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FAQ

What information should be included in a name change petition?

Answer: You will generally be required to provide the following information:
  1. county of residence;
  2. date and location of birth;
  3. reason for changing your name and/or correcting your birth certificate
The requirements for name change petitions are set forth in the Section 29-8-102 of the Tennessee Code:

29-8-102. Petition.

The application to change the name or to correct an error in a birth certificate shall be by petition, in writing, signed by the applicant and verified by affidavit, stating that the applicant is a resident of the county, and giving the applicant's reasons for desiring the change or correction.

Can individuals with criminal records file name change petitions?

Answer: Individuals, who have been convicted of first or second degree murder, or any offense requiring registration as a sex offender, may not file a name change petition in Tennessee.

Where is a name change petition filed?

Answer: In the county where the petition resides. The Petition may be filed with the probate, circuit or county court

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