Beginning last October 1, 2009, all persons filing for a legal name change in Florida are required to have their fingerprints taken electronically for a state and national criminal history records check. This new rule does not apply to a legal name change for a woman wanting to change her name back to her previous maiden/married name.
You can have your fingerprints taken at almost all of the 67 county sheriffs’ offices located throughout the state for a fee of around $48.00 and they will submit them electronically to the appropriate agencies including the FBI. The clerk of the court will give you the location of the local sheriffs’ office or a service provider that is authorized to submit fingerprints electronically in your area. Your criminal history report/record will then be sent to clerk of the court in the county where you have filed your name change request and the court will review the report to determine whether or not you qualify under state rules/laws to have your name changed. This new rule also applies to parents who are filing a legal name change for their child(ren). The only exemption is for women who are changing their name back to their maiden name after a divorce.
After your name change has been granted by the court, the clerk of the court will then send a report of the court order changing your name to the department of law enforcement and the department of highway safety and motor vehicles.