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Effective June 12, 2014 the Cost Fee Code NCA (Name Change Auditors Fee) will increase from $32 to $72.  This will make the total cost of the Name Change $170.00.

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.  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 June 12, 2014 the King County District Court fee for name changes is $170 cash only U.S. Currency which includes the $83 filing fee, a $10 administrative cost, a $72 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.

Once the Petition has been completed, the case will be presented to a judge for approval and signature.

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.

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

Daily 1:00 p.m.
Petitions must be completed and filed by 11:00 a.m. the same day

Bellevue
Courthouse

Daily 1:00 p.m.
Petition must be filed no later than 10:30 a.m. or hearing will be next day
Burien
Courthouse

Daily 1:15 p.m.
Petitions must be completed and filed by 11:00 a.m. the same day 

Issaquah
Courthouse

Daily
No hearings between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  

Maleng Regional
Justice Center
Daily at 1:15 pm
Petition must be completed and filed by 10:30 am the same day
Redmond
Courthouse

Daily 1:00 p.m.
Petition must be filed no later than 11.00 a.m. or hearing will be next day

Seattle
Courthouse
Daily at 1:30 p.m.
Petitions must be completed and filed no later than 11:00 a.m.
Shoreline
Courthouse
Daily to 3:00 p.m.
Petitions must be filed no later than 3:00 p.m. or they will be scheduled on the next days calendar