Download and complete the appropriate name change petition by inserting the appropriate information in place of any red text (and change it to black too, of course).
If you are over 18 or an emancipated minor, use the Adult Name Change Petition. If you have a felony conviction in your past, or for any other reason cannot truthfully make the declarations in the petition, contact SAGA for help.
If you are a parent seeking to change your child’s name, use the Name Change for a Minor form. You will also need to download, complete and get the other parent’s signature on the Parent’s Consent to Minor’s Name Change form. If the other parent refuses, or you can’t locate them, contact SAGA for assistance.
Once you’ve completed and signed the necessary form(s), make two copies. (Keep the doctor’s letter for use in the next steps.) Then take the original petition (the one with your actual signature), and both copies of the complete package and head for the Pima County Superior Court at 100 W. Congress in downtown Tucson. Go to the counter in the Clerk’s Office marked “civil,” not “criminal,” and present your forms. The clerk will keep the original petition, and will stamp both copies for you as proof of filing. (Keep these copies in a safe place, since you may need them in the future.)
The current filing fee for a name change petition is $258. You can pay with cash, check or credit card. However, you don’t have to wait until you have the entire filing fee ready. If you can’t pay the filing fee all at once, download and complete the Fee Waiver-Deferral Request & Order form and present it to the filing clerk along with your name change petition. A judge will review the form and decide whether to set up a payment schedule for you (most likely) or waive the filing fee entirely (unlikely).
Unlike what we have heard about other counties, the Pima County Superior Court has developed a very efficient procedure for processing name change requests. If you file your petition by 9:00 a.m., you should be able to leave with a certified copy of your name change order by noon. However, if you request a payment schedule or waiver of the filing fee, it will take a few days for the judge to rule on your request, so you will have to come back another day to get your name change order.
Once you’ve filed your name change petition and arranged to pay the filing fee, wait in the lobby on the first floor until a court employee comes out and calls the names of those requesting name changes that day. The employee will then direct you to the correct courtroom, where each person will be called to the bench, questioned privately by the judge and the order signed. If you are seeking a name change for your child, take the child with you. However, you may have to wait in the hallway with your child until your name is called.
Pima County judges are very familiar with the need for trans people to change our names and with the forms SAGA has developed over the years. So, you needn’t feel afraid or embarrassed about working with the Clerk’s Office or the judge to get what you need. Just be honest and upfront, and you shouldn’t have any problems. If, for whatever reason, the judge indicates that they are going to deny your petition, ask the judge to continue your petition for at least a week and contact SAGA to help you resolve the problem.
Once your order is signed, the judge will direct you to return to the Clerk’s Office on the first floor, where you will be given a certified copy of the court’s order at no cost. You should only need one certified copy to change all of your documents, since it will be photocopied and returned to you by each agency you present it to. If you need another copy, you can get a photocopy from the clerk’s office for 50 cents a page, but a certified copy will cost you $27. (You may have to pay for another certified copy if you wait more than a couple months to change all your documents since the agencies may insist on a more current certification.)
You may notice that the SAGA name change forms no longer include a request for an “order correcting [gender] documents.” We have concluded that the disadvantages of creating a public court record that outs you as trans outweighs the benefits of that order, which had little or no actual legal effect.
Adult Name Change Petition
Petition for Change of Name of Minor
Parent's Consent to Minor's Name Change and Waiver of Notice
Fee Waiver-Deferral Request and Order