If you are a felon and are incarcerated right now OR if you are on probation,parole or under post-prison supervision at the time that you file for a name change, you must give the Department of Corrections written notice of the hearing time and date along with copies of your petition five days before the hearing on the name change. RCW 4.24.130(2). If this is your situation, you should use these special rules from RCW 4.24.130(2) for your name change. Ask your parole or probation officer whom you should send the notice to. You can also ask the prison records officer if you are currently living in prison.
If you are currently incarcerated in a prison in Washington, it may be difficult to plan for the required name change hearing appearance you might have to make in the local district court. Some prisons will not allow you to attend the hearings if it requires you to leave the prison complex. Some counties have procedures to address this and others do not. Ask the court clerk at the District Court of the county you are incarcerated in for more information about the local process.
If your name change is granted, you must also give a copy of the Order Changing Name to the Department of Corrections within five days of getting the order. It is a misdemeanor to fail to do these things.