The Five Types of Name Changes in Colorado
October 26, 2020

The Five Types of Name Changes in Colorado

Need to change your name? There are five types of name change processes in Colorado, and this article will briefly explain each. Additional information and more detailed steps to changing your name can be found on the Colorado Court System’s website, located here.

1. Post Divorce Name Changes

Post-divorce name restorations occur when a former spouse wants their previous name restored. These name changes are both easy and affordable. Because your name is only being restored, there is no requirement for a background check or publication of your name change.There is also no filing fee for post divorce name changes if you file within 60 days after the divorce decree has been signed. However, if you file for the name change after 60 days, there will be a filing fee of $105.

2. Adult Name Changes

Adult name changes require a few more steps than post-divorce name changes. There is a filing fee, requirement for a background check, and a requirement that you submit your name change for publication. However, our site can help you through this process. Additionally, our site can help you file the correct paperwork if you can not afford the filing fee or have extenuating circumstances that make you feel unsafe publishing your name change.

3. Child Name Changes

Child name changes can be tricky if two parents or guardians are involved because Colorado requires both parents to be notified of the proposed name change. Since both parents need to agree to the name change, a court hearing is generally required in these cases.  However, we can help you through that process by providing you with all of the paperwork and information needed. Children above the age of 14 will have to undergo a fingerprinting and background check, while children under the age of 14 will not.

4. Name Change for person 70 years or older

Adults over the age of 70 can enjoy a cheaper and easier name change process. Unlike other groups, adults over the age of 70 do not need to publicize their name change, which is often the most expensive part of the name change process. However, adults over the age of 70 must still complete a fingerprinting and background check.

5. Name Change - Obtain Identity Documents (Felony/Juvenile Delinquent)

As a general rule, people with felonies and juvenile delinquents cannot legally change their name. However, this final type of name change can be used when the person needs the name change in order to obtain identity documents such as a license or identification card. While we can’t guarantee success, we can help you through the process which has multiple steps including a filing fee, the submission of fingerprints, and notifying the DA’s office.

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