To file a name change in Colorodo:
- Follow the instructions provided by the Colorado Judicial Branch.
- Utilize the Colorado Name Change Project website, which includes a name change form generator, from to guide you through the process.
Note: according to the CO Name Change Project, forms required for Jefferson County residents are different; we recommend using the specialized JeffCo form generator from the CO Name Change Project.
Where to file:
Do I need to publish my name change in a newspaper?
Maybe; you may submit a Motion for Exemption from the Publication Requirement, included in the Name Change Form Generator or Name Change Form Packet Download from the CO Name Change Project— such motions have been accepted in the past.
The filing fee for a petition to change name is $88 in county court or $238 in district court.
If you cannot afford the fee, you can request to file without payment.
Name Changes for Minors Under 18:
For instructions on legal name changes for minors under 18 in Colorado, see NCTE's Name Changes for Minors in Colorado resource.
To obtain a legal name change in Colorado, an applicant must submit a petition to the court for a name change order. The applicant must publish notice of the name change in a newspaper at least three times in 21 days, except with good cause. A name change will not be granted for convicted adult felons or delinquents with the equivalent of an adult felony unless there is good cause. The applicant must be fingerprinted, update their criminal history with the new name, and notify District Attorney offices where convicted. (Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 13-15-101 & 13-15-102).