N.Y. Civil Rights Law Section 64-A
Sealing name change papers


If the court shall find that open record of an applicant’s change of name would jeopardize such applicant’s personal safety, based on totality of the circumstances, the court shall, at the request of the applicant or sua sponte, order the records of such change of name proceeding be sealed, to be opened only by order of the court for good cause shown or at the request of the applicant. For the purposes of this section, “totality of the circumstances” shall include, but not be limited to, a consideration of the risk of violence or discrimination against the applicant, including such applicant’s status as transgender or as the subject of domestic violence. The court shall not deny such sealing request solely on the basis that the applicant lacks specific instances of or a personal history of threat to personal safety.


Notwithstanding any other provision of law, pending such a finding in subdivision one of this section where an applicant seeks relief under this section, the court shall immediately order the applicant’s current name, proposed new name, residential and business addresses, telephone numbers, and any other information contained in any pleadings or papers submitted to the court to be safeguarded and sealed in order to prevent their inadvertent or unauthorized use or disclosure while the matter is pending.

Source: Section 64-A — Sealing name change papers, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/CVR/64-A (updated Dec. 24, 2021; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Dec. 24, 2021

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