#TransPeopleVote

1 in 6 American Gen Z adults (aka 18-24 year olds!) identifies as LGTBQ+.  But many transgender and non-binary people face barriers accessing the ID they need to register and vote safely.

For transgender and non-binary people whose ID doesn’t match their name and gender, voter ID laws can make the experience of casting a ballot invalidating and intimidating.

Specifically: 25% of transgender voters report verbal harassment as a result of an ID with a name or gender marker that did not match their gender presentation.

VoteRiders and HeadCount’s Vote with Pride team are here to make sure you have everything you need to vote safely and confidently.


Step by Step

Trans and non-binary voters: follow the steps below to update your ID and voter registration.

We know this process can be complicated, but we’ve got your back! We recommend getting started ASAP so you are ready to vote in the next election.

Update Your ID

The ID you need (or don’t need!) to vote depends on where you live. Your state also determines the process for changing your name and updating the gender marker on your driver’s license, state ID, or birth certificate.

CHECK YOUR STATE!

Register to Vote

At least two million voting-eligible LGBTQ+ Americans are not registered to vote. Make sure you are vote ready by registering (or re-registering) with your updated ID and info.

GET REGISTERED!

 


Need Help with you ID?

VoteRiders and HeadCount are here to support you! Check your state’s guide for trans and non-binary voters below.

Contact VoteRiders if you have questions or need help. We will help figure out what documents you need, cover costs, and even provide a free ride to the DMV.

Get in Touch!

 


State Rules

Strict Voter ID States

Arizona

Voter ID

Arizona requires you to show an acceptable ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. There are several forms of ID you can use, including options without a photo. Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your county’s superior court to change your name in Arizona. If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to change the name on your other documents.

Procedures, forms to be filed, supporting documentation, and fees vary by court.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to Arizona’s Bureau of Vital Records to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Arizona birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • complete birth certificate request form (PDF
  • completed and signed affidavit to correct birth certificate (PDF) 
  • certified copy of name-change court order 
  • copy of front and back of your signed government-issued photo ID (not needed if your application signature was witnessed by a notary) 
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration at least two days before you apply to update your name on an Arizona driver’s license or state ID card.

You need to visit the MVD or another authorized office to update your license or ID within 10 days of changing your legal name. Bring a certified copy of your name-change court order or other legal document demonstrating your legal name change.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

The Bureau of Vital Records will amend the gender marker on your Arizona birth certificate if you meet specific medical requirements.

The state recommends that you contact the Bureau of Vital Records to confirm what will be required for your case.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To apply for an updated Arizona birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed and signed affidavit to correct birth certificate (PDF)  
  • completed birth certificate request form (PDF)
  • notarized letter from physician that confirms you meet the state’s medical requirements 
  • copy of front and back of your signed government-issued photo ID (not needed if your application signature was witnessed by a notary)
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO UPDATE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit the MVD or an authorized office to update the gender marker on your Arizona driver’s license or state ID.

You will need to provide a signed physician’s statement that certifies you are “irrevocably committed” to the transition process.

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Have questions? VoteRiders is here to help! Call or text 844-338-8743 to get started! 

Arkansas

Voter ID

Arkansas requires you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your county’s Circuit Court Clerk’s Office to change your name in Arkansas.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to the Arkansas Department of Health to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Arkansas birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • Birth Certificate Application form (PDF
  • certified copy of your name-change court order
  • copy of your original birth certificate
  • copy of your government-issued photo ID that includes your current address and signature
  • payment of applicable fees

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on an Arkansas driver’s license or state ID card.

Visit a DFA Revenue office to update your driver’s license or state ID.

Bring a certified copy of your name-change court order or other legal document demonstrating your legal name change.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to the Arkansas Department of Health to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To apply for an updated Arkansas birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • Birth Certificate Application form (PDF)
  • certified copy of an a court order indicating that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery.
  • copy of your original birth certificate
  • copy of your government-issued photo ID that includes your current address and signature
  • payment of applicable fees

You may be requested to also provide a signed physician’s letter confirming that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery

HOW TO UPDATE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Arkansas allows residents to mark M, F, or X on their driver’s license or state ID.

The state’s Office of Driver Services will change the gender marker on your license or ID upon request. Visit a DFA Revenue office and submit a completed Driver’s License Gender Designation Form (PDF – Appendix, Page 34).

  • Resource: Arkansas Transgender Equity Collaborative guide (PDF)

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Voter ID

Georgia requires you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your local superior court to change your name in Georgia. You will be required to publish notice of your hearing in your county’s “official legal organ” for a specific period of time.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to Georgia’s Office of Vital Records to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Georgia birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed application form (PDF)
  • acceptable photo ID (listed here!)
  • certified copy of your original birth certificate
  • certified copy of name-change court order
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on a Georgia driver’s license or state ID card.

