Change Your Name In Michigan

How to Obtain a Name Change in Michigan

1. Can I have my name changed in Michigan?

A name of either a minor or an adult can be changed in Michigan as long as the person seeking the name change has been a resident of the county they live in for at least 1 year.  To legally change your name, you must complete the Petition to Change Name form (PC 51) and file it with the circuit court in the county where you live.

A name change cannot be sought with a fraudulent intent.  If you have a criminal record, it is presumed that you are seeking the name change for a fraudulent purpose.  It is up to you to prove to the court that your request to change your name or that of a minor is not for fraudulent purposes.  If you are unable to convince the court of this, your change of name request will be denied.

2. Where do I go to petition to have my name changed in Michigan?

A person in Michigan can obtain a name change from the Circuit Court in the county in which he/she resides.  To find your local Circuit Court, please click here.

There are several steps that you must follow when filing your petition:

Step 1: Complete the Petition to Change Name form and file it with the Circuit Court in the county in which you live in.

Click here to find form PC 51, the Petition to Change Name form.

NOTE: If you are changing the name of a minor who is less than 14 years of age, you must file the petition in the Circuit Court where the child lives.

Step 2: Pay the $150.00 filing fee.

Step 3: If you are 22 years or older and seeking to change your name, you must have one complete set of fingerprints taken at the local police agency.

NOTE: The court will not act upon your petition until the Michigan Department of State Police makes its report to the court regarding any pending charges or prior convictions against you.

NOTE: If there are no pending charges or prior convictions against you, the Michigan Department of State Police will destroy the copy of your fingerprints.

Step 4: Notice of any petition to change your name must be published.

NOTE: The Publication of Notice of Hearing form can be used.  Form PC 563 can be found here.

NOTE: The publication must contain the proposed name and the time,  date, and place of the hearing.

NOTE: If there is a good cause or reason, the court may order that no publication of the proceeding take place and the record of proceeding remain confidential.  An example of good cause would be if the          publication would place the petitioner or another person in physical     danger.  It is up to the petitioner to submit evidence of this danger to the court.

Step 5: You must attend the hearing on the date, place, and time stated in the notice of hearing by the court.

Step 6: You are required to pay a $10.00 fee to the court to enter the final order.

NOTE: If you also want a certified copy of the order, you are required to pay an additional $10.00 fee.

NOTE: Michigan provides an easy to follow set of instructions for each stage during a change of name case.  This information can be viewed here.

3. How do I change the name of a minor in Michigan?

A Change of Name petition for a minor is the same as the Change of Name petition for an adult.  However, there are some differences when trying to change the name of a minor who is 14 years of age and older and trying to change the name of a minor who is younger than 14 years of age.

Step 1: Complete the Petition to Change Name form and file it with the Circuit Court in the county in which you live in.

Click here to find form PC 51, the Petition to Change Name form.

NOTE: When changing the name of a minor who is less than 14 years of age, you must file the petition in the Circuit Court where the child lives.

Step 2: Pay the $150.00 filing fee.

Step 3: Notice of any petition to change your name must be published.

NOTE: The Publication of Notice of Hearing form can be used.  Form PC 563 can be found here.

NOTE: The publication must contain the proposed name and the time, date, and place of the hearing.

NOTE: If there is a good cause or reason, the court may order that no publication of the proceeding take place and the record of proceeding remain confidential.  An example of good cause would be if the          publication would place the petitioner or another person in physical     danger.  It is up to the petitioner to submit evidence of this danger to the court.

Step 4: You must attend the hearing on the date, place, and time stated in the notice of hearing by the court.

Step 5: You are required to pay a $10.00 fee to the court to enter the final order.

NOTE: If you also want a certified copy of the order, you are required to pay an additional $10.00 fee.

1) When changing the name of a minor who is 14 years of age or older, written consent to the change of name must be signed by the child in the presence of    the court before the order is granted.

2) When changing the name of a minor who is younger than 14 years of age, both legal parents must agree to the name change.  If the parents do not consent, the custodial parent must prove to the court that:

a) The noncustodial parent has not provided regular or substantial support for the child, or has not substantially complied with a court order for support, for at least 2 years before the filing of the petition.

b) Noncustodial parent has substantially failed to visit or contact the minor for at least 2 years before the filing of the petition to change the name of the minor.

NOTE: The name of a minor under the age of 14 cannot be changed unless:

a) He/she is the natural or adopted child of the petitioner

b) Consent is obtained from either:

i) The mother and father jointly.

ii) The surviving parent if 1 parent is deceased.

iii) One of the child’s parents if there is only one legal parent available to give consent.

NOTE: If a child is under the age of 14, a court can sometimes determine that the child is of sufficient age to express his/her preference regarding the change of name and consider the child’s wishes.

NOTE: The noncustodial parent must be given legal notice of the hearing to change the name of a minor and also the opportunity to object to the name change.

4. Additional Paperwork

If you want to change your name on the original birth certificate after the court agrees to the name change, you must file a copy of the order with the State Registrar at the Vital Records Office of the Department of Community Healthy.  The application to change a Michigan birth record can be found here.


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