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The requirements for changing your name in South Dakota mostly consist of a petition or form filed with the court, payment of a fee, and attending a hearing. It isn’t as difficult as you might expect, and with a little information to guide you a name change is a manageable task. Information to help is included below, with answers to the questions commonly asked about the South Dakota name change process.
What forms are required for a South Dakota name change?
The State of South Dakota does not have a specific name change form. You must write your own petition to change the name, use a form prepared by a commercial service, or have an attorney write one for you. Click on the following link and search the South Dakota Code for more details: South Dakota Code Title 21, Chapter 37- Change of Namet
Where do I file the forms for a name change in South Dakota?
The completed forms must be filed with the circuit court clerk of the county where you currently live.
Do I need to notarize the forms?
Check with your local courthouse.
Is there a filing fee for a South Dakota name change?
Yes. Check with the clerk of the court to determine the cost. A fee waiver may generally be obtained with a showing of sufficient hardship.
Do I need to schedule a court hearing?
Yes. The clerk will give you a date for your hearing when you file your petition. The hearing will be at least four weeks from the time you file your petition.
Do I need to publish something in a local newspaper?
Yes. Notice must be published at least once a week for four consecutive weeks prior to the hearing.