Rule 4:72-4. Hearing; Judgment; Publication; Filing.
On the date fixed for hearing the court, if satisfied from the filed papers, with or without oral testimony, that there is no reasonable objection to the assumption of another name by plaintiff, shall by its judgment authorize plaintiff to assume such other name from and after the time fixed therein, which shall be not less than 30 days from the entry thereof. At the hearing, plaintiff must present adequate proof of his or her current name. Within 20 days after entry of judgment, a copy thereof, from which plaintiff’s social security number shall be redacted, shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county of plaintiff’s residence, and within 45 days after entry of judgment, the unredacted judgment and affidavit of publication of the judgment shall be filed with the deputy clerk of the Superior Court in the county of venue and a certified copy of the unredacted judgment shall be filed with the appropriate office within the Department of Treasury. If plaintiff has been convicted of a crime or if criminal charges are pending, the clerk shall mail a copy of the judgment to the State Bureau of Identification.