Change Your Name In Mississippi

How to Obtain a Name Change in Mississippi

1. Can I have my name changed in Mississippi?

A name can me changed in Mississippi as long as the person seeking the name change is at least 18 years old and has a proper and reasonable cause for requesting a name change and it must be consistent with public interest, for example a name change because of marriage or divorce.  A person cannot seek a name change to avoid debts or defraud creditors.

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

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

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

Step 1: File a petition for a name change in the Chancery Court in the county in which you reside.

NOTE: You must visit a notary public to have at least 1 notary witness   and sign the name change petition.

Step 2: Contact the Chancery Court clerk to find out the filing fee for a name change form.

Step 3: Appear in person in the Chancery Court on the date set by the court clerk.

NOTE: There is no publication of notice requirement.

Step 4: If the name change is granted, obtain a certified copy of the order from the court clerk.

NOTE: You will need this information to notify appropriate person and governmental agencies of your new name, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and Social Security.

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

If the child is born out of wedlock, and the court determines the paternity, the surname of the child shall be that of the fathers, unless the mother can prove by a preponderance of the evidence that it is in the child’s “best interest” not to take the surname of the father.

There are several steps that you must follow when filing your petition for a name change of a minor:

Step 1: File a petition for a name change in the Chancery Court in the county in which the minor resides.

NOTE: You must visit a notary public to have at least 1 notary witness  and sign the name change petition.

Step 2: Contact the Chancery Court clerk to find out the filing fee for a name change form.

Step 3: Appear in person in the Chancery Court with the minor on the date set by the court clerk.

NOTE: There is no publication of notice requirement.

NOTE: Either the mother or the father of the minor child can contest the name change at this time.

Step 4: If the name change is granted, obtain a certified copy of the order from the court clerk.

NOTE: You will need this information to notify appropriate person and governmental agencies of the minor’s new name, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and Social Security.


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