Civil Rights Law Section 61
1.The petition shall be in writing, signed by the petitioner and verified in like manner as a pleading in a court of record, and shall specify the grounds of the application, the name, date of birth, place of birth, age and residence of the individual whose name is proposed to be changed and the name which he or she proposes to assume. The petition shall also specify (a) whether or not the petitioner has been convicted of a crime or adjudicated a bankrupt;
(b)whether or not there are any judgments or liens of record against the petitioner or actions or proceedings pending to which the petitioner is a party, and, if so, the petitioner shall give descriptive details in connection therewith sufficient to readily identify the matter referred to;
(c)whether or not the petitioner is responsible for child support obligations;
(d)whether or not the petitioner’s child support obligations have been satisfied and are up to date;
(e)the amount of a child support arrearage that currently is outstanding along with the identity of the court which issued the support order and the county child support collections unit;
(f)whether or not the petitioner is responsible for spousal support obligations;
(g)whether or not the petitioner’s spousal support obligations have been satisfied and are up to date; and
(h)the amount of spousal support arrearage that currently is outstanding along with the identity of the court which issued the support order.
2.If the petitioner stands convicted of a violent felony offense as defined in section 70.02 of the penal law or a felony defined in article one hundred twenty-five of such law or any of the following provisions of such law sections 130.25, 130.30, 130.40, 130.45, 255.25, 255.26, 255.27, article two hundred sixty-three, 135.10, 135.25, 230.05, 230.06, subdivision two of section 230.30 or 230.32, and is currently confined as an incarcerated individual in any correctional facility or currently under the supervision of the department of corrections and community supervision or a county probation department as a result of such conviction, the petition shall for each such conviction specify such felony conviction, the date of such conviction or convictions, and the court in which such conviction or convictions were entered.
3.Upon all applications for change of name by persons born in the state of New York, there shall be annexed to such petition either a birth certificate or a certified transcript thereof or a certificate of the commissioner or local board of health that none is available.
Section 61 — Contents,
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/CVR/61 (updated Aug. 13, 2021; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).