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Obtaining a Court Order for Birth Certificates
A person may change their name for any reason unless it is for illegal purposes or interferes with the rights of others. They must petition a court for this change.
A parent may change the name of their child born in Maryland one time within the first year. After that time, they must petition a court for the change.
A court order is not required to change a sex designation. A court order is required if a name change is being requested at the same time as a sex change designation.
Petition for Change of Name
is filed in the Circuit Court of the jurisdiction in which you live.
You do not need to hire a lawyer to petition for a change of name or gender change.
There are different forms for adult and child name changes.
All petitions require a notice and certificate of publication (some jurisdictions may waive or arrange for this publication).
The court will schedule a hearing if someone objects to the name change or if the court has any questions about your petition.
If the name change raises no issues, a judge will sign a
Decree for Change of Name
Types of Court-Ordered Changes:
Change of Name for an Adult
Change of Name for a Child
Sex Designation Change on Birth Certificate
For Help with Obtaining Court Orders:
There are two programs that can help:
Family Law Self-Help Centers
Walk-in center hours vary, but are available in all Circuit Court locations.
The statewide legal help call center called the Maryland Courts Self-Help Center (MCSHC).
with an attorney at the MCSHC Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. You can reach self-help services at:
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464
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