hearing/ PC 563 is needed for every Name Change Petition.  The Clerk will provide a hearing date and time for you. *a publication fee will be charged to you by the newspaper. 
 
Notice of Hearing/MC 326 is needed only for Minor name changes when the Petition does not include the other parents consent or signature.
 
Circuit Court Praecipe / is needed for every Name Change Petition and is used by the Court to schedule the hearing.
 
Order Following Hearing on Petition to Change Name/PC 52 is needed for every Name Change Petition.  Complete only the very top portion of this form, up to paragraph 1. 
 
*If the court orders a new birth certificate be created, you will need to contact the State Registrar at, Michigan Department of Public Health, Vital Records Changes, P.O. Box 30721, Lansing, MI 48909,, (517) 335-8660.  www.michigan.gov/mdch