Main Article on Name/Gender Change
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Name Change documents you must file with the court.
Filing Documents to obtain a name change.
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In order to obtain a legal name change, you will need to file with the county circuit court a Petition for Change of Name, a supporting Affidavit, and an Order for Change of Name.
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When you file your name change request, you must include a civil coversheet, which you can obtain at the circuit clerk's office or you can download one from the Pulaski Circuit/County Clerk's Court Filings section of their website.
Petition for Change of Name
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The petition should be signed by you or your attorney, but not both. It should be titled "Petition for Change of Name and Amended Birth Certificate", if you were born in Arkansas and "Petition for Change of Name" if you were born outside Arkansas.
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The affidavit should be titled "Affidavit in Support of Change of Name and Amended Birth Certificate" if you were born in Arkansas and "Affidavit in Support of Change of Name" if you were born outside Arkansas. You will need to get this document notarized, so do not sign it UNTIL YOU ARE IN FRONT OF A NOTARY. The Secretary of State office on Captiol Ave. in Little Rock will notarize documents at no charge. Other notary publics may charge you the customary $5 charge per document or per certificate. Do not pay any more than $5 to have only the affidavit notarized.
Order for Change of Name
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The document should be titled "Order for Change of Name and Amended Birth Certificate" if you were born in Arkansas and "Order for Change of Name" if you were born outside Arkansas.
It should be about 1-2 pages and have a place for the Judge to sign and date. It should also have a "prepared by" line indicating who prepared the document.
Self-Address Stamped Large Envelope
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Obtain Certified Copies of the Order
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