Name Changes for Adults
Name Changes for Adults
An adult resident of Clark County can petition the court for a name change. If all of the required forms are filed and the steps are correctly followed, the judge will typically approve of the name change without a hearing.
Make sure to read about the basics of name changes on the Name Change Overview page. Once you are ready to file for an adult name change, follow these four steps:
If you were recently married and want to take your spouse's last name, you do not need to get a court order for a name change. Instead, most agencies will want to see a certified copy of your marriage certificate to change your name. You can order a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the Clark County Recorder (if you were married in Clark County).
The following documents must be completed to ask the court for a name change:
- Family Court Cover Sheet
- Petition for Change of Name
- Notice of Petition for Change of Name (not needed if you are changing your name for gender identity reasons)
- Request for Summary Disposition & Declaration in Support
Family Court Cover Sheet
This form asks for basic information about you so the Clerk of Court can open your case. You are the Petitioner. Use your current legal name when completing this (and all) forms.
Petition for Change of Name
This form tells the Court about your current legal name, the new name you would like to have, and the reasons why. Include your entire first, middle, and last name where listed.
You must disclose whether you have ever been convicted of a felony and provide details of any convictions. If you were convicted of a felony, you must get a copy of your fingerprints to submit to the Court with all your paperwork. You can get fingerprinted by going to any Department of Public Safety site.
Notice of Petition for Change of Name
Most adult name changes must be published in a newspaper in Clark County once. This form contains the information that will be published. You can find out how to publish this form below.
If you are changing your name for gender identity purposes, you do not have to fill out this form and you do not have to publish anything in the newspaper.
Request for Summary Disposition & Declaration in Support
This form asks the judge to grant you a name change without you having to appear at a hearing. Most adult name changes are approved without a hearing.
Order for Name Change
This is the form the judge signs to grant your name change. Although this will not be needed until the last step, it is best to fill it out ahead of time and save it for later. This will be turned into the judge after you have finished all of the rest of the steps. Complete all sections on the form except for the date and signature line for the judge.
After you fill out the papers above, you will need to file them with the family court to open up a case. The fee to file these papers is $270. The fee is payable by cash, money order, or most major credit/debit cards. If you cannot afford the fee, please see Filing Fees and Waivers to find out how to ask the court to waive the fee.
You can file your papers one of three ways:
In Person: Bring your filing fee and the forms to the Family Courts and Services Center. You will be able to file your papers in person at the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, but you must arrive by 3:40 p.m. to see a Clerk before closing. Be sure to arrive before then.
By Mail: If you cannot come to the court during business hours, you can mail your forms and the filing fee to:
Family Courts and Services Center
Attn: Clerk of Court
601 North Pecos Road
Las Vegas, NV 89101
- Online: Many documents can be filed online through the court's e-filing system, eFileNV. There is a fee of $3.50 to upload your documents, in addition to the regular filing fee. You must register for an account, you must provide a valid email address, and you must be able to scan and upload your documents.
*You can skip this step if you are changing your name for gender identity purposes.*
The Notice of Petition for Change of Name must be published one time in a Clark County newspaper. Contact a newspaper to arrange for publication. The popular newspapers who can publish the notice are:
After publication is complete, the newspaper will prepare an "Affidavit of Publication." This document must be filed with the court as proof that publication was completed. Usually, the newspaper sends this document directly to the court for filing. If the newspaper does not, contact the newspaper to obtain the affidavit and file it yourself.
If you feel that your personal safety would be at risk if the Notice of Petition for Change of Name were published in a newspaper, you can ask the judge to waive the publication requirement. Waivers are only granted in rare circumstances. To ask the judge to waive the publication requirement, complete the Publication Waiver packet and follow all of the included instructions.
The judge cannot grant you a name change until 10 days after the date the notice was published. Wait at least 10 days after the final publication date to do this step.
When all of the above steps are finished, the judge can sign a final order changing your name. You must prepare an order for the judge to review and sign. If you did not already fill out the order when you filled out your other paperwork, complete the form now. Complete all sections except for the date and signature line for the judge.
You must submit the order to the judge for approval. You can mail the order to the court, or you can bring it to the family courthouse and drop it off in person. If bringing it in person, take the order to the 3rd floor at family court and drop it in the box for your judge. The judge will review the order and sign it if approved.
The judge's staff will either mail the order back to you or will contact you so you can pick up the order and have it filed. If you are instructed to file the order yourself, take it to the Clerk's Office for filing.
Once you get your signed order, you will need to contact every agency and office where you wish to change your name so they can update your information. They will usually require a certified copy of the name change order, which you can obtain for $3 from the Clerk of Court's Records Department.
If your order includes a request for a new birth certificate with your new name, you will need to contact the vital records department where you were born to find out their requirements. If you were born in Nevada, please see the Nevada Office of Vital Statistics to find out how to get your birth certificate changed.