Sunday, February 15, 2015

Changing Your Name

Changing your name is a very important milestone in one's transition. The purpose of this article isn't so much to tell you how to do it, but rather point you in the right direction if you do not know where to start. I will start off by saying that the procedure for a legal name change is different just about everywhere (sometimes different among counties in a state) so rather then try to outline the procedure state by state,

The National Center for Transgender Equality has a great interactive ID Documents Center to learn how to update the name and gender on your driver's license, birth certificate, or federal ID like passports:

This page should help you get all the information you need from a legal stand point including where to get the necessary forms and what you will need to do. I would advice you to get everything you need before you head out to the court house. One additional bit of advice I can give is that you may want to consider checking the requirements to see if you have to "make a case" for your name change. If you do then you may want to get a letter from you therapist and / or doctor stating why you are changing you name.

Also, before legally changing your name you may want to read my advice on picking one first as in most states, once you change it you can't change it again.

After you change your name do not forget to change your social security card and if possible your birth certificate (Note that this is not possible in every state). You will also need to change you name with all your creditors and anyone else, i.e. work, passport, library, etc. It takes some time to get all these ducks but it is what it is.

Lastly, make sure you get multiple copies of your legal name change documents. Everyone and there brother will want a copy as proof. I also carry one with me just in case.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here is a great resource for those in Massachusetts: