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Do I petition to change my name in my resident state (Illinois) or should I do this via Miss?
You do this is whatever state it is in which you are residing. If your now reside in Illinois, file the change of name petition in that state. CLICK HERE for further information.
After the process is completed, you should obtain from the Clerk of the Court a court-certified copy of the Judgment of Change of Name and staple it to your birth certificate. That way, whenever you need to show your birth certificate, the Judgment of Change of Name will be right there too.
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