A New Mexico Name Change Form is a legal document that residents must use to legally change their name and/or prove that their name has been changed. Once a person`s name has been officially changed, they must provide a signed court order, marriage certificate, or divorce decree as evidence when updating their Social Security, driver`s license, voter registration, and other accounts/registrations. To obtain a court order approving a name change, residents must file an application with their district court. They must also publish a notice of their application and attend a court hearing on their case. Upon marriage or divorce, people can choose to adopt a new surname or reinstate their maiden name by simply including the name change in their marriage/divorce proceedings. If granted, the court will make an order to allow the person to prove acceptance of the new name to change other documents such as driver`s licenses, bank accounts and ID cards. In the case of minors, applications must be submitted by a parent or guardian on behalf of the minor. Minors between the ages of 14 and 17 must also submit a consent form with the application. You must publish your completed Change of Name Application Form before your hearing. This notice must be published in a newspaper distributed in your district once a week for at least two (2) weeks. If your district does not have a local newspaper, you can advertise in a newspaper distributed in a neighboring county. The notice must include your current name, desired name, and district court information.
Publication costs must be borne by you, so it is your responsibility to ensure that your review is paid and published in a timely manner. After complying with this requirement, compile two (2) specimens of the published notice showing that they have been published for two (2) consecutive weeks, along with a completed affidavit of publication, and submit them to your clerk`s office. If you are concerned about your safety that your name change will be published, let the case officer know and they may be able to waive this requirement. In New Mexico, an adult parent or guardian filed on behalf of a minor (person under fourteen (14) years of age) who wishes to change the minor`s name for cause must file a petition with the district court of the minor`s district of residence. COVID-19 disruptions: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many courts and government agencies have made significant changes to their operations. This may cause delays in processing your name change or gender tag requests. Contact your local court or other government agency for more information. You should keep up-to-date copies of any material you submit by mail or electronically. We understand that this is a challenge for many, and we encourage you to seek help if you are desperate.
At this point, when the judge has signed your final order to change the name, your name change is almost official. However, you must always file the signed court order with the court registry. Once you file your court order with the clerk, your name will be officially changed and you can use certified copies of the certified court order to update your identity with the DMV, Social Security Bureau, IRS, election office, etc. For more information, or if you have specific questions that weren`t clearly answered above, contact your local New Mexico name change attorney today. In addition, you can find more information and details at: Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for the name change program, but you can find information on how to update your official name in this guide. But the process is not over yet! The applicant must then receive the newly signed order and submit it to the court office. This act of filing the order with the court complements the court`s requirements. However, the applicant will require at least one (1), although we always recommend purchasing at least three (3) certified copies of this signed and submitted/confirmed order. This is the document the applicant will need the next time they have to deal with the agency that issued their birth certificate to have an amended certificate issued. Once this step is completed and it may take some time if the applicant was born in another state, which requires postal and waiting times, as well as additional registration fees, the applicant can go to the Social Security Administration to change their card if necessary. Once all these steps are completed, the applicant is ready to return to the MVD with all new documents and legally obtain a new or renewed driver`s license or other government identification.
Unless you have sufficient justification for keeping your minor`s name change private for security reasons, you must send notice of the petition to change the minor`s name to a local newspaper for publication. The newspaper must have a weekly circulation in the county where you live or, if such a newspaper is not available, in a newspaper distributed in a neighboring county. The publication must be done at least once (1) per week for two (2) consecutive weeks and you must bear the costs. At the end of two (2) weeks following publication, you must include two (2) examples of the published notice indicating that you have complied with the request. Next, you must complete the Affidavit of Publication of Minors. These documents must then be submitted to the court registry. In some cases, the newspaper may send the proof of publication and affidavit to the district court on your behalf. The verified petition contains personal data required by law, such as the name of the petitioner, the new name the petitioner wishes to adopt, and the reasons for requesting a name change. If you have already applied for a REAL ID and have found that you have a name discrepancy issue that prevents you from obtaining a REAL ID, or remember that our name change documents cover ONLY simple and uncontested name changes. Registration fees can vary greatly from county to county.
Please contact your local clerk for details on filing fees in your area. Next, fill out the final order, which changes the minor`s name, except for the judge`s signature field. If there are enough reasons to keep your child`s name change secret, complete the minor`s final name change order (except for the judge`s signature). These documents will be signed by the judge in charge of your case once your child`s name change has been approved. If your current full legal name is different from the full name on your birth certificate, you must provide the form with a court order to change your name. If you would like to have your full legal name changed on your birth certificate, indicate this by checking the appropriate box on the application form. Additional evidence may be requested. By the end of October 2020, all New Mexico driver`s licenses must be REAL ID compliant. This is the result of regulations mandated by the federal government and Homeland Security in response to 9/11 and other terrorist security threats. Getting a REAL ID takes much more than the documents now required to apply for a driver`s license or government-issued ID. The impact of these new requirements is already being felt by countless New Mexico license applicants as they attempt to renew their current driver`s licenses. Many are informed by Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) officers that their required supporting documents do not meet REAL ID requirements.
A list of the new Real Identification requirements can be found here: www.mvd.newmexico.gov/real-id-information.aspx To update the name and/or sex on a New Mexico ID card, the applicant must file (1) a court order confirming the name change and/or (2) a notarized form confirming the applicant`s gender identity. New Mexico residents are sometimes required to present valid photo identification when voting in state elections. Therefore, it is important to update your voter registration after you change your name. This can be done online through New Mexico`s online voter registration website or by filling out a voter registration form. After completing the voter registration form, you must mail it or in person to your local county representative or the Secretary of State (address provided below). You must provide a copy of a valid piece of photo identification or proof of address (utility bill, lease, paycheque, bank statement, etc.) showing your new name. Direct service must also be granted to all adults who retain legal rights over the minor (usually the other legal parent if the application is filed by only one parent). If you can`t find one of these parties, you need to be prepared to explain your efforts and the situation to the court.
REMEMBER: Our materials do not take this into account. Our minor name change documents are intended only for situations where both biological parents agree to the name change. Attend the court hearing for your child`s name change at the agreed time and bring at least two (2) copies of all related documents. Some courts do not allow children to be present, so your child may not be allowed to come to see you. When the case worker calls you, you will be brought before the judge and will have to answer some basic questions about your application to change your child`s name. If everything is in order and there is no objection to your application, the judge will sign the final order to change the minor`s name and (if applicable) the final order to change the minor`s name. You may not change your name for fraudulent purposes, such as: To avoid debt, you may not change to a name that could affect the rights of another person, such as a celebrity, you may not use a swearword, racist slur, obscene and/or offensive word in your name, and you may not change to a name that would intentionally cause confusion (for example, a name with punctuation and/or number).