Rhode Island Name Change
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Changing your name in Rhode Island is a relatively simple procedure. Only one form is required, which you must complete and file with the proper court at which time you will be required to pay a fee. Here is more information that will help you navigate the process.
What forms are required for a Rhode Island name change?
The following form is required to change your name in Rhode Island:
- Change of Name Form (Form PC-8.1)
This form can be found on the Rhode Island Secretary of State website.
Where do I file the forms for a name change in Rhode Island?
The completed form must be filed with the probate court clerk of the county where you currently live.
Do I need to notarize the forms?
Yes. Ask the clerk if he or she may perform the function of a notary public. If not, check with your bank. Banks often offer notary services for free for their account holders.
Is there a filing fee in Rhode Island for a name change?
Yes. Check with the court clerk to determine the amount. You may have the fee waived if you can show financial 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. You must publish notice of your name change in a local newspaper. Ask the clerk for more information on when and where to publish your notice.