You must visit a DDS Customer Service Center to update your license or state ID within 60 days of changing your legal name.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to Georgia’s Office of Vital Records to amend your birth certificate.

The state requires you to submit a court order indicating that you have legally changed your name and have undergone gender affirmation surgery. A signed physician’s statement confirming your surgery is also required.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To apply for an updated Georgia birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • Signed and notarized Affidavit for Amendment
  • Certified copy of court order confirming name change and gender affirmation surgery
  • certified copy of original birth certificate
  • signed medical certification issued by your surgeon/physician’s office
  • copy of government-issued photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must visit a DDS Customer Service Center to update the gender marker on your Georgia driver’s license or state ID.

You will need to present a signed physician’s statement or a court order that certifies your gender transition. The document you provide must confirm that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery.

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Have questions? VoteRiders is here to help! Call or text 844-338-8743 to get started! 

Indiana

Voter ID

Indiana requires you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. There are limited options for casting your ballot without one. Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your county’s court to change your name in Indiana. You will be required to publish notice of your name change in a newspaper for a specific period of time.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to the Indiana Department of Health’s Vital Records office to amend your birth certificate.

You will need to provide a certified copy of a court order that directs the Department of Health to amend your birth record. The state recommends that you contact the Vital Records office (call 317-233-2700) for more information.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration at least one business day before you apply to update your name on an Indiana driver’s license or state ID card.

You need to visit a BMV branch to update your license or ID within 30 days of changing your legal name.

You must provide an acceptable document (original or certified copy) showing your name change. Examples include an amended birth certificate or name-change court order.

 

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Indiana does not have a specific legal provision for updating the gender marker on birth certificates.

The state’s Vital Records office will update the gender marker on your Indiana birth certificate if you submit a certified court order directing them to amend it.

The court order must include your name, date and place of birth, and instructions to change your birth certificate’s original gender marker.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

Submit a written request to amend the gender marker on your Indiana birth certificate. You will need to provide:

  • certified copy of court order to amend birth certificate
  • Birth Certificate Application form (PDF)
  • copy of a photo ID with current mailing address
  • payment of applicable fees

It is also possible to update your Indiana birth certificate by appearing in person at the health department in the county where you were born. Rules and requirements vary by county.

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a BMV branch to update the gender marker on your Indiana driver’s license or state ID.

You will need to provide one of the following:

  • signed and dated physician’s statement using state form (PDF)
  • signed and dated physician’s statement (must be on letterhead) that includes specific language
  • certified birth certificate showing an amended gender marker

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North Dakota

Voter ID

North Dakota requires you to show an acceptable ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with the district court to change your name in North Dakota.

You will need to publish notice of your name change application in a newspaper for a required period of time. This requirement can be waived for individuals who are only seeking to change their first name and for survivors of domestic violence.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that you can use to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to the North Dakota Department of Health’s Vital Records office to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your North Dakota birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • letter requesting to change legal name on birth certificate (must be signed and dated)
  • certified copy of your name-change court order
  • copy of your current photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a North Dakota Driver’s License office to change the name on your driver’s license or state ID.

You will need to provide your current state-issued ID and a certified copy of your name-change court order.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to the North Dakota Department of Health’s Vital Records office to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To update your North Dakota birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • letter requesting to amend gender marker on birth certificate (must be signed and dated)
  • signed physician’s statement*
  • copy of your current photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees

*In practice, the North Dakota Department of Health will update your birth certificate if you submit a physician’s signed statement that indicates you have received “appropriate” medical care for your gender transition. This is different from North Dakota’s regulations that ask for proof of gender affirmation surgery.

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a North Dakota Driver’s License office to update the gender marker on your driver’s license or state ID.

You will need to provide a letter signed by a licensed physician or therapist. The letter must use specific language and confirm your gender transition (in accordance with WPATH Standards of Care).

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Tennessee

Voter ID

Tennessee requires you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your local Chancery Court to change your name in Tennessee. Procedures, forms to be filed, and supporting documentation vary by court.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to the Tennessee Office of Vital Records to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Tennessee birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • certified copy of your name-change court order
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on an Tennessee driver’s license or state ID card.

Visit a Tennessee Driver Services Center to change the name on your license or state ID.

You will need to provide your current state-issued ID and your name-change court order (must have judge’s original signature and/or official court seal).

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Amending the gender marker on your birth certificate is not possible under Tennessee law.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a Tennessee Driver Services Center to update the gender marker on your driver’s license or state ID.

You will need to provide your current state-issued ID and a signed physician’s statement confirming that you meet the state’s medical requirements.

 

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Wisconsin

Voter ID

Wisconsin requires you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules! 

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with the circuit court to change your name in Wisconsin.

You will be required to publish notice of your name change in a newspaper for a specific period of time. This requirement can be waived for your safety.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that you can use to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

If you were born in Wisconsin and file to change your name in a Wisconsin court, you may request to change the name on your birth certificate as part of your name change court petition.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

You may also submit a request to Wisconsin’s Office of Vital Records to amend your birth certificate.

