Many people are surprised to discover that there is no “one stop” process for getting a name and/or gender marker updated to match their gender identity.
This is because the agencies that issue identity documents or keep records of your identity have separate (but increasingly networked) systems and there is no central government agency which coordinates all of these databases. For each of these agencies and for every state, there is a different process and set of required documents a person needs to gather in order to update their name and gender information on record.
Trans Legal Clinic Calendar
State-by-State Overview: Changing Gender Markers on Birth Certificates
California’s Gender Recognition Act (SB 179) of 2017 – Timeline and Fact Sheet
Guide to Legally Changing Your Name and Gender While Incarcerated in CA
Trans Lifeline’s Name Change Guide for People with Criminal Records
Movement Advancement Project (MAP) – State Identity Document Laws & Policies
MAP’s website provides an overview of state laws and policies governing name and gender change.
Lambda Legal – Changing Birth Certificate Sex Designations: State-By-State Guidelines.
Lamda has compiled this useful list of each state’s policies, requirements and process (if available) change the sex designation on a birth certificate.
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) – Identity Documents Center
NCTE has created a comprehensive state-by-state guide that provides information & resources on state name change laws, driver’s license & birth certificate gender change policies.
California Courts Self Help Center
Name Change/Name & Gender Change forms & instructions.
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