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Effective July 26, 2021, the Cost Fee Code NCA (Name Change Auditors Fee) will increase from $103.50 to $203.50.  This will make the total cost of the Name Change $301.50.

The information contained here is intended to address the most frequently asked questions. It is not comprehensive and should not be construed as legal advice. Those in need of legal advice should consult an attorney.

Applications for Name Changes may be filed in the county where you reside. The process begins by completing a Petition for Name Change. The original Petition is filed with the clerk in any district court division located within the county of your residence. Photo ID may be required. The judge may require a certified copy of the birth certificate for minor children. If a sealed name change is required, the petition must be filed with the Superior Court.

Name Change fees vary depending upon the number of persons named on the Order. Individual petitions must be submitted for each person and minor child, but only one order will be necessary. Effective July 26, 2021, the King County District Court fee for name changes is $301.50 which includes the $83 filing fee, a $10 administrative cost, a $203.50 recording cost per named individual and $5 for one certified copy.  Additional certified copies are $5 per copy.  A separate recording fee is charged for each additional person named on the order.

  • Applicants filing a petition and paying all fees with cash or approved voucher from King County may have a hearing on the petition by the court on any name change calendar within 90 days.
  • Applicants filing their petition and paying the fees with any other mode of payment shall have the payment processed immediately and the hearing scheduled no earlier than 30 days after making payment.
  • If an applicant does not have the ability to pay the filing fee, they may request a waiver by completing a Motion and Declaration for Waiver of Civil Fees and Surcharges which will be reviewed by a judge.
  • If the person for whom you are seeking a name change is 14 through 17 years old, they must attend the hearing. Children under 14 years old might be required to attend, at the judge's discretion.

If you were born in Washington State and wish to change your birth certificate, you must send certified copies of all the paperwork to:

    Department of Health
    Center for Health Statistics
    P.O. Box 9709
    Olympia, WA 98507-9709

The Court will record your Name Change with the King County Recorder's Office. Only the Order needs to be recorded. Recording takes 6 to 8 weeks and a copy with the Recorder's Number will be returned to you.

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Name Change Filing and Hearing Schedule

NOTE: This schedule is posted for informational purposes only and may not be accurate. Name Change Calendars may not be held during Jury Week and the schedules may be changed due to volume. All hearing dates are assigned by the court division only. The Name Change Days and Times listed below may be changed by the division at any time. Photo ID may be required.

 

Location Hearing Days and Time
Auburn
Courthouse

Monday through Friday at 1:00 p.m.
   - Petitions must be filed by 11:00 a.m. the same day

Bellevue
Courthouse

Monday at 1:00 p.m.
   - Petitions must be filed by 11:00 a.m. the same day

Friday at 8:45 a.m.
   - Petitions must be filed by 4:00 p.m. the day before

Burien
Courthouse

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
   - Petitions must be filed by 11:00 a.m. the same day

Issaquah
Courthouse

Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 p.m.
   - Petitions must be filed by 11:00 a.m. the same day

Maleng Regional
Justice Center

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
   - Petitions must be filed by 11:00 a.m. the same day

Redmond
Courthouse

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
   - Petitions must be filed by 11:00 a.m. the same day

Seattle
Courthouse
Monday through Friday at 1:00 p.m.
   - Petitions must be filed by 11:00 a.m. the same day
Shoreline
Courthouse
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 11:30 a.m.
   - Petitions must be filed by 9:15 a.m. the same day