INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
FORM 12.982(a),PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME (ADULT) (06/10)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when an adult wants the court to change his or her name. This form is not to
be used in connection with a dissolution of marriage or for adoption of child(ren). If you want a change
of name because of a dissolution of marriage or adoption of child(ren) that is not yet final, the change
of name should be requested as part of that case.
This form should be typed or printed in black ink and must be signed before a notary public or deputy
clerk. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where you live and
keep a copy for your records
What should I do next?
Unless you are seeking to restore a former name, you must have fingerprints submitted for a state
and national criminal records check. The fingerprints must be taken in a manner approved by the
Department of Law Enforcement and must be submitted to the Department for a state and national
criminal records check. You may not request a hearing on the petition until the clerk of court has
received the results of your criminal history records check. The clerk of court can instruct you on the
process for having the fingerprints taken and submitted, including information on law enforcement
agencies or service providers authorized to submit fingerprints electronically to the Department of Law
Enforcement. The process may take several weeks and you will have to pay for the cost of processing
the fingerprints and conducting the state and national criminal history records check.
Next, you must obtain a hearing date for the court to consider your request. If you are seeking to
restore a former name, a hearing on the petition MAY be held immediately after the petition is filed.
The final hearing on any other petition for a name change may be held immediately after the clerk of
court receives the...