So you are wanting to change your name and you want to know how to change your name or what to expect if you are meeting with an attorney about legally changing your name. Well, here are the steps that will be required when you want to change your name in South Carolina. Legal name changes are governed by South Carolina Code Section 15-49-10.
Before a name change petition can be filed with the Family Court, you must take care of some administrative things. First you have to request a name change kit from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). This kit will include information on ordering a background check and a fingerprint card. You should go to a local law enforcement office to get fingerprinted. That fingerprint card should be sent in with the background check form along with a check for $25.00. A few days later you will receive a copy of the background check from SLED.
You must also obtain a screening statement from the Department of Social Services stating that you are not on any child abuse or neglect registries. There is an $8.00 charge for this statement. You will need to fill out a form and mail the form and payment in and several days later you will receive that report.
You should also get verification that you are not on the State Sexual Offender Registry.
After that, you or your attorney will file a petition for name change with the Family Court asking for the legal name change. From there you will most likely have a hearing where you have to testify before the judge about the reason you are seeking a name change. The statute does not say that a hearing is absolutely required, so to me that leaves it up to the discretion of the judge. I have seen it go both ways, where a judge signs a name change order without a hearing and other times where the judge requires a hearing.
Are you interested in handling a name change on your own?
We have prepared a step-by-step system that holds your hand and walks you through the entire adult name change process in South Carolina.
All you have to do is download the form, filling in the simple form and all of the documents you need to request your name change will be created for you instantly.
- provides you all of the background check forms, name change petition, and the name change order.
- gives you helpful checklists to make sure each step is completed properly.
- the exact testimony you will need to give before the family court judge so you can get your name changed successfully.
All you have to do is follow some simple instructions.
Here are the answers to the most common questions about the name change system:
Q: How much will this cost?
The Name Change System is priced in such a way that nearly anyone can participate. For
$247 $147 you get instant access to everything you need to change your name in South Carolina.
This does not include the court costs and background check fees. The family court charges a $150.00 filing fee, SLED charges $25.00 for a background check fee, and DSS charges $8.00 for the registry check. So, in addition the the $147.00 cost for the Name Change System, you will have additional costs in the amount of $183. Compare that to the cost of hiring a lawyer for your name change.
Q: Am I hiring a lawyer?
No. You are simply purchasing a product. By purchasing this Name Change System you are not creating an attorney-client relationship with the Atkins Law Firm, P.A., V. B. Atkins III, Attorney at Law, or any other lawyer.
Q: Who is this for?
This system will help an adult in South Carolina prepare and file their name change petition, walk them through the process, provide a script to use during the hearing, and an order for the family court judge to sign granting the name change.
Not everyone will qualify for a name change, however. If you have been convicted of a crime, served time in the department of corrections, have been investigated by the Department of Social Services, are a registered sex offender, or you are listed on any child abuse or neglect registry you may not qualify for a name change in South Carolina. If you have questions about your eligibility, you may contact us using the simple form on our connect page.
This is not the proper document if you are trying to change the name of a minor child. You will need to contact a lawyer for a minor name change.
Q: How long do I have access to the materials?
Forever. After your purchase you will be able to immediately download everything you need.
Q: How does it work?
You will receive access to a PDF document so you will need Adobe Reader or some other PDF software. You will enter the requested information into a simple one-page form and it will populate all of the forms and documents you need.
Q. How is everything delivered to me?
By download to your computer. As soon as you successfully complete the credit card transaction you will be directed to a download page where you can download the SC Adult Name Change System.
Q. What if I decide this isn’t for me and want a refund?
Because this system is delivered electronically and immediately there are no refunds.