Name Change

INSTRUCTIONS FOR NAME CHANGE


FEES


There is a total of $185.00 due at the time of filing. There are also fees for Publication, Fee for fingerprinting, Fee to the Michigan State Police for the processing of the fingerprints through the State and LEIN.  The State of Michigan determines this cost.  

After the hearing you may obtain certified copies of the Order Changing Name for a fee of $12.00 each.  

WAYS THAT A CHANGE OF NAME MAY OCCUR:

  •  Correction of the Birth Certificate.  If there is a mistake on the birth certificate, you may consult with the Michigan Department of Public Health, Vital Records Division for the proper procedure to correct the mistake at (517)335-8660 (Monday thru Friday 8:00 am. to 5:00 p.m.) or at www.michigan.gov/mdch
  • Changing Last Name after Paternity is Established.  If the name of the father is not indicated on the birth certificate and the children have the mother’s last name, the last name can be changed to the father’s last name after paternity is established if both parents agree. You may consult with the Michigan Department of Public Health, Vital Records Division listed above for the proper procedure.
  • Changing Name Back to Maiden Name after Divorce. A married woman in Michigan does not have to assume the last name of her husband. If the woman does assume the sire name of her husband, the Judgment of Divorce or an Amendment to the Judgment of Divorce can restore her maiden name.
  • Name Change in Conjunction with an Adoption. When an adoption is finalized, the Order of Adoption will specify the new name. When a certified copy of that order is presented to the Michigan Department of Public Health with the proper fee, a new birth certificate is prepared.
  • Use of Nickname or Initials. You do not have to obtain a legal name change if you want to use J. Michael Smith rather than John Michael Smith or John M. Smith. However, if you want official identification issued that way, you will need to obtain the change of name through the court process.
  • Court Ordered Change of Name. If none of the previous explanations fit your situation and you want the birth certificate to have a different name on it for you or your minor child, you may file a Petition to Change Name with the court.

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