To change the name on your Wisconsin birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • certified copy of your name-change court order
  • Birth Certificate Application including proof of identification (PDF)
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration at least 48 hours before you can change it on a Wisconsin driver’s license or state ID card.

Visit a DMV customer service center to change the name on your license or ID.

You will need to provide acceptable proof of identity and a document showing your name change.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Wisconsin’s Office of Vital Records will update the gender marker on your birth certificate if you submit a certified court order directing them to amend it

You will need to submit proof you have undergone gender affirmation surgery. What you are required to provide as proof is not explicitly defined by law.

  • You may need to submit a notarized letter from your physician/surgeon.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To update your Wisconsin certificate, you will need to provide:

  • certified copy of court order to amend birth certificate* (confirming name change and gender transition)
  • proof of gender affirmation surgery
  • Birth Certificate Application including proof of identification (PDF)
  • payment of applicable fees

* Upon request: Wisconsin’s Office of Vital Records has a form to request a court order and updated birth certificate.

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a DMV customer service center to update the gender marker on your Wisconsin driver’s license or state ID.

You will need to provide one of the following:

  • affidavit from a licensed physician certifying gender transition
  • certified copy of court order confirming gender transition

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Wyoming

Voter ID

Wyoming requires you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person.

Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules! 

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your county’s District Court to change your name in Wyoming. You need to live in a county for at least two years before you can change your name in its court.

You will be required to publish notice of your name change in a newspaper for a specific period of time.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a written request to Wyoming’s Vital Statistics Services to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Wyoming birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • signed letter to Vital Statistics Services stating the information you would like updated
  • Application for Correction form (PDF)
  • certified copy of name-change court order
  • copy of your current ID
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on a Wyoming driver license or state ID card.

Visit a Wyoming Driver Services location to change the name on your license or state ID.

You will need to surrender your current state-issued ID card and provide legal proof of your name change. Examples include an amended birth certificate showing name change or signed name-change court order.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a written request to Wyoming’s Vital Statistics Services to amend your birth certificate.

You will need to provide proof you have undergone gender affirmation surgery and a certified court order confirming your gender transition.

  • Specify court order is for a new birth certificate.
  • Proof of surgery: You are required to submit a physician’s letter (on letterhead) confirming that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To apply for an updated Wyoming birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • signed letter to Vital Statistics Services stating the information you would like updated
  • certified copy of court order confirming gender transition
  • physician’s letter (proof of gender affirmation surgery)
  • copy of your current ID
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a Wyoming Driver Services location and submit a completed Gender Designation Change Request form (PDF).

The form must be signed by you and a licensed medical physician or Social Services provider.

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Non-Strict Voter ID States

Alabama

Voter ID

Alabama requests that you show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. There are limited options for casting your ballot without one. Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your county’s probate court to change your name in Alabama. Procedures, forms to be filed, supporting documentation, and fees vary by court.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to change the name on your other documents.

  • Example: Request for Name Change (PDF)
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to Alabama’s Center for Health Statistics to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Alabama birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed application form (PDF)
  • copy of acceptable ID (listed here!)
  • certified copy of name-change court order
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on an Alabama driver’s license or state ID card.

Visit an ALEA Driver License Office or other ID-issuing office to update your driver’s license or state ID.

Bring a certified copy of your name-change court order (or other legal document demonstrating your legal name change) and proof that your name is changed with the Social Security Administration.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Alabama’s Center for Health Statistics will amend the gender marker on your birth certificate if you submit a certified court order directing it to do so.

This court order must indicate that you have legally changed your name and that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

HOW TO UPDATE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Alabama’s policy for changing gender marker on a driver’s license or state ID is currently subject to a court challenge.

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Delaware

Voter ID

Delaware asks you to show an acceptable ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. There are several forms of ID you can use, including options without a photo.

If you are a registered voter but cannot present an acceptable ID at your polling place, you may sign an affidavit and vote a regular ballot.

Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with the Court of Common Pleas to change your name in Delaware.

You will be required to publish notice of your name change in a newspaper for a specific period of time.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a written request to Delaware’s Office of Vital Statistics to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Delaware birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • sworn statement requesting name change on birth certificate
  • certified copy of name-change court order
  • copy of valid government-issued photo ID or certified copy of incorrect birth certificate (“pink or blue version”)
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on a Delaware driver license or state ID card.

Visit Delaware DMV office to change the name on your license or state ID.

You will need to provide a certified copy of the name-change court order.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a written request to Delaware’s Office of Vital Statistics to amend your birth certificate.

