Name Change Court Order
The first step to legally changing your name in New Jersey is getting a court order.
The New Jersey Courts have packets to help with this process:
If you’d like legal assistance with the name change process, fill out this form and we can connect you with trusted attorneys who can help.
As of December 2020, publishing name change requests and court orders in a newspaper is no longer required in New Jersey.
Driver’s License/State ID
To update your name on your driver’s license or state ID, you must submit a certified copy of your court order. The MVC has more information on name changes on its website.
To update your gender marker on your driver’s license or state ID, you must submit a Declaration of Gender Designation Change form.
As of April 2021, X gender markers are now available on driver’s licenses and state IDs in addition to M and F gender markers.
Use the following forms from the Office of Vital Statistics & Registry to update your name and gender marker on your or your child’s New Jersey birth certificate: