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How Much Does a Legal Name Change Cost?

Your name is not set in stone. At some point in your life, you may want to change it legally. If you do so, you’ll have to fill out some paperwork and pay a fee. How much it costs depends on where you live. Below, we’ll answer common questions and provide some tips to make the process a bit easier.

How Much Does a Legal Name Change Cost?

You may face a number of fees if you decide to change your name, and those fees will vary depending upon the state or county you’re in. You may find that your fees are higher or lower than they are for a friend who is doing the same in a neighboring state.

Chances are, however, you’ll pay anywhere from around $50 to possibly upwards of $500 to change your name. You may have to pay some common fees for the following purposes:

  • Court filing

  • Certified copy

  • Newspaper notice

  • Attorney or online service preparation

  • Birth certificate name change

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