What information should be included in a name change petition?
You will generally be required to provide the following information:
- county of residence;
- date and location of birth;
- reason for changing your name and/or correcting your birth certificate
The requirements for name change petitions are set forth in the Section 29-8-102 of the Tennessee Code:
The application to change the name or to correct an error in a birth certificate shall be by petition, in writing, signed by the applicant and verified by affidavit, stating that the applicant is a resident of the county, and giving the applicant's reasons for desiring the change or correction.
Can individuals with criminal records file name change petitions?
Individuals, who have been convicted of first or second degree murder, or any offense requiring registration as a sex offender, may not file a name change petition in Tennessee.
Where is a name change petition filed?
In the county where the petition resides. The Petition may be filed with the probate, circuit or county court