General information about
the name change process is contained in Wisconsin Statutes
786.36 and 786.37. There is a $164.50 filing fee to file a
Name Change action.
Forms for a name change,
as well as Basic Steps to Handling a Name Change, can be
found on the
State of Wisconsin website
The Clerk of Courts
cannot give you legal advice.
If you need further help,
you may consult the Wisconsin Statutes, Sections 786.36 and
In a name change
packet you will find the following State forms and
Bureau of Vital
Statistics form. If you were born in the State of
Wisconsin and your new name changes your birth certificate,
or affects other vital records, you will need to complete
this form in our office.
Before you begin
Carefully read all the
documents so that errors can be avoided. Complete all
documents that apply to you. YOU MUST USE BLACK INK.
Print or type the information, except for signatures, which
must be notarized. A notary is available in the Clerk of
After you have completed
all documents, you must come to the Clerk of Courts office
to open your file. Have photocopies of all completed
documents made for your records before coming to the Clerk
of Courts, or you may obtain copies in the Clerk of Courts
office for .25 per page before filing or $1.25 per page
after filed. After paying the statutory filing fee of
$164.50, the Clerk of Courts will assign a case number and a
Contact your local
newspaper and make the necessary arrangements to publish
your Notice of Hearing for one day for three consecutive
weeks (a Class 3 notice). Following publication, the
newspaper will issue you a Proof of Publication. File this
Proof of Publication with the Clerk of Courts prior to your
hearing date, if possible, or bring it with you at the time
of your hearing.
In some cases, additional
information may be needed by the Court, especially in name
changes for minor children under the age of 14 years. If
this applies to your case please read the instructions on
the appropriate form and the area on the Basic Steps to
Handling a Name Change.
It is your responsibility
to file the necessary affidavits along with your petition
If you were not born in
the State of Wisconsin, it is your responsibility to contact
the office of Vital Statistics in the state of your birth to
find out what is required to amend your vital records there.
You can obtain this information from your local library or
If your name change is
granted, your new name is effective immediately.
Return to the Clerk of Courts office immediately after the
A clerk will collect the
additional, necessary fees and costs from you. The fees
include the following:
1. There is a $10.00 fee
for filing the Bureau of Vital Statistics form, if this
applies to you. You may also obtain a certified copy of your
new birth certificate for a cost of $20.00, for a total of
$30.00. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the
same time are $3.00 each. Please make check payable to State
of Wis. Vital Records. We will mail this information to the
2. If you were born in
the State of Wisconsin there is a $30.00 fee for filing a
certified copy of your Order for Change of Name in the
office of the Register of Deeds. Check should be made
payable to Register of Deeds. We will forward this
information to their office.
3. If you were born in a
State other than Wisconsin, it is your responsibility to
contact the office of Vital Statistics in the state of your
birth to find out what is required to amend your vital
records there. Click on the link below and choose the
appropriate state for further information.
4. The clerk will certify
any additional documents you may wish to obtain for a cost
of $5.00 per document, plus $1.25 per page. Check should be
made payable to Clerk of Courts. You will need to contact
the proper individuals to report your name change and find
out if they require a certified copy. This is your
responsibility; the Clerk of Courts office cannot assist you
with this. At anytime, you may request additional copies as
you may need them.
If you need any further information regarding name change,
please call the Clerk of Courts office at: