Here you will find links to written information about changing your name. Additionally, you will find legal forms and details on how to seek assistance or aid from a lawyer, if needed. Some areas of the state have more information than others. You may wish to look at information from other areas as well as your own. Please be advised that not every court in the state will accept all of the following forms.
You can find the forms needed by scrolling down on the Southeast Tennessee Legal Services page.
If you legally change your name because of marriage, divorce, court order or any other reason, you must tell Social Security so you can get a corrected card for free. The same applies once you receive the I-766 card, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You can find more details on this process by visiting the Social Security Administration's website.
Learn how to obtain your birth certificate from the Tennessee Office of Vital Records.
The Office of Vital Records is tasked with amending birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates. If you need to amend one of these documents, you may click on the link above to visit the website for the Office of Vital Records.
Learn where and how to legally change your name by clicking the link above to visit the website of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
This link will direct you to the forms provided by the Davidson County Chancery Court.
This link will direct you to forms and information provided by the Shelby County Probate Court.
If you are in Tennessee, the website, Free Legal Answers, allows you to ask a lawyer for help with a legal issue at no cost. It is fast and easy, and all you need is a computer. This is a FREE service for people who cannot afford a lawyer.
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