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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:

Federal IDs and Records:

Florida Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in Florida, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. No publication is required. The applicant must be fingerprinted. No name change will be issued if the applicant's civil rights have been suspended. (Fla. Stat. Ann. § 68.07). Name change instructions and forms can be found on the Florida courts website.
 

For comprehensive instructions on the process of updating IDs in Florida, NCTE helped create a Florida Name and Gender Change Guide in English and Spanish! This  guide  was  created  for  the  Florida  Chapter  of the TransLatina Coalition and Arianna's Center, written and designed by Cooley LLP as a project of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and was created in partnership with Equality Florida and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Florida Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update name and/or gender on a Florida ID, the applicant must submit (1) the court order for a name change and/or (2) a signed original statement on office letterhead from the attending physician stating that the applicant is undergoing appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition. The Florida Department of Highway Services and Motor Vehicles addresses name changes here, and their memo on gender marker change policy can be found here.

Florida Birth Certificate Laws

Florida Administrative Code allows for amendments to the sex on a birth certificate with "original, certified, or notarized supporting documentary evidence." The code does not specify requirements of supporting evidence. To apply for an amended birth certificate, the applicant must submit an application and affidavit to amend the certificate, an affidavit from the physician stating that you completed sex reassignment in accordance with the appropriate medical procedures, and payment of the amendment fee. 

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