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Changing your name in Delaware is a relatively simple process that you can do on your own. In Delaware you must start by publishing a Notice of Name Change in a local newspaper. Then, it is mostly a matter of completing and filing forms and paying a fee. The information here will provide you with simple answers to common questions about the name change requirements.

What forms are required for a Delaware name change?

The following forms are required to change your name in Delaware:

  • Petition for Name Change
  • Affidavit
  • Notice of Name Change for Publication

These forms can be found on the Delaware Courts website.

Where do I file the forms for a name change in Delaware?

The completed forms must be filed with the clerk of the court of common pleas in the county where you currently live.

Do I need to notarize the forms?

Yes. However, the clerk of the court can generally notarize the Petition for Name Changefor free when you bring it to court. Many times your bank will offer notary services for free as well.

Is there a filing fee in Delaware for a name change?

Yes. The fee is $50. A fee waiver may generally be obtained using the Fee Waiver form with a showing of sufficient hardship.

Do I need to schedule a court hearing?

Yes. The court clerk will tell you the date of your court hearing.

Do I need to publish something in a local newspaper? Yes. The Notice of Name Change must be published at least once a week for three weeks before the Petition is submitted.