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Perhaps your parents decided to be creative when they named you. Maybe they were a little too creative. Now that you're an adult, you might wonder how you can legally change your name. And if there are any laws that govern changing your name.
There are. But, it's not a particularly taxing process. That's why so many Americans opt to change their names -- including celebrities. After all, Los Angeles Lakers player Ron Artest changed his name to "Metta World Peace".
Clearly you can change your name to just about anything you want. Though, there are some requirements you should know about.
In most states, you don't necessarily need to file anything with the court. Some states will let you change your name simply by use. In other situations, you may need to file forms with the appropriate court.
There are certain institutions that will definitely require some documentation. If you want to change your Social Security card, passport, or driver's license you usually need some paperwork. If you're changing your name post-marriage, a certified copy of your marriage license will typically suffice.
And you can almost always change your name to whatever you wish. Though, there are some caveats:
States typically also have different rules. If you're wondering how to legally change your name in your jurisdiction, make sure to check the relevant statutes.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.