Name Change for an Adult
Application and Order for Adult Name Change are available in Adobe Acrobat fillable format. These forms are located under Related Information on the right of this page. Click inside the first field you wish to edit. Begin typing. Use your "Tab" key to navigate forward through the different fields. Use the "Shift" plus "Tab" keys together to go back.   You must submit a properly completed typed order with the application.
 
Being a statutory action, the application and order must strictly comply with the requirements of the code. Click here to link to Virginia Code § 8.01-217. File the properly completed application and typed order in the circuit court clerk's office. Submit following documents:
1. Original application;
2. Original order;
3. A self-addressed stamped envelope; and
4. $39 filing fee payable to circuit court clerk. No personal checks.
 
Restoration of former name Incident to a Divorce
Virginia Code § 20-121.4 provides that upon a decree of divorce, a party who changed his or her name by reason of a marriage, may motion the court to restore such party's former name or maiden name by a separate order meeting the requirements of § 8.01-217. Provided that you have made a motion to restore your former name or maiden name at the divorce hearing before the divorce commissioner or the judge, you may submit a properly completed typed order along with a $21 clerk's recording fee to the circuit court clerk's office. Otherwise you must follow the procedures for a Name Change for an Adult described above. A sample Order Restoring Former Name Incident to a Divorce is located under Related Content on this page. This sample order form explains what information is required in the order. This order should be sent contemporaneously with the final divorce decree.
 
Name Change of a Minor
An Application and Order for Minor Name Change are available in Adobe Acrobat fillable format. These forms are located under Related Information on the right of this page. You are responsible for ensuring that the application and order comply with all statutory requirements or seek an attorney for legal assistance. Being a statutory action, the application and order must strictly comply with the requirements of the code. Submit following documents:
1. Original application;
2. Original order;
3. A self-addressed stamped envelope; and
4. $39 filing fee payable to circuit court clerk plus any applicable service fees. No personal checks.
 
Statutory Requirements:
To change the name of a minor, one or both of the legal parents may petition the circuit court for the city/county in which you live. The petition must be made under oath and comply with all the requirements of Virginia Code Section § 8.01-217. Also, the applicant must affirm that the name change is not sought with any fraudulent intent and that the name change is in the best interest of the minor. The name change does not terminate any legal parental rights.
 
In the case of a minor who has both parents living and a parent does not join in the application. Such parent shall be served with reasonable notice of the application unless waived by the court. A written motion for an ex parte hearing for a judge to consider a waiver of such notice requirement may be set on the court's duty judge docket. In the case of a minor who has both parents living and a parent does not join in the application. Such parent shall be served with reasonable notice of the application unless waived by the court. A written motion for an ex parte hearing for a judge to consider a waiver of such notice requirement may be set on the court's duty judge docket.  At such ex parte hearing the court must find by clear and convincing evidence that such notice would present a serious threat to the health and safety of the applicant. Should a parent object to the change of name after being served with notice, a hearing to determine whether the change of name is in the best interest of the minor shall be set on the court's trial docket. Should a parent object to the change of name after being served with notice, a hearing to determine whether the change of name is in the best interest of the minor shall be set on the court's trial docket.

If the applicant is requesting the record be sealed because the recording  of the name change would pose a serious threat to the health or safety of the applicant/applicant's family, the applicant must schedule a hearing with the chief judge of this court prior to the filing of the application in the clerk's office.
 
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