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Approved Statewide Forms — Name Change

The Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice has approved the following forms. All Illinois Courts must accept these forms. Scroll down below the chart for important information on how to fill out these forms, including the need for Adobe and downloading forms to save them properly so that you can electronically file them


Name Change (Adult)

Illinois Legal Aid Online provides a guided interview that will ask you a series of questions related to this topic and then the program will complete the forms for you. It is free to use.

Odyssey Guide and File also offers you a similar guided interview that will ask you a series of questions related to this topic. The program will complete the forms for you and help you e-file. It is free to use.

Form Title Notes
Getting Started Request for Name Change (Adult) Approved 06/2020
How to Change your Name (for an Adult) Approved 03/2020
Request for Name Change (Adult) Approved 12/2019
Order for Name Change (Adult) Approved 03/2020
Publication Notice of Court Date for Request for Name Change (Adult) Approved 01/2018
Motion to Waive Notice & Publication (Request for Name Change) Approved 01/2019
Order to Waive Publication Approved 01/2019

Name Change (Minor)

Illinois Legal Aid Online provides a guided interview that will ask you a series of questions related to this topic and then the program will complete the forms for you. It is free to use.

Form Title Notes
Getting Started Request for Name Change (Minor Children) Approved 01/2019
How to Change Children's Names Approved 01/2019
Request for Name Change (Minor Children) Approved 01/2019
Request for Name Change - Child Info Approved 01/2019
Order for Name Change (Minor Children) Approved 01/2019
Notice of Court Date Request for Name Change (Minor Children) Approved 09/2019
Publication Notice
Approved 03/2018
Request for Name Change - Additional Children Approved 03/2018
Request for Name Change - Additional Parent Approved 03/2018
Letter to Sheriff Approved 02/2017
Motion to Waive Notice & Publication (Request or Name Change) Approved 01/2019
Order to Waive Publication
Approved 01/2019

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All forms are ADA accessible, and you can handwrite or type into the PDF form to fill it out. IMPORTANT: You will need Adobe Acrobat, or free Adobe Reader XI (or a higher version) in order to save completed forms. You MUST first SAVE/DOWNLOAD each form as a PDF to your computer before you begin. If you fill out a form on a webpage, you will lose your progress.

E-filing: If you are e-filing any of these forms, you will need to "flatten" the form so it cannot be changed after you complete it. You flatten the form in one of two ways:

  1. If you used Adobe Acrobat or Reader to complete your downloaded form (recommended), go to the "File" menu at the top, select "print", and choose "Adobe PDF" or "Print to PDF" from the dropdown menu. You will be told to save the form. This saved form will be "flattened" and you can e-file it.
  2. If you did not use Adobe Acrobat or Reader, your computer will select a software that will allow you to fill out the forms. You will need to look for a "Save as PDF" option. Depending on the software you use, this option may be found in the print dialog box under your "Print" menu option.
  3. Before e-filing any "flattened" form, be sure to open the file to make sure that it looks is filled out.