There are many reasons as to why one would want to change their name. Whether you’ve recently married, recently divorced or maybe you’ve finally come to the conclusion that it’s time for a name change. Blood Law of Union County NC wants to educate you about the in and outs of changing your name in the State of North Carolina. What Are The Requirements? In order to change your name in the State of North Carolina, there are many documents that you will need to provide. These documents include; Proof of Information provided on your birth certificate Results from your criminal history check, completed with 90 days of the application A sworn statement confirming residency If the applicant has outstanding child support or taxes. (If the applicant is under the age of 16, the criminal history results are not necessary) What Are The Next Steps? After you’ve provided all of the information necessary, the clerk will then decide if there are “good and sufficient reasons” to grant you the name change. If the request is denied, the applicant will have the opportunity to appeal the decision. Although this may frighten you, there are a few reasons that are fairly certain to award you the name change. Reasons include marriage, divorce, and adoption. However, the name change of a minor does not equate to legal adoption, nor does it waive responsibilities that the biological parents have to the child. Additionally, registered sex offenders are banned from obtaining a name change under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-202.6. More information on the name change process can be found in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 101-5 or you can call Blood Law today to consult with a professional (704) 286-0570.