Alabama Name Change Laws
What to file:
- Petition for Adult Name Change, or you can use the local petitions provided by your local probate court.
- Background check
- 2 proofs of residence
- Photo identification
- Birth certificate
Where to file:
File the petition and supporting documents at your local probate court.
Check with your local probate court as the fee ranges from $25 to $95.
If you are unable to afford this, you can submit an Affidavit of Substantial Hardship and Order.
Name Changes for Minors Under 18:
For instructions on legal name changes for minors under 18 in Alabama, see NCTE's Name Changes for Minors in Alabama resource.
To obtain a legal name change in Alabama, an applicant must submit a petition to the probate court for a name change order. Publication of the name change is not required (Statute: Ala. Code §12-13-1).
Alabama Drivers License Policy & Procedures
In order to update the name on an Alabama ID, the applicant must first change their name with the Social Security Administration and then submit the court order for name change to a Driver License Office. The Alabama Department of Public Safety addresses name changes here.
In order to update the gender on an Alabama ID, the applicant must submit an amended birth certificate OR documentation signed by a surgeon verifying that the applicant has completed gender reassignment surgery.
To submit documentation in person, go to a Driver License Examining District Office.
To submit documentation by mail, contact the Medical Unit of the Driver License Agency at 334-242-4777 for review and advance approval, and they can advise what to submit and by what method to submit it.
Alabama Birth Certificate Laws
Alabama will amend the gender marker on a birth certificate upon receipt of a certified copy of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction indicating that the "sex… has been changed by surgical procedure and that the name of the individual has been changed." An amended birth certificate is issued and the original birth certificate is not sealed. (Alabama Code § 22-9A-19, 22-9A-21). To apply for an amended birth certificate the applicant should submit a request to amend birth certificate, the certified court order directing amendment of the birth certificate, a copy of their government issued photo ID, and any applicable fees to Vital Records. The request to amend a birth certificate can be found here.