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  • NJ A2376
  • Establishes criminal background check and judgement search requirement for name change; prohibits name change in certain circumstances.*
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires a person applying for a legal name change to undergo a criminal history record background check and prevents anyone convicted of a violent crime from assuming a new name. Under the bill, upon application to the court for the authority to assume another name, an applicant is required to submit to a criminal history record background check. The bill specifies that applicants are responsible for the cost of the check, but provides an exception for any applicant who has instituted an action to assume another name due to the applicant's status as the victim of a violent crime. A "violent crime" is defined as any crime in which the actor causes death or serious bodily injury or uses or threatens the immediate use of a deadly weapon. The term also includes aggravated sexual assault or sexual assault in which the actor uses or threatens to use physical force. The bill also would prohibit the court from authorizing an applicant who has been convicted of a violent crime to assume another name, unless the applicant establishes that the request is for religious reasons. The bill further requires that when an applicant who has been convicted of violent crime makes application for a name change the court is to notify the victim or the victim's immediate family of the application.
Judiciary, 2nd Reading in the Assembly
Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (McKeon)  (on 2/18/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
2/18/2016 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (McKeon)
2/8/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
2/8/2016 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (10:00 2/8/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 2/8/2016 Assembly Judiciary Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 0 1