In Spokane County, Name Changes for Adults (Petitioner must be at least 18 years of age) are filed in District Court and Name Changes for Minors (under 18) are filed in Superior Court. Name change petitions may also be filed and heard in Superior Court by victims of domestic violence wherein the file is sealed due to reasonable fear of safety (Sealed Name Change).
Name Changes for Adults (Petitioner must be at least 18 years of age)
The District Court has name change instructions and forms available on line. There is a filing fee and cost for certified copies - refer to the District Court website for current fees.
Please contact the District Court for more information or questions you may have:
Spokane District Court
Broadway Center Building
Corner of Broadway & Jefferson - 2nd Floor
Telephone: (509) 477-4770 ext:8
Name Changes for Minors (under 18)
The Superior Court is the proper court to petition for a name change for a minor (under 18). The Superior Court has minor name change instructions and forms on line. There is a filing fee and cost for certified copies - refer to the Fee Schedule for current fees.
To purchase forms in person (hard copy), please contact the Spokane County Bar Association Office. Please contact the Bar Association Office for current fees for the form packets.
Bar Association Office
County Courthouse - 4th Floor Annex
1116 W Broadway
Telephone: (509) 477-6032
Sealed Name Change
Name change petitions may be filed and heard in Superior Court when the person desiring a change of his or her name or that of his or her child or ward, is a victim of domestic violence. The name change file is sealed due to reasonable fear for the petitioner's safety or that of his or her child or ward.
In Spokane County, the Domestic Violence Consortium, a private, nonprofit organization provides assistance and forms for sealed name changes. The advocates at SCDVC provide a wide range of services to assist any person who is a victim of intimate partner violence or fears violence may happen.
To contact a DV Advocate in person for information or forms for a Sealed Name Change:
Domestic Violence Consortium Office
Monroe Court Building - Room 200
Corner of Monroe & Mallon
901 N Monroe
Spokane WA 99201
Birth Certificate Change
Once the name change has been approved, if you wish to change the birth certificate (and the person was born in Washington State) you will need to send certified copies of all completed paperwork to the Department of Health. There is a fee for each new certificate plus you will need to enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return. Please contact the Department of Health for current fees.
Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics
1112 SE Quince St
PO Box 9709
Olympia WA 98507-9709
Telephone: (360) 236-4313