When Both Parents Agree to the Name Change (or one parent is deceased or has no legal rights)
When both parents agree to have a child's name changed, the parents can file papers to have a judge legally change the child's name. Only one parent's consent is needed under certain limited circumstances. Read on to learn how to have a child's name changed when both parents are in agreement.
About Child Name Changes
Children who are residents of Clark County, Nevada can have their names legally changed through the family court. The parents must file for the name change on behalf of the child and explain the reason for the name change.
Typically, both parents must agree to have a child's name changed. One parent can have a child's name changed under the limited circumstances described below.
The instructions on this page only apply if:
- Both parents agree to the name change and will sign the legal papers; OR
- One parent is deceased; OR
- One parent's rights have been terminated.
If none of the above apply, please follow the instructions for Name Changes When Parents Do Not Agree.
A parent's consent to a child's name change cannot be avoided just because the parent is not involved in the child's life or the parent's location is unknown. The parent must be notified of the proposed name change and must be given a chance to object. A judge may grant the name change without the other parent's consent, but the other parent does have a right to know about the proposed name change. Please see Name Changes When Parents Do Not Agree for further information.
How to Get a Child's Name Changed
Make sure to read about the basics of name changes on the Name Change Overview page. Once you are ready to file for a child's name change, follow these four steps:
All of the following documents must be completed to ask the court for a name change:
- Family Court Cover Sheet
- Petition for Child's Name Change
- Consent of Children age 14 and older
- Request for Summary Disposition & Declaration in Support
- Order for Child's Name Change
Family Court Cover Sheet
This form asks for basic information about the parents and the child(ren) so the Clerk of Court can open your case. You are the Petitioner. If you have any other cases at family court that include the other parent and/or your children (for example, child support cases, custody cases, etc.), be sure to fill out the second page with as much information about those cases as you can. The Clerk of Court uses this information to open your case and to make sure all of your cases are assigned to the same judge.
Use the child(ren)'s current legal name when completing this (and all) forms.
Petition for Child's Name Change
This form tells the Court about the child's current name, the new name you would like the child to have, and the reasons why. You can ask for up to 2 children's names to be changed. Where the form asks for the child's current name, use the current full legal name. Where the form asks for the child's new name, use the full legal name you want the child to be known by in the future.
Both parents should complete this form. It needs to be notarized by both parents when complete.
Child's Consent to Name Change
A child age 14 or older must consent to their own name change. If any of the children are 14 or older, each child must complete a consent.
Request for Summary Disposition & Declaration in Support
This form asks the judge to grant the child's name change without you having to appear at a hearing. When both parents agree to the name change, or a parent is deceased or has no legal rights, the child's name change is usually approved without a hearing. In some cases, the judge may require you to appear at a hearing before granting the name change. You will find out later whether the judge wants you to attend a hearing.
Both parents must sign this form.
Order for Child's Name Change
This is the form the judge signs to approve the child's 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. Make sure to indicate whether or not a new birth certificate should be issued for the child with the new name.
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.
After filing the papers, the judge can sign a final order changing the child's 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 all of your paperwork and decide whether to grant the name change. 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.
The judge may want you to appear at a hearing before deciding on the name change. If so, the order will be returned to you with a memo from the judge's staff asking you to set a "prove up" or an "uncontested" hearing. This is a short hearing where the judge can ask you some questions before deciding whether to approve the child's name change. To set a hearing, fill out a "Setting Slip" and bring it to the courthouse. A clerk will be able to set a court date for you when you file the form.
Bring the order with you to the hearing so the judge can sign it in court if granted.
Once you get your signed order, you will need to contact every agency and office where you wish to change the child's name so they can update the child's 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 the child's new name, you will need to contact the vital records department where the child was born to find out their requirements. If the child was born in Nevada, please see the Nevada Office of Vital Statistics to find out how to get the birth certificate changed.