New York Name Change
A petition for leave to assume another name may be made by a resident of New York State to either the County Court or the Supreme Court of the County in which s/he resides, or, if the person resides in the City of New York, to any branch of the Civil Court of the City of New York. Source: The Civil Court of the City of New York, General Instruction to Change a Name.
General Requirements for Legal Name Change in New York
1. Proof of date and place of birth.
If the individual was born in the State of New York, a certified copy of the birth certificate, with the raised seal of the local government agency, is required. If the individual was born outside the State of New York, the Judge may permit a copy of the birth certificate, baptismal certificate, a passport or other legal document(s) indicating the date and place of birth as proof of birth. NOTE: These documents will, in general, be made a part of the Court record, and will not be returned to the Petitioner.
2. Criminal Record.
If the individual has been convicted of a crime, an explanation of the offense, time served, etc. must be provided. If the sentence has been satisfied, a copy of the Certificate of Incarceration or Certificate of Disposition may be provided.
3. Financial Status.
If the individual has been adjudicated a bankrupt, if there are any pending judgments against the petitioner of if there are any civil actions or proceedings pending regarding the petitioner, specific details must be provided.
The Petitioner must provide the Court with the reason for wanting the change of name.