Many individuals will want to effectuate a legal maiden name change because of a marriage, divorce, or a desire to have an alternate name.
There are generally three ways to change your name
What are the legal requirements for a maiden name change?
In order to file for a name change, you must meet the residency requirements of the state in which you wish to file. All states require a Petitioner/Applicant to be a resident of the state — often for at least six months and sometimes for as long as one year — before filing for a name changes.
A person cannot change their name to defraud any other person or to escape liability
A petition for name change must be filed in the proper court, which is usually in the petitioner’s county of residence.
Social Security Administration
Department of Motor Vehicles Driver’s License
United States Passport
United States Post Office