Explains how to complete the legal forms to change your name, and what steps to take after you file. This process applies for individuals changing their own name or the names of their children.
UPDATE: name change petitions are now filed at 813 Sixth Street, Room 212, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday.
Name Change Forms and Instructions
For more assistance, Sacramento County residents may attend the Civil Self-Help Center’s weekly Name Change Workshop.
Changing Name and Gender
If you are changing both name and gender, a different process applies. In Sacramento, you can download the forms and instructions here: Petition for Change of Name and Gender Packet (CV/E-142g). If you would like assistance with this process, do not attend the workshop. Instead, attend the daily drawing for a one-on-one appointment.
Restoring Original Name after Divorce
You can change your married name back to your birth or “maiden” name as part of the divorce paperwork. If your divorce is already final, there is a simple form to accomplish the same thing. In Sacramento, you can download the forms and instructions here: Restoring Your Former Name.
Confidential Safe-At-Home Name Change
Victims or survivors of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault may be eligible to obtain a confidential name change through California’s Safe at Home Program. If you require a confidential name change, please visit California’s Safe at Home program at www.sos.ca.gov/registries/safe-home before filing any documents with the court. You may also contact the program by calling (877) 322-5227 or by via email.
After you are enrolled in the Safe at Home program, the Civil Self Help Center can assist with a name change. Confidential Safe-at-Home Name Changes are done by appointment only. Instead of the workshop, come in for an appointment before 8:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.