Any person desiring to change his/her name or that of his/her child may apply to the District Court of the county in which he/she resides.
You, the petitioner, must complete the Petition for Change of Name which is provided by the clerk.
See the Fee Schedule for cost to file for Change of Name. This fee includes three certified copies of the Order when signed as well as the Auditor's recording fee.
Documents needed for the court hearing:
Adult-Photo Identification card
Child-Copy of birth certificate and photo identification card for the parent requesting
Additional certified copies of the Order are $5.00. Regular copies are $.50 per page.
The original Name Change Order will be recorded for you with the Okanogan County Auditor. The $72.00 recording fee is included in the fee charged at the time the petition is granted.
The Department of Vital Records in your birth state requires a certified copy. If you were born in Washington mail the certified copy to: Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, P.O. Box 9709, ET-11, Olympia, WA 98507-9709. It is suggested you request a copy of your birth certificate reflecting the name change. There is a charge for this procedure. Include a stamped, self addressed envelope.
The Social Security Department requests and keeps a certified copy of the name change. The address of the local office is: Social Security Administration, Social Security Number Unit, Federal Building, 301 Yakima Street, G-301, Room 212, Wenatchee, WA 98807 - 1-800-772-1213
You must change the name on your driver's license. The Department of Licensing requires a copy, not certified, to issue a new license.
If you are in the military service, you will need an additional certified copy for your military records.
Petitions for Change of Name are heard on Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. You will be given a court date when you complete the Petition for Name Change and pay the filing fee.
When the Judge calls your name, report to the front of the courtroom. The Judge will ask you some general questions and review your identification documents. If the Judge allows the name change, you will return with the file to the District Court office, the paperwork will be processed, and certified copies will be made.