INSTRUCTIONS: NAME CHANGE PETITION PACKAGE 01-101A
A petitioner is strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney while completing the forms in this packet. Before completing the Petition, the petitioner needs to complete Civil Cover Sheet. Do not uncheck the marked boxes.
“Name Change Petition Package 01-101A Step 1”
While filling out the Petition, complete the caption and list your current name on the line provided. Do not fill out the Term or case number. On the first line of the document, provide the petitioner’s current legal name as well.
“Name Change Petition Package 01-101A Step 2”
In section 1, state the petitioner’s current legal name again and state reasons why a change of name is being requested. In section 2, provide the petitioner’s former addresses and the number of years they lived at those addresses before filing the petition.
“Name Change Petition Package 01-101A Step 3”
In part (c) of section 3, provide the petitioner’s current name and requested name.
“Name Change Petition Package 01-101A Step 4”
Make two copies of the Petition and take the forms to the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. Sign the two copies and the original in front of the Clerk and pay the filing fees. The clerk will provide a case number, and make sure they place the case number on all required forms.
“Name Change Petition Package 01-101A Step 5”
After filing the Petition, you need to go to your local police department of a Pennsylvania State Police Barracks and have your fingerprints recorded. The fingerprint card is send to the Pennsylvania State Police and they will send a report to the Clerk’s Office.
“Name Change Petition Package 01-101A Step 6”
Once the petitioner receives information about their hearing date and time, they need to publish the hearing date and time in the Legal Intelligencer. Make sure to bring proof of publication with you to the hearing.
“Name Change Petition Package 01-101A Step 7”
Arrive early on the date of the hearing and be prepared to answer questions in front of the judge. If the judge approves the change of name, they will sign the Decree for Change of Name. You can ask the Clerk for copies of the Decree in order to change important documents like your birth certificate, social security card, driver’s license, and more.