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Supreme Court
Adult Name Change Petition Program

About the program
New York City residents
Correcting a birth certificate
Privacy concerns
Computer requirements
Start the Adult Name Change Program

About the program

The adult name change form is used to ask (or “petition”) the NY State Supreme Court to change your name.

This free program will help you create the petition. You can use this program if:

  • You are 18 years old or older and
  • You are not in prison, on probation or on parole
  • You do not need to keep your name change private for safety reasons
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New York City residents

New York City residents can use the NY City Civil Court Adult Name Change Petition Program on the NYC Civil Court website.  The filing fee in New York City Civil Court is much less. If you cannot use that website, return here.

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Correcting a birth certificate

You may not need a court order to correct a birth certificate mistake.

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Privacy concerns

All name change applications can be viewed by anyone because they are public records. Also, the court will require notice of your name change to be printed in a newspaper.

According to the law, if your safety is in danger you can have your name change request "sealed" right away [New York Civil Rights Law section 64-a(2)]. A sealed name change request cannot be found in the public records. The court file will stay sealed while the court considers the request.

After the judge rules on your name change, If the court finds that your safety is in danger, the law also says that you do not have to publish the name change in the newspaper and the court can seal your name change for good [New York Civil Right Law section 64-a(1)].

If you are applying for a name change because your safety is in danger, DO NOT use this DIY program. It will not protect your privacy. It is recommended that you see a lawyer or a domestic violence counselor.

For general information about domestic violence, contact the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 1-800-942-6906 (Llame al 1-800-942-6908 para Español).

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Computer requirements

You must have the following on your computer to use this program:

  1. Adobe Flash to see the program. Download it now for free.
  2. Microsoft Word to properly view and print the completed court forms. If you do not have Word, you can download Word Viewer now for free and view and print Word documents, even if you donít have Word on your computer.

    Note: Microsoft WordPad is not the same as Microsoft Word. WordPad will cause problems with your documents.

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Start

Adult Name Change Petition Program

Note: You will be taken to our partner website called LawHelp Interactive.

You can "Sign Up to Save Your Work" or go directly to the program without signing up by clicking on "Get Started" or "Go". Then check to agree to the Terms of Use and click on "Continue" to begin the program.

NYS DIY Forms are only for court users who don't have a lawyer and legal services and pro bono attorneys and staff helping clients who cannot afford lawyers. Commercial use is prohibited and no one may charge for using these programs. When you begin the program, you will be asked to accept these terms of use.

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This program was created by a partnership between the state courts and the civil justice community.

Last updated on March 24, 2014

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March 24, 2014