(Closed) Anyone done a name change thru the NYC court?

posted 13 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
1929 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Yes it is a nightmare.  AWFUL.

Here is the process so far:

1) Go downtown.  Fill out the name change form at 111 Centre Street and have the guy there approve your identity.  Take the form to 60 centre street to have it notarized.  Go back to 111 to have the guy approve the form that has been notarized.  He will set up a court date for you (mine was 3 weeks later). Go to the payment window with $60 or $65 bucks. 

2) Show up on your court date, on time.  Sit in the court room for 40 minutes.  Maybe answer a question from the court assistant.  Bring something to read.  Wait for them to  announce your petition – and everyone else’s who is there – has been approved.  They tell you to go back to the name change room on the first floor.  You go down there (don’t rush to get in line, the line is meaningless).  You wait another 20 minutes or so and then they come out with all the signed forms.  They hand them out in whatever order they have them in.  You wait until everyone gets them, then they give you instructions.  see #3

3) You have to publish your name change in a newspaper of the judge’s choosing.  Mine is the Irish Echo Newspaper.  SEriously.  Look next Weds. and you will see my legal notice.  You call the selected newspaper, fax them your form, pay them ($30 for Irish Echo).  They send you a certification that you published.

4) Take the certification and the form to  111 Centre Street.  Get your name change approved (I think! I have not done this step yet as my publication is next week).

THE PROCESS SUCKS! example of gov. beauracracy at its worst.

Post # 4
26 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008

this sounds similar to the process my fiance went through in Downtown LA for his name change except in a different order, but we didn’t think it was so bad. we just went in prepared for the worst and came armed with patience.

you’ll be fine. i recommend going in first thing on a Tuesday or Monday morning if at all possible. I find people are friendlier then maybe because they haven’t had to deal with too many irrating customers yet and rested during the weekend. 

good luck.

Post # 5
1751 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

i cannot believe how much of a mess it is to change your name!  wow.

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