Ways of Legally Changing Your Name
Through naturalization: change your name at the Federal Court. When filling in the naturalization application form with a new name, the Federal Court will issue a Petition for Name Change.
Through marriage or divorce registration: change the surname. You can apply for a name change when you register your marriage or divorce in the court, and the court will issue a Petition for Name Change. If the marriage certificate/divorce certificate has your pre-marital and post-marital name, then the marriage certificate/divorce certificate itself can also be used as proof.
Change the name in the district court. After the district court has reviewed and approved the name change, the new name takes effect and the court will issue a Petition for Name Change
Note: If it is issued by the U.S. Federal Court, the U.S. Department of Justice will not apostille/authenticate it until the apostille/authentication of the U.S. Department of Justice has been completed.
Besides the above-mentioned name change documents, a self-drafted statement can also be accepted.
Notarization and Apostille/Authentication Process
Time and Materials
Time (*COVID-19 may cause significant delays):
Notarization: get the documents notarized immediately after a notarial act properly performed by a notary.
Secretary of State Apostille/Authentication: usually about 10-15 business days, depending on the work volume of the office and the delivery time. Most office does not provide expedited services.
U.S. Department of State Apostille/Authentication: standard processing 12 business days, express processing 7 business days, rush processing 3 business days.
Embassy Legalization: standard processing 12 business days, express processing 7 business days, rush processing 3 business days.
Order Form of our center
Authentication Application Form (it differs by your destination country)
The original document to be authenticated
The copy of the document to be authenticated
Copy of the applicant's ID, such as passport, driver's license, and green card
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