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Name Change

You must be a resident of Erie County for One Year for Erie County Probate Court to process this request.

  • Parental consent is required for individuals under 18 years old. A valid reason is required whenever changing a name. 

Name Change - Adult

The process through which an Ohio resident may attain a legal change of name is governed by Revised Code Section 2717.01. Any person desiring such a change may file an application with the probate court of the county in which he/she resides. One year residency is required. Notice of the change of name hearing must be published once, in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, at least thirty days prior to the hearing. If the court finds that the notice was appropriate and that the facts set forth in the application show reasonable and proper cause for changing the name, it may enter an order to change the name.

Revised Code Section 3705.13 provides an additional procedure that must be followed if the Probate Court grants a change of name for a person who was born in Ohio. The statute requires that the office of vital statistics receive and file a certified copy of the court order that changed the name. Such order shall be cross-referenced with the original birth record and the office of vital statistics shall then issue a new certification of birth (not a new birth certificate) which reflects the change.

Name Change – Minor

Revised Code Section 2717.01(B) governs any change of name of a minor. The statute’s requirement that a change of name be supported by “reasonable and proper cause” implies that the best interests of the child be considered. An application may be made on behalf of a minor by the minor’s parents, a legal guardian or a guardian ad litem. In changes of names, an application on behalf of a minor must also be accompanied by the consent of both living, legal parents of the minor. If either or both of the parents do not consent to the change of the minor’s name, then notice of the hearing must be sent to the non-consenting parent(s) by certified mail, return receipt requested. If the father of the minor is unknown, such notice shall be sent to the person whom the mother alleges to be the father. Absent such an allegation, or if either parents address is unknown, then notice by publication, pursuant to Revised Code Section 2717.01(A), is sufficient. Any notice required by that section, except the publication notice of division (A) may be waived in writing by the person entitled to the notice.

Revised Code Section 3705.13 provides an additional procedure that must be followed if the Probate Court grants a change of name for a person who was born in Ohio. The statute requires that the office of vital statistics receive and file a certified copy of the court order that changed the name. Such order shall be cross-referenced with the original birth record and the office of vital statistics shall then issue a new certification of birth (not a new birth certificate) which reflects the change.