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  1. #1
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    Default Can I Use an Umlaut or International Characters when I Change My Name

    My question involves name change laws in the State of: California

    Hello,

    As I plan on going through a name change, I was curious as if I am allowed to use umlaut's such as ""
    & also what the process of publishing my name through a newspaper ?

    Cheers.

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    Default Re: Can I Use Umlaut/Characters when I Change My Name

    Yes, remember the famous recording artist "formerly known as Prince".
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    Default Re: Can I Use Umlaut/Characters when I Change My Name

    I 90% sure you aren't able to use umlaunt's in a name change, but I'm not 100% sure.

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    Default Re: Can I Use an Umlaut or International Characters when I Change My Name

    It should not be a problem if you're using a standard ISO/IEC character. However, last I checked neither the CDPH or DMV were including accents or other special characters on official documents.

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    Default Re: Can I Use an Umlaut or International Characters when I Change My Name

    As Mr. K, notes, as long as it's a standard character, you ought to be fine. Also, you might make sure that you're using the umlauts properly. If you stick it on an "e", you're doing it wrong.

    also what the process of publishing my name through a newspaper ?
    Contact the Classifieds department of your local paper.
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    Default Re: Can I Use an Umlaut or International Characters when I Change My Name

    You are free to write diacritical marks in your common usage of your name, but officially California doesn't accept them in name filings.
    If you file your request with such a mark it will properly be rejected.

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