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Welcome to our one-stop hub for name and gender change information. Find out how to get a legal name change where you live and update your name/gender on state and federal IDs and records.

 

​Last updated June 5, 2017

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Colorado Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in Colorado, the applicant must submit a petition to the court for a name change order. The applicant must publish notice of the name change in a newspaper at least three times in 21 days, except with good cause. A name change will not be granted for convicted adult felons or delinquents with the equivalent of an adult felony unless there is good cause. The applicant must be fingerprinted, update their criminal history with the new name, and notify District Attorney offices where convicted. (Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 13-15-101 & 13-15-102). 

Colorado Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update name and gender on a Colorado ID or Driver's License, the applicant must first change name with the Social Security Administration and then visit a driver's license office with the following:

  1. Your current driver's license or identification card;
  2. Proof of address;
  3. Documentation showing the name change;
  4. A completed Medical Information Authorization form, signed by a Physician and the applicant; and
  5. Renewal fee.

Colorado Birth Certificate Laws

Colorado will amend the gender marker on a birth certificate upon receipt of a certified copy of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction indicating that the "sex… has been changed by surgical procedure." The birth certificate will be marked as amended overall but will not indicate that the gender that was amended. (C.R.S.A. § 25-2-115, 25-2-117).

The applicant should submit the following:

The CO Department of Public Health website has information about gender change on a CO birth certificate.

To get a court order for gender change in Colorado, you can use court forms JDF 76 and 77, specifying gender change by surgical procedure.

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