April 25, 2016
We often get questions about name changes. There are many reasons why an individual would want to change his/her name or the name of a child.
The Name Changes in Texas research guide is intended for Texans who are seeking information about name changes. Though most name changes require a court order, there are certain instances (e.g., typographical or spelling errors) when you can amend a birth certificate through the Texas Vital Statistics office without a court order.
Our guide highlights useful e-books, articles, and other digital resources that you can download from home (some of which require a library account) such as:
- Texas Family Law Practice and Procedure by Matthew Bender has sections on changing the name of adults and children within volume 5.
- Name Change legal resources from TexasLawHelp has information and "kits" which include answers to frequently asked questions, instructions on how to proceed, and the legal forms that you must submit to the court.
- How to Get Your Name Changed (video) by the Texas Association of Counties and the V.G. Young Institute of County Government is a guide to the name change process in Texas.