You will need to provide a sworn statement from a medical or social service provider, stating that you have received care for the purpose of your gender transition. Care may be surgical, hormonal, psychological, or another form that is appropriate for your transition.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To apply for an updated Delaware birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • sworn statement requesting to amend gender marker on birth certificate
  • sworn statement from medical or social service provider
  • copy of valid government-issued photo ID or certified copy of incorrect birth certificate (“pink or blue version”)
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit Delaware DMV office and submit a completed Request for Gender Change on Driver License/Identification Card form (PDF).

The form must be signed by a medical or social service provider, but gender affirmation surgery is not required.

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Have questions? VoteRiders is here to help! Call or text 844-338-8743 to get started! 

Idaho

Voter ID

Idaho asks you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person.

If you are a registered voter and cannot bring an acceptable ID to the polling place, you may sign a sworn statement and vote a regular ballot.

Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your county’s district court to change your name in Idaho.

You will be required to publish notice of your name change in a county newspaper or three of the most public places in the county for a specific period of time.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a written request to Idaho’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Idaho birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • written request stating the information you would like updated
  • certified copy of name-change court order
  • signed and notarized Idaho Vital Statistics Certificate Request form (PDF)
  • copy of government-issued photo ID
  • payment of any applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on an Idaho driver’s license or state ID card.

Visit Idaho DMV office to change the name on your license or state ID.

You will need to provide a certified copy of the name-change court order.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to Idaho’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics to amend your birth certificate.

You are not required to provide a medical document to amend the gender marker on your Idaho birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To apply for an updated Idaho birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • signed and notarized Application to Change the Indicator of Sex to Reflect Gender Identity form (PDF)
  • complete Certificate Request form (PDF)
  • copy of government-issued photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees

Idaho passed a law in 2020 that would have restricted gender marker changes on the state’s birth certificates. This law was deemed unconstitutional by a federal district court. The state cannot prevent transgender individuals from changing the gender marker on their birth certificate.

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit Idaho DMV office and submit a completed Sex (Gender) Designation form (PDF). The form must be signed by a physician.

 DMV employees are prohibited from requesting additional gender-related information (beyond what’s required on the applicable forms) or otherwise asking questions about your private medical history or records.

You will also need to present your current state-issued ID.

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Iowa

Voter ID

Iowa requires ID to vote in person unless another registered voter in the precinct swears to your identity.

Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

To begin Iowa’s name-change process, you will need to get a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Then you must file a formal request with your local court to change your legal name. You may complete a name-change petition on the e-file system or at a courthouse.

Subject to the court’s discretion, you may need to publish notice of your name change in a newspaper for a set period of time

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to Iowa’s Vital Records office to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Iowa birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • signed and notarized Amendment to Iowa Certificate of Birth form (PDF)*
  • certified copy of name-change court order
  • certified copy of original birth certificate
  • copy of current government-issued photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees

* You need to contact Iowa Department of Public Health to get an Amendment form. Call the vital records staff and request one at  515-281-6263.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on an Iowa driver’s license or state ID card.

Visit Iowa DOT office to change the name on your license or ID.

You must provide an acceptable document (original or certified copy) showing your name change. Examples include an amended birth certificate or name-change court order.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Contact the Iowa Department of Public Health to request a packet of materials and forms for amending the gender marker on your birth certificate. You can call the vital records staff at 515-281-6263.

You will need to submit a notarized statement certifying that you meet the state’s medical requirements. This statement must be signed by the physician who performed your gender affirmation surgery or provided other medical care for the purpose of your gender transition.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To apply for an updated Iowa birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • notarized affidavit from physician
  • signed and notarized Amendment to Iowa Certificate of Birth form (PDF)*
  • certified copy of original birth certificate
  • copy of current government-issued photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees

* Request an Amendment form from Iowa Department of Public Health

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Requests to update the gender marker on an Iowa driver’s license or state ID must be mailed (with supporting documents) to the Department of Transportation.

If you were born in Iowa, you will need to provide a certified copy of your birth certificate (with amended gender marker) in order to update the gender marker on driver’s license or state ID.

There are additional options if you were born outside of the state. Examples of acceptable documents include:

  • certified copy of a birth certificate from another state (with amended gender marker)
  • a notarized affidavit from physician that confirms you meet the state’s medical requirements

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Kentucky

Voter ID

Kentucky asks you to show an acceptable ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. There are several forms of ID you can use.

If you are a registered voter and cannot bring an acceptable ID to the polling place, you may cast a ballot by signing a sworn “Voter Affirmation Form” and providing an acceptable supporting document.

Check here for a full rundown of Kentucky’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your county’s District Court to change your name in Kentucky.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that you can use to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

You must contact the Kentucky’s Office of Vital Statistics office to change the name on your birth certificate.

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name-change court order.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on a Kentucky driver license or state ID card.

You need to visit an ID-issuing office and update your Kentucky license or ID card within 10 days of changing your name.

Contact your local Circuit Clerk’s office or Driver Licensing Regional Office to confirm additional application requirements. 

