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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

Name Change, Driver's License & Birth Certificate Policies in:

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Washington Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in Washington State, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. No publication is required. The court case file can be sealed for the applicant’s safety if the individual is a victim of domestic violence. Individuals under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections must give the department a copy of the application at least five days before the order is entered. The court can deny the application except for legitimate religious, cultural, or marital reasons. (Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 4.24.130).

Washington Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update name and/or gender on a Washington state ID, the applicant must submit by mail (1) a document demonstrating the name change, such as a birth certificate or court order (if applicable) and/or (2) a Change of Gender Designation Request form signed by a licensed physician. The Washington State Department of Licensing addresses name change here and gender change here.

Washington Birth Certificate Laws

Washington State will issue a birth certificate upon receipt of a letter from a physician stating that the requestor has had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition. To apply for an amended birth certificate the applicant should submit:

  • A letter from the applicant that includes the following information:
    • Name on record (first, middle, last) 
    • Date of birth (month, day, year) 
    • Place of birth (city or county) 
    • Mother/Parent full name listed on certificate (first, middle, last) 
    • Father/Parent full name listed on certificate (first, middle, last) 
    • Contact information (return mailing address and phone number)
    • The change being requested and  new information such as name and gender
  • A written request from the medical or osteopathic physician (MD or DO) stating that the applicant has" had the appropriate clinical treatment," and should include the applicant's name, date of birth, and new gender OR a certified copy of a court order that states your name, date of birth, gender currently on the certificate and new gender
  • A certified copy of the court ordered name change (if applicable)
  • For a certified copy of the new birth certificate, submit a Mail-in Request Form along with a personal check or money order of $20 for each birth certificate you are purchasing

Send the application to:

Vital Records Amendments 
Washington State Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics 
PO Box 9709 
Olympia, WA 98507-9709

The applicant will receive an original certified copy of the birth certificate. Washington State Department of Health has instructions for a gender change on a birth certificate here​, or call (360) 236-4300 and select option 3, and then option 3.

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