Get your Decree from the court clerk
Get your Decree from clerk if you don't already have one
If you did not have to go to a hearing, or you did go but you didn’t get the Decree at the hearing, go to the clerk’s office. If you have the Decree Changing Name (form NC-130), take it with you. If the clerk kept it when you filed, tell the clerk they have it.
The clerk will process your Decree and return it to you, signed by the judge and filed.
Once you have a signed Decree, ask the court clerk to get a certified copy.
Get a certified copy of your Decree
To change your child’s legal ID documents, you will need at least one certified copy of the Decree. The clerk can get you a certified copy. This means the clerk adds an official stamp to your Decree that says the copy is true copy of the original. Depending on how many legal ID documents you want to update, you can ask for more than one certified Decree.
There is a $40 fee for each certified copy. If you have a fee waiver, you will not have to pay this fee.
Change your child’s legal ID documents
Take the certified copy of your Decree to the different agencies that issued the IDs you have to update for your child.
For example, take it to the:
Social Security Office near you to change their social security card and records
DMV to change their driver’s license or ID (if they have one)
Office of Vital Records to get an amended (updated) birth certificate
US Passport office to change their passport
Learn how to contact each agency where you might need to update your child's records
You are done with the court's name change process. You use your Decree to update your child's IDs and other legal documents.