You will need to provide your updated Social Security card (showing new name) and an acceptable supporting document demonstrating your name change. Examples include an amended birth certificate or name-change court order.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

You must contact Kentucky’s Office of Vital Statistics to update the gender marker on your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

You will need to provide a notarized letter (on letterhead) that is signed by your physician. The letter must use specific language, confirm you have under gender affirmation surgery, and specify the date your surgery was performed.*

*Requirements for this letter are not explicitly defined by law

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit an ID-issuing office to update the gender marker on your Kentucky driver license or state ID card.

You will need to provide one of the following documents:

  • updated birth certificate showing amended gender marker
  • court order confirming gender transition
  • 10-year US Passport showing amended gender marker
  • letter from surgeon confirming you have undergone gender affirmation surgery

Contact your local Circuit Clerk’s office or Driver Licensing Regional Office to confirm additional application requirements.

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Louisiana

Voter ID

Louisiana asks you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person.

If you are a registered voter and cannot bring an acceptable ID to the polling place, you may complete and sign a Voter Identification Affidavit, subject to challenge by the Louisiana Secretary of State.

Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules! 

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your parish court to change your name in Louisiana. Each parish has its own policies for filing a name-change petition.

Contact your parish’s Clerk of Court to find out what will be required in your case.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to Louisiana’s Vital Records Registry to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Louisiana birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed application form (PDF
  • certified copy of name-change court order
  • original birth certificate
  • copy of valid government-issued photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on a Louisiana driver’s license or state ID card.

Visit Louisiana OMV to change the name on your license or state ID card.

You will need to provide your current Louisiana-issued ID and your name-change court order (original or certified copy).

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Louisiana’s Vital Records Registry must receive a court order certifying your gender transition before you can apply to update the gender marker on your birth certificate.

You will need to provide the court with proof that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery. Requirements vary by court.

If your request is approved, a copy of the judgement will be sent to Louisiana’s Vital Records Registry within 10 days.

The Vital Records Registry does not accept out-of-state court orders. You must file for a judgement a Louisiana court to amend your gender marker.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To update your Louisiana birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed application form (PDF
  • copy of court order certifying gender transition
  • original birth certificate
  • copy of valid government-issued photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE

Visit Louisiana OMV to update the gender marker on your Louisiana license or state ID.

You will need to present your current Louisiana-issued ID and a signed physician’s statement confirming that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery.

 

State law requires that this statement must be signed by a physician, not “nurse, physician’s assistant or office administrator.”

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Michigan

Voter ID

Michigan requests that you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person.

If you are a registered voter and do not bring or do not have an acceptable photo ID, you can still vote a regular ballot by signing an affidavit.

Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with the circuit court’s family division to change your name in Michigan.

You will need to be fingerprinted by state police as part of the name-change process if you are age 22 or older.

You may be required to publish notice of your name change in the newspaper for a set amount of time. The court has the option to waive this requirement and seal records with good cause.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that you can use to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to Michigan’s Vital Records Department to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Michigan birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed and signed application form (PDF)
  • copy of name-change court order
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on an Michigan driver’s license or state ID card.

Visit a Secretary of State branch office to change the name on your license or ID.

You will need to provide your current Michigan-issued ID and a certified copy of your name-change court order.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Contact the Michigan’s Vital Records office to amend the gender marker on your birth certificate.

You will need to provide a notarized physician’s statement certifying that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a Secretary of State branch office and submit a completed Sex Designation Form (PDF)

Medical information is not required to update the gender marker on your Michigan driver’s license or state ID card.

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Missouri

Voter ID

Missouri requires you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person.

Otherwise, you can cast a provisional ballot that counts if your signature on the provisional ballot envelope matches your signature in the voter registry.

Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with the court to change your name in Missouri.

You will need to publish notice of your name change in the newspaper for a specific amount of time. This requirement may be waived for victims of domestic violence or child abuse.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that you can use to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Contact Missouri’s Bureau of Vital Records to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Missouri birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • signed and notarized Affidavit for Correction form (PDF)
  • copy of name-change court order
  • copy of acceptable photo ID (listed on the affidavit form)
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a Missouri license office to change the name on your driver’s license or state ID.

You will need to provide acceptable documents to verify:

  • your identity
  • Social Security number
  • Missouri residency
  • name change (certified name-change court order or other acceptable legal document)

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Before you can update the gender marker on your Missouri birth certificate, you must first successfully complete the process to legally change your name.

Missouri’s Bureau of Vital Records will amend the gender marker on your birth certificate if you submit a court order directing it to do so.

The court order must indicate that you have legally changed your name and that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery.

The process of obtaining the court order to amend your birth certificate varies by court. This includes what you are required to provide to the court as proof of surgery.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To update your Missouri birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • signed and notarized Affidavit for Correction form (PDF)
  • copy of court order to amend birth certificate
  • copy of acceptable photo ID (listed on the affidavit form)
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’s LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a Missouri license office and submit a completed Gender Designation Change Request form (PDF).

