Legal Disclaimer: The following is basic legal information, provided as a public service by Wyoming’s lawyers. The information provided is not a substitute for speaking to an attorney. Only an attorney can give you legal advice regarding your specific situation. Click here for help finding a lawyer.
If you recently got married and want to change your last name to your spouse's last name, you may not have to go to court. You can usually change the name on your driver's license and social security card to your spouse's last name with just your marriage license or certificate. Contact WYDOT and your local Social Security office for more information.
If you are getting divorced and want to change your name to your maiden or previous name, you can usually do that during your divorce case. Click here for more information about divorce.
If you are becoming a U.S. citizen, you may able to change your name as part of the naturalization process. Click here for more information about naturalization.
Click here for Adult Name Change forms and instructions. NOTE: These are not official court forms. You may want to check with your local District Court first, to see if they have name change forms they want you to use. Click here for a District Court directory.
Important! If you file a petition for a name change without a lawyer, you are still expected to complete all the court documents correctly, and to follow all court rules and procedures. The District Court Clerk’s office cannot assist you in preparing any legal documents or advise you about the law. If you do not think you can complete the process by yourself, you should consider talking to a lawyer. Click here for help finding a lawyer.
What are the requirements to get a name change in Wyoming?
You must have been a bona fide resident of Wyoming for at least six (6) months before you can ask the Court for a name change.
You may change your first, middle and/or last names.
You cannot change your name to avoid legal obligations, or to harm or defraud another person.
If you are applying for a name change because your safety is in danger, it is highly recommended that you talk to a lawyer or a domestic violence counselor. Click here for more information about domestic violence. Click here for help finding a lawyer.
According to a new Wyoming law, if you are victim of domestic violence and your safety is in danger you can request to have your residence information in your name change file kept confidential and you will not have to publish a notice in a newspaper. To keep your information confidential, you will have to file a separate motion with your petition, and you may need to prove to the court why you are a victim of domestic violence and your safety is in danger.
In addition, you will need to pay for the cost of publishing your name in the local newspaper. This fee may be substantial (some papers charge as much as $200.00). You may want to call the newspaper first to make sure you can afford the publication fee.
1. Get new identification cards. After you change your name, it is important that you get new identification documents and notify some agencies and organizations about your new name. Each organization will have its own process for updating records. The first thing you may want to do is get a Social Security card and driver's license or I.D. with your new name so you can show them to the organizations along with the court order granting your name change.
Social Security Administration (Changing a name)
Wyoming Department of Transportation (driver's license and I.D. card)
Wyoming Secretary of State (voter registration)
U.S. State Department (passports)
Doctor, dentist, pharmacist
Banks and other financial institutions
Utility companies (telephone, cable, gas, electric, etc.)
State and federal tax authorities
Social service or benefit programs