The main way to change your name is by filing a Petition for a Change of Name.
If you are getting divorced and want to change your name to your former name, you can usually do that in your divorce case. If you are getting divorced in California, and the divorce is not final yet, you can ask the court to restore your name to your former name. Contact a lawyer or your local Family Law Facilitator  to find out how to do this.
If you were divorced in California and didn't change your name in your divorce, you can ask the court to restore your former name. Contact a lawyer or your local Family Law Facilitator  to find out how to do this.
The following forms will be needed to change your name:
- Petition for Change of Name (NC-100) 
- Attachment to Petition for Change of Name (NC-110 )
- Order to Show Cause for Change of Name (NC-120 )
- Civil Case Cover Sheet (CM-010 )
- Decree Changing Name (NC-130 )
- 2 self-addressed envelopes with postage
- Request to Waive Court Fees (FW-001 ) (optional)
- Order on Court Fee Waiver (FW-003 ) (optional)
Sample forms are provided to review what the forms may look like when completed.
WHERE TO GET FORMS:
Internet: For free, you can log onto www.courts.ca.gov  and click on “Forms & Rules” and then “Browse All Forms.” You can locate the forms needed by clicking on the Name Changes group of forms and then by form number.
Court Clerk’s Office: For $5, you may obtain a packet of blank forms from:
- San Luis Obispo Courthouse Annex: 1035 Palm St., Room 385
- Paso Robles Courthouse: 901 Park St. Room 105
Court Filing Fee: The Court will charge a fee to file this case, unless you apply and qualify for a fee waiver.
Newspaper Fee: In addition to the Court filing fee, you will need to pay the newspaper a fee to publish your Order to Show Cause for Change of Name (NC-120). Publishing the name change request in a local newspaper is required and the Court cannot waive the newspaper fee.
OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS
Complete Forms: Complete all the forms listed above.
Make Copies: Make 2 copies of all the original completed documents. You should have 1 original and 2 copies.
File the Originals, Copies and 2 Self-Addressed Envelopes with the Court: You must file the original and copies with the Court. In addition, give the Court Clerk two self-addressed stamped envelopes. The Clerk will use these envelopes to mail you your hearing date and copies of your court order. You may file at any one of our three courthouses in San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach or Paso Robles.
Publish in the Newspaper: The Court Clerk will mail you a filed copy of your Order to Show Cause for Change of Name (NC-120). When you receive this document in the mail you must take it to the newspaper listed on your Order to Show Cause for Change of Name. You must instruct the newspaper to publish the Order to Show Cause for Change of Name in the newspaper once a week for 4 weeks in a row. The newspaper will charge a fee to publish in the newspaper and the Court cannot waive this newspaper fee. The following are some of the newspapers that may publish.
- New Times (805) 546-8208
- The Tribune (805) 781-7800
- The Times Press-Recorder (805) 739-2157
Go to your Hearing: You must go to court located in San Luis Obispo on the day of your scheduled hearing. You should bring to court the original proof of publication from the newspaper if you did not previously file it with the Court.
Get your Court Order to Change Name: At the hearing, the judge may either grant or deny your request to change your name. If the judge grants the request to change name then the court clerk may give you a copy of the order on the day of the hearing or you will receive a copy of the order in the mail within a few days.
Get a Certified Copy of the Order: After one week from the date of your hearing, you may come to the Court Clerk’s Office where your case was heard and request a certified copy of the Decree Changing Name (NC-130). You will need to purchase a certified copy of your court order to change your driver’s license, passport, and other legal documents.