I intend to change my name and it is not based on marriage or anything. I just don't like my last name (let's say). I have been doing some reading and kind of stuck. To summarize, I guess there are 2 possibilities: 1. Submit a petition to the local court for name change with ~$300 fee. Submit the N-400 with the intention to change the name. Obtain the court order prior to the interview. 2. Submit the N-400 with the intention to change the name. Wait until the oath day and hope that Naturalization Certificate will have the new name. Take that to the SSN office to get a new SSN card. Take the new SSN card to get the new DL. Take all obtained so far, to apply for the passport. I like the approach number 2. However, I am not sure if that is even possible. Please advise. I just want the process to be easy and still legal and if I can do away with the extra work and the court fee of $300, why not?