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What is an Illinois Name Change Petition and Order?

This Petition is used to get a court order for an adult legal name change in Illinois. A court order is often unnecessary if you just got married or divorced. 
 
This Petition is used to get a court order for an adult legal name change in Illinois.

When to use an Illinois Name Change Petition and Order:

  • You live in the state of Illinois and want to make a legal name change, but not because you have been recently married or divorced.

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STATE OF ILLINOIS

 

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

 

COUNTY

 

IN RE THE MATTER OF: ) _____Application granted

) _____Application denied

)

  ) No. ____________________

)

) _________________, 20___

 

APPLICATION TO SUE AS A POOR PERSON

 

I, , on my own behalf, on oath state:

 

1. My current address is , , Illinois, .

 

2. My occupation and amount of public benefits is: , .

 

3. My other sources of income or support are: None.., .None.

 

7. I own no real estate. The total value of all my personal property does not exceed in value and consists of clothing and furniture, and other household items, including a , motor vehicle, valued at .

STATE OF ILLINOIS

 

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

 

COUNTY

 

IN RE THE MATTER OF: )

)

  ) No. ____________________

)

)

 

MOTION TO WAIVE PUBLICATION COSTS

 

I, state the following facts are true:

 

1. I have filed an Application to Sue as a Poor Person, which lists my income, resources and assets.

 

2. An order was entered by this Court that allowed me to pursue this action without payment of costs.

 

3. Illinois case law recognizes that publication costs of persons like myself are a local obligation and that service by publication is a constitutional right under due process of law. King v. King, 21 Ill. App.3d 1062, 316 N.E.2d 555 (4th Dist. 1974).

 

WHEREFORE, I ask that the Court waive publication costs and order the County Treasurer to pay the costs of publication to the newspaper which publishes the required Notice of Filing of Petition For Change of Name.

 

______________________________, Plaintiff

 

Under penalties as provided by law pursuant to Section 5/1-109 of the Code of Civil Procedure, the undersigned certifies that the statements set forth in this instrument are true and correct, except as to matters therein stated to be on information and belief and as to such matters the undersigned certifies as aforesaid that she/he verily believes the same to be true.

 

______________________________, Plaintiff

STATE OF ILLINOIS

 

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

 

COUNTY

 

IN RE THE MATTER OF: )

)

  ) No. ____________________

)

)

 

ORDER WAIVING PUBLICATION COSTS

 

The Court, having considered the Motion to Waive Publication Costs filed herein by Plaintiff and having previously allowed Plaintiff to pursue this action as a poor person, finds that Plaintiff is indigent.

 

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Clerk of the Circuit Court shall cause publication to be made on behalf of Plaintiff and the Treasurer of County pay costs of publication upon presentation of a statement by the newspaper wherein such notice was published and upon filing and allowance of claim. The County Treasurer shall pay for such necessary and proper expenses pursuant to 55 ILCS 5/ 5-1106.

 

 

DATE:___________________ ENTER:___________________________________

JUDGE

STATE OF ILLINOIS

 

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

 

COUNTY

 

IN RE THE MATTER OF: )

)

  ) No. ____________________

)

)

 

NOTICE OF FILING OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME

 

 

Notice is given you, the public, that on , I will file a Petition For Change of Name in this Court asking the Court to change my present name of to the name of .

 

 

 

DATE_____________________________ PLAINTIFF_____________________________

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS

 

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

 

COUNTY

 

IN RE THE MATTER OF: )

)

  ) No. ____________________

)

)

 

PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME

 

I, , without the assistance of an attorney, ask this Court to change my name. In support of my Petition, I state the following items are true:

 

1. This Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter and myself

 

2. I am years old.

 

3. My current address is: , , Illinois .

 

4. I have lived in Illinois for at least 6 consecutive months before I filed this Petition.

 

 

6. My current full name is: .

 

7. The new name I would like the court to give me is: .

 

WHEREFORE, I request that the Court grant my Petition For A Name Change.

 

 

______________________________, Plaintiff

 

Under penalties as provided by law pursuant to Section 5/1-109 of the Code of Civil Procedure, the undersigned certifies that the statements set forth in this instrument are true and correct, except as to matters therein stated to be on information and belief and as to such matters the undersigned certifies as aforesaid that she/he verily believes the same to be true.

 

 

_____________________________, Plaintiff

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS

 

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

 

COUNTY

 

IN RE THE MATTER OF: )

)

  ) No. ____________________

)

)

 

ORDER FOR CHANGE OF NAME

 

 

The Court, having considered the Petition for Change of Name filed herein by Plaintiff, heard the evidence, and being otherwise fully advised in the premises, finds that it should be granted.

 

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Plaintiff's name of , is hereby changed to: , by which he shall be hereafter known and called.

 

DATE: ___________________________ ENTER:___________________________________

JUDGE

 

LETTER TO NEWSPAPER

 

 

DATE: ____________________

 

Newspaper

, Illinois

 

 

Dear Sir or Madam:

 

Re: , Case number: ______________

 

Enclosed you will find a Notice to File Petition For Change of Name in the above referenced case. Please run this Notice once a week for 3 weeks. After publication has been completed, please send the Certificate of Publication to me in the enclosed self addressed stamped envelope.

 

( ) Please bill me for the cost of publication. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

( ) Please bill the office of the Treasurer in __________________ County,

___________________ County Courthouse, _________________________, Illinois for the cost of publication. I have enclosed a court order requiring the Treasurer to pay the cost of publication in my case. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

I thank you for your cooperation.

 

Sincerely,

 

, Illinois

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Illinois Name Change Petition and Order FAQs

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  • How do I change my name in Illinois?

    When a name change is part of a marriage or divorce, the request is processed as part of the marriage license or Final Decree of Divorce.

    The process to change your name in Illinois (outside of a marriage or a divorce related court order) is fairly straightforward given your petition meets all requirements and you are not changing your name to avoid legal trouble. To change your legal name, you must file a Petition for Request for Name Change in Illinois with the court -- you must do this by filing online unless you qualify for an exemption . Once you have filed this request, you should get a court date (if a court date is not automatically assigned, you should request one from the Circuit Clerk ). You'll also need to publish a Notice of Court Date for Request for Name Change in a newspaper in the county where you live once a week for 3 weeks in a row. This step can be waived for certain situations where publishing would put you at risk of harm or discrimination; you'll need to also file a Motion to Waive Notice and Publication to request an exemption. After the Notice appears in a newspaper for 3 weeks, get a Certificate of Publication from the newspaper and you will then need to file this certificate with the Circuit Court prior to your court date. Finally, once your day in court has come, Go to your court date to ask the court to change your name. Make sure to bring a valid ID and all supporting paperwork including any Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage or Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage, or other papers that may prove that you meet the requirements of a name change in Illinois.

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