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Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services

Legal Name Changes

Notice: As set forth in Executive Order 311 signed by Governor Murphy on November 16, 2022, all legal name changes on file with the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services (filed in 1948 or later) are now classified as confidential. (See Executive Order 311 ).

The Division may grant exceptions to the confidentiality provision. If you are the individual who obtained a name change judgment, an authorized representative of the individual, or a public official with a valid governmental reason to access the judgment, then you may submit a Good Cause Exception form , along with the required documentation.

Filing Legal Name Changes

Court-ordered name changes must be filed with the Division within 45 business days of the name change. The original certified copy of the court ordered decree with raised seal must be submitted with a filing fee of $50.00. The original decree will be returned to you. Should you require a certified copy of the filing, an additional fee of $25.00 per copy is required.

Send your letter with the court ordered decree and payment to:

Regular Mail:

Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services
Judgment Name Change Unit
PO Box 453
Trenton, NJ 08646

Over-the-Counter or Courier Service submissions:

State of NJ-Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services
33 West State Street, 5th Fl.
Trenton, NJ 08608

Access to Judgments Filed Prior to 1948

Legal name changes filed before 1948 are archived. Submit your request to:

Catherine Medich
New Jersey State Archives
P.O. Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307

  • Old Name
  • New Name
  • County (Superior Court) in which the Judgment occurred
  • Date of Judgment (or close approximation)
  • If available, the court docket number

The fee for archival search/copy is $5.00. If a State Seal is required (certified copy), two separate checks must be submitted; one in the amount of $5.00 and one in the amount of $25.00. Check(s) made payable to: "New Jersey General Treasury".

Last Updated: Thursday, 12/01/22