Seeking a Legal Name Change?
For a legal name change, it is necessary to open a court case within the family division of the circuit court.
The filing fee to open a case is $150. You must be a resident of Macomb County for at least one year prior to
filing for a legal name change. For minors that are not yet one year old, the parent or legal guardian must
be a Macomb County resident for one year prior to filing for a legal name change. The forms necessary to
open a name change case can be obtained from our office or from the State Court Administrator’s Office
website at http://courts.michigan.gov. All other forms listed are available through our office.
In order to open the case, along with the fee, you will need to complete the “Petition to Change Name” form
and “Publication of Notice of Hearing” form and present all to the court section of the Macomb County
Clerk’s Office. The Petition must be filled out in its entirety. For the “Publication of Notice of Hearing”
form leave the hearing date, time, and judge blank. The whole process takes approximately 2 months.
After the case is opened:
For Adults 22 years of age or older:
If the petitioner seeking a legal name change is 22 years of age or older, fingerprinting is required. Fingerprinting must be
done AFTER your case is opened. You can have fingerprints taken at your local police agency for which you may be
charged a fee. After the fingerprints are completed, it is necessary to mail them to the Michigan State Police with a $49.25
processing fee (we have a form you will be given upon opening your case that contains the address and other information on
fingerprinting called “Special Instructions for Name Change”). Since we are unable to give you a hearing date until
fingerprint results have been received, it is necessary to furnish our office with a self-addressed, stamped envelope upon case
initiation so we may mail you the notice of your hearing date. The case proceeds as listed below under “For All Instances”