- The official name of an individual, often the one assigned at birth and that appears on their birth certificate. However, it can occasionally be an alternate name consistently applied by the person or legally approved by a court
- The name that a business entity such as a corporation selects and officially reports to the state, typically detailed in the articles of incorporation
- Every citizen should register for national ID with their legal name and other pertinent information.
- Before the restaurant can operate under its new name, the owners need to update the legal name in their articles of incorporation.
- Anne uses a pen name for her works, but contracts and official documents still require her legal name.