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Child Name Change Petition Program


This free and easy program helps parents make a petition to change the name of one or more minor child. When you finish the program, you can print your New York City Child Name Change Petition. The program will tell you how to file it in the courthouse to change the minor's name. The court charges $65.00 to change the name of one or more minor child.

You can use this program if:

  • The child is 17 years old or younger.
  • You are the child’s parent, and
  • You and the child live in New York State, and
  • You do not need to keep the name change private for safety reasons.

Warning:
Name change requests can be viewed by anyone because they are public records. If you want to keep your name change private for safety or other reasons, do not use this program.

For general information about domestic violence, contact the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 1-800-942-6906 (Llame al 1-800-942-6908 para Español).


 Go to the Child Name Change Petition Program


If this program is not for you, learn more about name changes or visit one of the Civil Court's Help Centers and speak to a help center attorney free of charge, or you can see if there is a court form that you can complete yourself.



Who Can Use These Programs?
You can use DIY Forms if:

  • you're a court user and you don't have a lawyer;
  • you're a legal services provider;
  • you're a pro bono lawyer. Pro bono lawyers filing a DIY Form must submit thispro bono affirmation.
  • you're from a low-bono (reduced fee) program recognized and authorized to use the DIY Form programs by the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program. You must submit this low-bono affirmation with the filing.

Commercial use is prohibited and no one may charge for using these programs. When you begin the program, you will be asked to accept these terms of use.

Computer Requirements
In order to use DIY Form programs, make sure you have the following:

Note: If you're on a Mac and do not have Microsoft Word, this program will not work for you.

Help Using DIY Forms
See Frequently Asked Questions for help using DIY Form programs.



Please Note: It is always better to talk to a lawyer, if possible.

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