Legal Change of Name

Request a Petition for Name Change from the division of the District Court that is most near your residence. Complete the Petition for Name Change (Adult) or Petition For Name Change (Minor).

Please include:
  • Date of birth
  • Parent(s) Names
  • Place of birth
  • Your full address
The Center for Health Statistics requires this information to locate the birth certificate. (Petitioner / child must live within the jurisdiction of the Snohomish County District Court).

Identification Required
You will be required to provide proof of your identity as part of your petition. Acceptable forms of identification include:
  • Driver’s license
  • Green card
  • Military identification
  • Naturalization documents
  • Passport
Are you a citizen of the United States? If not, be aware, at the time of your hearing the judge may request additional information such as a green card, naturalization documents, or passport.

Minors: Parental Consent
All applicants under 18 years of age must be represented by a parent or legal guardian and both biological or legal parents or guardian must approve the change of name, either by personal appearance or by verified affidavit, unless good cause is shown. If one biological parent’s whereabouts is unknown, the court must be satisfied that the petitioner made attempts to provide notice to the absent parent by sending, via certified mail with a return receipt, to the last known address. (Requests for exceptions to this policy must be presented to the judge).

In addition, Snohomish County local court rules require that the parent or guardian provide the court a certified copy of the minor’s birth certificate that can be verified and copied by the court.

Fees
$58 plus $73 auditor recording fee

As part of the filing fee your will be provide three certified copies of the name change order. Each additional copy is $5.

Suggested Agency Contacts
You should consider notifying the following agencies / parties with certified copies of the order:
  • Department of Health (DOH)
  • Department of Licensing
  • Insurance Companies
  • Social Security
  • Vital Statistics
If you were born in Washington State and wish to change your birth certificate, send certified copies of the court order to:
Legal Name Change
DOH - Center for Health Statistics
P.O. Box 9709
Olympia, WA 98507-9709

Contact the Department of Health for procedures and fee information.

Born Outside of Washington State

If you were born in another state, mail a certified copy of the court order to the vital records office in the state of birth. Contact your state of birth for procedures and fee information.