Frequently Asked Questions - Name Change

When do I need to submit a name change and what is the procedure?

California law requires you to report any name change within 30 days of the change and complete the Notification of Name Change form.

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What type of documentation is needed?

  • If you are applying for a name change due to court order, please furnish an original, certified copy of the court order.
  • If you are applying for a name change due to marriage or divorce, please furnish an original, certified copy of your marriage license or divorce decree.
  • If you are applying for a name change due to naturalization, please submit a copy of your naturalization certificate.
  • You must furnish one of these documents for the name change to be processed.
  • All original documents will be returned to you by certified mail.

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Can copies of the documents be submitted instead of the originals?

Yes, but all copies must be notarized.

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If I submit an original, how will it be returned?

All original documents will be returned by certified mail.

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Can I practice under only my middle name when my license states first, middle, last?

No.

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What if no special documentation exists?

You must complete the Notification of Name Change form declaring that you are using the name for all purposes and not fraudulently. You also must submit identification such as a notarized copy of a current driver's license and a notarized copy of a social security card.

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Is there a fee to process a name change?

No.

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Will a new wall certificate and wallet license be issued after the name change has been processed?

A duplicate certificate will not be issued automatically. You may order a duplicate certificate by completing the Application for Duplicate Certificate and submitting the appropriate fees.

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