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Shannon Sacca - An Experienced Pittsburgh Name Change Attorney

The process to change your name can be confusing.  I can help you change your name quickly and easily.  Complete the form below and let us help you start the process today!

Your Name Change Process

Our Pittsburgh Name Change Attorney Team can make this complicated and confusing process simple.  As with many things, a name change in Allegheny County requires an adult to file and submit a Petition for Name Change to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.  We have the experience to efficiently, affordably, and effectively guide you through this process to get quick results.  

To change your name in Pittsburgh, you will need to follow a specific process, as outlined in Pennsylvania law. Below you will find a step-by-step guide on how to change your name in Pennsylvania:

  1. Determine your eligibility: In Pittsburgh to change your name, you must be 18 years of age or older to change your name without parental consent. If you are under 18, you will need a parent or legal guardian to request the name change on your behalf.
  2. Get fingerprinted so that a background check can be obtained. 
  3. File a Verified Petition for Name Change. Our Pittsburgh Name Change Attorneys will obtain all information necessary for the filing. Make sure to provide accurate and detailed information.
  4. File the Petition: Your Pittsburgh Name Change Lawyer will take the Petition for Name Change to the Department of Court Records and pay the filing fee. 
  5. Publish Notices: Publish a notice of your name change in two local publications in general circulation. This is usually required to notify the public about your intention to change your name.
  6. Attend the Name Change Hearing: After the notice has been published and any required waiting period has passed, you will receive a notice of your name change hearing from your Pittsburgh Name Change Lawyer. You and your lawyer will attend the hearing at the scheduled date and time, answer any questions the judge may have, and explain your reasons for changing your name.
  7. Obtain the Court Order: When the judge approves your name change request, the judge will issue a court order granting the name change. We will request a certified copy of the court order from the Department of Court Records.
  8. Update your identification and records: With the certified copy of the court order, you can update your identification documents, such as your driver’s license, Social Security card, passport, and any other important records. Contact the relevant agencies to find out the specific process for updating your name on each document.  


Our Team can also assist Transgender and Non-binary individuals with their name changes.   The process is nearly identical to that outlined above, however, your Pittsburgh Name Change Lawyer can request that the Court seal the online docket, so that no documents are viewable by the public on the Department of Court Records website, and request a waiver of the publication requirement. 

Contact an Experienced Lawyer

It is always a good idea to consult with an attorney to ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information for your specific situation.  Our team of Pittsburgh Name Change Lawyers offers free consults for all name changes. Call us toll-free at 724-832-2499 today for an initial consultation. Or, if you prefer, chat or email with our Pittsburgh Family Law Attorneys.


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