The form must be signed by a medical or social service provider, but surgery is not required.

You can provide an acceptable form of ID instead of the Change Request form. Examples include

  • Updated birth certificate (showing amended gender marker)
  • Court order confirming gender transition
  • 10-year US Passport showing amended gender marker
  • proof of gender affirmation surgery

You may be asked to provide additional documentation to determine your eligibility. This requirement is not clearly defined by state law.

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New Hampshire

Voter ID

New Hampshire requests that you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. There are several forms of ID you can use

If you do not present a photo ID that is approved or otherwise verified by an election official, you can execute a challenged voter affidavit and cast your ballot.

Check here for a full rundown of New Hampshire’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your county’s court to change your name in New Hampshire.

Publishing notice of your name change is generally not required, but this is subject to the court’s discretion.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that you can use to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

Birth certificate amendments are made through City or Town Clerks in New Hampshire.

Submit a request to update your birth certificate with the city or town clerk where you born.

To change the name on your New Hampshire birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed birth certificate request form
  • certified copy of name-change court order
  • copy of your government-issued photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must visit New Hampshire DMV to update your driver’s license or state ID within 30 days of changing your legal name.

You will need to provide:

  • completed Record Change Request form (PDF) 
  • your name-change court order
  • your current New Hampshire-issued ID

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Birth certificate amendments are made through City or Town Clerks in New Hampshire.

You will need to submit a court order certifying your gender transition and instructing the City or Town Clerk of ______ (where you were born in New Hampshire) to amend the gender marker on your birth certificate to ____ (M/F/X).

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To update your New Hampshire birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed birth certificate request form
  • court order to amend birth certificate
  • copy of your government-issued photo ID
  • payment of applicable fee
HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must make an appointment at the DMV in order to update the gender marker on your New Hampshire driver’s license or state ID.

You will need to provide a completed Change of Gender Designation form (PDF) and your current New Hampshire-issued ID.

Your DMV form must be signed by a qualified healthcare provider.

Qualified healthcare providers include: physician, advance practice nurse, psychologist, clinical social worker, mental health counselor

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Oklahoma

Voter ID

Oklahoma requests that you to show an acceptable ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. There are several forms of ID you can use, including options without a photo.

If you are a registered voter but do not present a valid ID at the polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot and sign an affidavit.

Check here for a full rundown of Oklahoma’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with a state district court or tribal court to change your name in Oklahoma.

You may be required to publish notice of your name change in a newspaper for a specific amount of time. The court has the option to waive this requirement and seal records with good cause.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that you can use to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Oklahoma birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • Birth Certificate Request Form (PDF)
  • name-change court order
  • copy of acceptable photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must notify Oklahoma’s Department of Public Safety in writing within 10 days of your legally changing your name.

You will need to provide supporting documents demonstrating your name change. Examples include:

  • name-change court order (original or certified copy)
  • primary ID like state-issued birth certificate (showing amended name)

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Oklahoma does not have a specific legal provision for updating the gender marker on your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

If you submit a court order certifying your gender transition, Oklahoma’s Department of Health is likely to issue you an amended birth certificate.

The Department of Health does not require you to provide a physician’s statement to issue an updated birth certificate. Some judges may require one to issue the court order certifying your gender transition.

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit an Oklahoma DPS office to update the gender marker on your driver’s license or state ID.

You must provide a notarized physician’s statement certifying that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery. The statement must use specific language to confirm you meet the state’s medical requirements.

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South Carolina

Voter ID

South Carolina requires you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when you vote in person.

What you must do if you cannot obtain a photo ID is different from what you must do if your forget to bring your photo ID to the polling place.

Check here for a full rundown of South Carolina’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with Family Court to change your name in South Carolina.

You will need to be fingerprinted and undergo a state background check (for criminal convictions or financial obligations) as part of the name-change process.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that you can use to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to the South Carolina’s DHEC Vital Records office to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your South Carolina birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed application form (PDF)
  • name-change court order
  • copy of acceptable photo ID (listed on the application)
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration at least 48 hours before you can change it on a South Carolina driver’s license or state ID card.

You need to notify the SCDMV within 10 days of changing your legal name.

Visit a SCDMV office to change the name on your license or ID.

You will need to provide:

  • completed application form
  • name-change court order
  • payment of applicable fees

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

South Carolina does not have a specific legal provision for updating the gender marker on your birth certificate.

You may file a request with your circuit’s Family Court and indicate that you desire to amend the gender marker on your birth certificate. You must provide testimony or a notarized statement in proper affidavit form from a licensed physician.

Judges have discretion over granting the necessary court orders. Depending on your judge, the court order you need may be difficult to obtain or you may be asked to provide additional information (like proof of gender affirmation surgery) before your court order is issued.

