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The Georgia name change for an adult as described in the State Code 9.12.1-4 is done by filing a petition to the county's civil court where you are a resident. It is easier, if you were just married, to have your certified marriage license with the raised seal or if you were recently divorced to have your divorce decree. Typically, you will not have a court hearing in Georgia but it depends on the circumstances of the name change.
Must be a resident for at least 6 months
If just married, must have your original marriage certificate.
If just divorced, must have your divorce decree.
Step 1 - You will first need to fill out the Georgia Name Change Petition and the Georgia Verification Form. You will need to completely fill in these forms and have notarized. You can notarize forms at every bank branch in the USA.
Step 2 - Now you are ready to file your name change petition and verification form the the County Court Clerk's Office closest to you. You can either select from this file or on the list below.
Step 3 - You will have to make your name change public by making an ad in the newspaper for once a week for 4 consecutive weeks. This is done by filling out a Georgia Notice of Name Change and submitting it to any newspaper serving your area. Most newspapers have a direct line for this.
Step 4 - 30 days after the you have completed running your ad in the newspaper, you may request a final name change decree form the court clerk. It is highly recommended that you call the court clerk because you may have to schedule a time where the Judge will be available and you must bring all your original documents as well as the Georgia Name Change Decree.
Step 5 - Now you are able to change your name at the DMV (for your driver's license, car registration, car title, etc.), Social Security Office, Passport Agency, and any other institution that should know of your legal name change in Georgia.