Was the case Sealed? Or is it considered to be Private? Those are two different cases.
I was not able to find any laws regarding sealing, or expunging records of Name Changes, but was able to find the Utah Law for Criminal Records. I can only assume they draw from one another.
All that being said, assuming your whatever case is sealed, then
Some records are sealed. In these kinds of cases, even information about the existence of the case is not publicly
available. A person seeking access to a sealed record must petition
the court for permission to unseal the records.
Rule 4-202.03 states that,
....no one may access a sealed court record except by order of the
court. A judge may review a sealed record when the circumstances
From that I can assume that,
- The records are not public.
- The records will not show up in a routine check
- The records will be known only if a there is a court order.
Comparing it with the Expungement Act,
Continued Use of Sealed Records After sealing, BCI continues to index
and maintain all expunged records of arrests and convictions, but the
records will not be released to the public. BCI will not divulge any
information contained in the expunged records to any person or agency
without a court order, unless authorized by statute to do so. Upon
request, the following organizations may receive information contained
in expunged records:
- the Board of Pardons and Parole
- Peace Officer Standards and Training
- federal authorities, unless prohibited by federal law
- the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
- and the State Office of Education
Both cases above require a court order to get that seal record information. However, from what I gather only expunged criminal records can be access upon request by the Division of Occupational Licences.
Bottom line, it sounds like you are safe to mark is no previous name, but you may lose your license in the future if something goes south. I will recommend you to get a professional look into the word of the law and provide you with a written statement of the actual law. Another thing you can try is write to the court who sealed your case, present them the situation and explain what you have found so far, and ask for guidance.