You can apply for your name-change order at the same time as the court order for amending your birth certificate or separately.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To update your South Carolina birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed application form (PDF)
  • court order to amend birth certificate
  • copy of acceptable photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a SCDMV office to update your driver’s license or state ID.

You will need to provide acceptable medical documentation and a supporting document that demonstrates your gender transition. Examples include a birth certificate with amended gender marker or court order your certifying gender transition.

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South Dakota

Voter ID

South Dakota requests that you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person.

If you cannot present an acceptable ID, you may still be able vote by signing a Personal Identification Affidavit.

Check here for a full rundown of South Dakota’s rules! 

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your county’s court to change your name in South Dakota.

You need to file your name-change petition in the county where you live. You will be required to submit proof that you have resided there for at least six months.

South Dakota requires you to publish notice of your name-change hearing and petition in a newspaper for a specific period of time.

Complete the verification section of your petition form in the presence of a notary or court clerk.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that you can use to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to the South Dakota Vital Records office to amend your birth certificate.

You will need to provide a court order changing your name and specifying that a new birth certificate should be issued

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your South Dakota birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • signed and notarized Birth Record Amendment Request form (PDF – full instructions on page 2!)
  • name-change court order (original or certified copy)
  • copy of your photo ID
  • certified copy of your birth certificate or application for a new copy*
  • payment of any applicable fees

* If you have a certified copy of your birth certificate, include it with your application. This will allow the state to issue you an updated birth certificate at no charge. 

If you do not have a certified copy of your birth certificate, include a completed Vital Records Request form (PDF) and the required documents/fees. You will be issued an updated birth certificate.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a South Dakota Licensing location to change the name on your driver’s license or state ID.

You will need to provide:

  • name-change court order (original or certified copy)
  • two documents that show your new name and prove South Dakota address
  • current South Dakota-issued ID

If you do not have a current South Dakota driver’s license or state ID, you will need to present required documents to prove identity and state residency.

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

South Dakota does not have a legal provision for updating your birth certificate’s gender marker and there is no procedure for doing so.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

There are recent examples of people requesting to update both their name and gender marker in the same court petition – but the process, requirements, and outcomes are unclear and inconsistent.

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

South Dakota does not have a legal provision for updating gender marker on your driver’s license or state ID.

You must provide a court order* certifying your gender transition or a signed affidavit from a physician confirming you have undergone gender affirmation surgery.

* This process to obtain this court order is not consistent across judges and requirements are not clear.

Visit a South Dakota Licensing location to update your license or ID.

You will need to provide:

  • court order certifying you gender transition or signed physician’s statement
  • two documents that show your name and prove South Dakota address
  • current South Dakota-issued ID

If you do not have a current South Dakota driver’s license or state ID, you will need to present required documents to prove identity and state residency.

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Texas

Voter ID

Texas requires you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person.

If you do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain an acceptable form of ID, you can cast a regular ballot if you complete the Reasonable Impediment Declaration and present a supporting form of ID.

Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your county court to change your name in Texas.

You will need to be fingerprinted as part of the name-change process.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that you can use to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to the Texas Vital Statistics office to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Texas birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed amendment form (PDF)
  • signed and notarized application
  • photocopy of acceptable ID
  • required supporting documentation
  • payment for applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must inform the Texas Department of Public Safety within 30 days of changing your legal name.

You may visit a driver’s license office in person after completing an online application to update your ID.

You will need to provide a legal document (original or certified copy) showing your name change. Examples include an amended birth certificate or name-change court order.

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Updating Gender Markers

To update the gender marker on your Texas driver’s license, state ID, or birth certificate – you must submit a court order that certifies your gender transition and legal name change.

The process to obtain this court order depends on the county where you file your petition. Different counties have different requirements.

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Texas does not have a specific statute that covers amending your birth certificate’s gender marker.

You may submit a request to the Texas Vital Statistics office to amend your birth certificate. Granting or denying your request appears to be at the discretion of the Department of State Health Services.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To apply for an updated Texas birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed amendment form (PDF)
  • signed and notarized application
  • required supporting documentation or court order*
  • photocopy of acceptable ID
  • payment for applicable fees

* Not every county or judge will approve and issue the required court order. You may be able to use another state’s court order, but it must specify “sex change.”

If your application is approved, the Texas Vital Statistics office will issue a new birth certificate with updated gender marker. Additional fees apply to receive a certified copy.

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Texas does not have an official procedure for updating the gender marker on your driver’s license or state ID.

You may visit driver’s license office to update your Texas-issued ID after completing an online application.

You will need to provide a court order that recognizes your gender transition.

The process, requirements, and difficulty to obtain this court order vary by county.

  • Proof of gender affirmation surgery is not required but some courts may require a physician’s letter confirming you meet specific medical requirements.
  • Some judges may not grant a court order to amend your gender marker.

