Changing your name in Texas
Though getting married will change your name on the marriage certificate, your legal name is still the same. In order to legally change your name in the state of Texas you must do the following:
1: Get started with online marriage license services.
Online application assistance can simplify and streamline the process for many Texas marriage-related services, including: information on obtaining a new marriage license, reasons for requesting a marriage record, as well as changing your name after marriage. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from your Clerk of Court, you will receive a comprehensive checklist and forms packet specific to your needs, fast answers to tough questions and prompt service from a friendly staff.
2: Go to a Clerk of Court office in person
If you prefer to access additional marriage licenses and marriage records, visit a state-specific online resource for extra support regarding all your marriage licensing needs.
- File an Original Petition for Change of Name. This should be done with the Clerk of Court in the county where the person filing for the name change (“petitioner”) resides.
The Petition to change the name of an adult must also contain the following information:
- Petitioner's sex, race, date of birth and social security number
- Current name and place of residence of the petitioner
- Full new name requested for the petitioner
- Reason the change in name is requested
- Whether the petitioner has been the subject of a final felony conviction
- Whether the petitioner is subject to register as a sex offender under the requirements of Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure
- Driver's license number for any driver's license issued in the 10 years preceding the date of the petition
DO NOT sign the petition unless you are in the presence of an official witness such as the
Clerk of Court or a notary.
Read the Law
Texas name change laws can be found in sections 45.101 to 45.106 of the Texas Family Code.
You can find the law in a law library or online at http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/FA/htm/FA.45.htm#45.106.