CHANGE OF NAME

ADULT CHANGE OF NAME

HOW DO I APPLY TO CHANGE MY NAME?

An individual eighteen (18) years of age or older may complete an adult name change application.  The application is available from the Probate Clerk or may be downloaded from the Probate Court website.  You must be a resident of Trumbull County for at least one year prior to filing the application.  Please type or print legibly in blue or black ink and sign the application; this is an official court document.  If you have a middle name, please include it on the application.  A certified copy of your birth certificate is required.  If you are restoring your maiden name after a divorce, a certified copy of your divorce decree is also required.  You will also be required to obtain a WEBCHECK criminal background check.  This may be done at the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office across from the Courthouse.

WHAT WILL IT COST?

The Court collects a deposit of $142.00 when the application is filed.  You may call the Court with your case number prior to the hearing to find out what the balance due will be.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

 

Once the application has been accepted for filing, you will receive notice of a hearing date.  The hearing date will be approximately two months from the date the application was filed.   Publication of the hearing date will be made in a newspaper of general circulation.  On the date of the hearing, you will come to the Probate Court.  The hearing is approximately fifteen minutes and will be before a Magistrate.  The Magistrate will review the application and make a recommendation to the Judge.  If the application is approved, you will be provided a certified copy of the judgment entry upon payment of the balance of any court costs remaining due. For each additional certified copy of the judgment entry, the cost is $1.10.  If the application is approved and where the birth certificate has been issued in Ohio, the birth certificate, available from the Ohio Bureau of Vital Statistics, will be changed to reflect the new name but will note that a legal change of name has been granted. 

MINOR CHANGE OF NAME

HOW DO I APPLY TO CHANGE A MINOR'S NAME? 

 

The parent(s), legal guardian, or guardian ad litem of a minor may complete a minor name change application.  The application is available from the Probate Clerk or may be downloaded from the Probate Court website.  The minor must be a resident of Trumbull County for at least one year prior to filing the application.  Please type or print legibly in blue or black ink and sign the application; this is an official court document.  If the minor has a middle name, please include it on the application.  A certified copy of the minor’s birth certificate is required.  In addition to the application, the Court must have both parents’ written consent.  If you are unable to obtain a parent’s consent, the Court will notify the non-consenting parent by certified mail.  If either the name or the address of the non-consenting parent is unknown, an affidavit will need to be filed with the application.  These forms are available from the Probate Clerk and on the Probate Court website.  In making a determination, the Court will consider what is in the best interest of the minor.  In some circumstances, a guardian ad litem may be appointed to advise the court of the minor’s best interests.

WHAT WILL IT COST? 

 

The Court collects a deposit of $142.00 when the application is filed.  You may call the Court with your case number prior to the hearing to find out what the balance due will be.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

 

Once the application has been accepted for filing, you will receive notice for a hearing date.  The hearing date will be approximately two months from the date the application was filed.  Publication of the hearing date will be made in a newspaper of general circulation.  On the date of the hearing, you will come to the Probate Court.  The hearing is approximately fifteen minutes and will be before a Magistrate.  The Magistrate will review the application and make a recommendation to the Judge.  If the application is approved, you will be provided a certified copy of the judgment entry upon payment of the balance of any court costs remaining due.  For each additional certified copy of the judgment entry, there is a cost of $1.10.  If the application is approved and where the birth certificate has been issued in Ohio, the birth certificate, available from the Ohio Bureau of Vital Statistics, will be changed to reflect the new name but will note that a legal change of name has been granted. 

CHANGE OF NAME FORMS

 

The Probate Court accepts payment by cash, check, or money order.  The Court does not accept payment by debit or credit cards.

TRUMBULL COUNTY PROBATE COURT

COURTHOUSE, FIRST FLOOR\

161 HIGH STREET NW

WARREN, OHIO 44481

TEL:  330-675-2521

FAX:  330-675-3024

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