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West Virginia

Voter ID

West Virginia requires you to show an acceptable ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. There are several forms of ID you can use, including options without a photo.

If you do not present a valid ID at the polls and an exception does not apply, you may vote a provisional ballot.

For your ballot to count, the signature on your provisional ballot envelope must match the signature in your voter registration record.

Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with the court to change your name in West Virginia.

You will need to publish notice of your name change in a newspaper for a required period of time.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that you can use to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to West Virginia Health Statistics Center to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your West Virginia birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed Birth Certificate Request Form (PDF)
  • name-change court order
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on a West Virginia driver’s license or state ID card.

Visit a West Virginia DMV office to change the name on your license or ID.

The DMV recommends calling before your visit to confirm what documents you need to bring.

You will need to present your updated Social Security card and legal document demonstrating name change. Examples include an amended birth certificate or name-change court order (original or certified copy).

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to West Virginia Health Statistics Center to amend the gender marker on your birth certificate. You will need to provide a court order certifying your gender transition.

Specific requirements vary by court. It is likely that you will need to provide documented medical information.

  • Resource: Name & Gender Change Guide for West Virginia Residents (PDF)

To update your West Virginia birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed Birth Certificate Request Form (PDF)
  • court order certifying gender transition
  • payment of applicable fees

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a West Virginia DMV office and submit a completed Gender Designation Form (PDF) that is signed by a licensed physician.

You do not need to change your gender marker on your birth certificate or any other form of ID to update your West Virginia driver’s license or state ID.

DMV Employees are prohibited from requesting additional gender-related information (beyond what’s required by the Gender Designation Form) or asking questions about your private medical history or records

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States with No Voter ID Law

Nebraska

Voter ID

Registered voters do not need to provide an ID when they vote in Nebraska, except for some first-time voters.

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with your county’s probate court to change your name in Nebraska.

You will be required to publish notice of your name change in a newspaper for a specific period of time.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to change the name on your other documents.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to Nebraska Office of Vital Records to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your Nebraska birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • signed and notarized Application for Amendment form (PDF)
  • name-change court order
  • copy of your current photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You need to visit a DMV office to update your Nebraska driver’s license or state ID within 60 days of changing your legal name.

You will need to provide:

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a request to Nebraska Office of Vital Records to amend the gender marker on your birth certificate.

You will need to provide an affidavit issued by your surgeon or physician’s office that confirms you have undergone gender affirmation surgery and the date your surgery was performed.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To update your Nebraska birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • signed and notarized Application for Amendment form (PDF)
  • notarized proof of gender affirmation surgery
  • copy of your current photo ID
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER’S LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must appear in person at a DMV office to update the gender marker on you Nebraska driver’s license or state ID.

You will need provide:

  • acceptable proof of ID
  • completed State ID Card Data form (PDF)
  • medical certification form signed by physician (PDF
  • payment of applicable fees

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North Carolina

Voter ID

Registered voters do not need to provide an ID when they vote in North Carolina, except for some first-time voters.

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Changing Your Legal Name

COURT ORDER

You must file a formal request with the circuit court to change your name in North Carolina.

You will need to be fingerprinted at a Sheriff’s office and undergo a state and federal background check.

North Carolina also requires you to publish notice of your name change for a specific period of time.  This can be waived if you provide proof that you are a victim of domestic abuse, stalking, or sexual offense.

HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a written request to North Carolina’s Vital Records office to amend your birth certificate.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the name on your North Carolina birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • handwritten note requesting the changes needed
  • completed application form (PDF
  • name-change court order
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO CHANGE NAME ON DRIVER LICENSE OR STATE ID

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration at least 36 hours before you can change it on a North Carolina driver license or state ID card.

Visit a North Carolina DMV office to change the name on your license or ID.

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name-change court order (or other legal document demonstrating your legal name change).

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Updating Gender Markers

HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Submit a written request to North Carolina’s Vital Records office to amend your birth certificate.

You will need to provide a notarized physician’s statement certifying that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery or a court order certifying your gender transition issued by an out-of-state court.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To update your North Carolina birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • handwritten note requesting the changes needed
  • completed Application for a Birth Certificate form (PDF)* fill out “other” section as “gender change”
  • notarized physician’s statement or out-of-state court order
  • payment of applicable fees
HOW TO UPDATE THE GENDER MARKER ON DRIVER LICENSE OR STATE ID

Visit a DMV office to update the gender marker on your North Carolina driver license or state ID.

You will need to provide one of the following:

  • completed Sex Designation Form (PDF)requires a signature from a physician, physician’s assistant, therapist, counselor, phycologist, case worker, or social worker 
  • updated birth certificate showing amended gender marker
  • 10-year US Passport showing amended gender marker
  • U.S. court order confirming gender transition

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