Changing a minor's legal name in Pennsylvania requires completion of the form attached to the back of the child's birth certificate. The process of legally changing a child name requires that both parents consent to the change, as both are required to sign the form.Continue Reading
The most productive procedure for changing the name of a minor when both parents consent requires that both parties fill out the form provided with the birth certificate, submit the form along with a copy of one parent's state-issued identification to the state Bureau of Vital Statistics, and pay a $4 handling fee if the incorrect birth certificate is to be returned. This fee can be waived for members of the armed services. The Social Security Administration, as a federal agency not under the control of the state government, will only change its records in response to an order from a court or with a petition from the parents that includes two copies of the child's identification.
When one parent refuses consent for the change, it is necessary to file a legal action with the court. The court makes its determination according to the perceived best interests of the child as to whether the child's name will be changed.Learn more about Law