A name search of property records from five years to date is required for anyone petitioning the court to change his/her own name or the name of a minor child.
When petitioning the court to have a name changed, our office should be contacted, and a name search requested, immediately following the filing of the petition with the court. In order to conduct a name search, our office will need:
the name to be searched [the name being changed]
whether the petitioner is a minor
the name of any spouse
the hearing date
a contact person and contact phone number
On the day of the hearing, before going to the court, the name search certificate should be picked-up and paid for at our office by the petitioner or his/her representative. The fee for a name search is $10. The fee for a same day search is $20. Our office does not accept personal checks.