Change Your Name Legally in Pennsylvania
It is unlawful for any individual in Pennsylvania to “assume a name different from the name by which such person is and has been known, unless such change in name is made pursuant to proceedings in court”. (54 Pa.C.S.A section 701)
Larry Lefkowitz can help with name changes in Pennsylvania. Every County in Pennsylvania has a Court of Common Pleas which requires their own procedure for changing names. It is important to have a lawyer to help you do it the right way. You can change your own name or the name of a minor child by filing a Petition for Name Change.
For an adult name change, you must provide your birth certificate, social security card and driver’s license. After your Petition is filed, you need to be finger printed, have a judgment search done in every county you have lived in for the last five (5) years, and after your hearing is scheduled, you need to publish notice of the name change hearing in two (2) newspapers; one legal and one of general circulation.
For changing the name of a minor, you need parental consent or permission from the court (if a parent refuses to give their consent). If a child is over the age of twelve (12), they must give their consent in writing.