We are finding that many people using a different name then what is on their birth certificate. Now, as they try to renew their driver’s license, they are running into difficulties. Let me help you cut through the red tape.
In order to change your name, a Petition must be filed with the Court. The Petition contains information as to the reason you want your name changed, whether or not you have a felony on your record, whether or not you have filed for bankruptcy and any names that you may have been known as in the past. You must also have your fingerprints taken by Livescan so that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement can do a background check.
After filing the Petition, a Court date will be set where you will have to appear in front of the Judge. At the hearing, you will attest to the truth of your statements and answer any questions asked by the Judge.
It should be noted, that a family name change could be done for all immediate members of your family using one petition and one Court hearing.