Changing Your Legal Name and/or Gender Marker
The legal processes for changing one’s name or gender marker are unique to each state and sometimes, to each type of identity document. The path for each person to legally change their name and/or gender marker on their documents depends upon the state in which they were born, the state in which they currently reside, and the documents they wish to change. Some states require court orders to update state ID documents, while others utilize an adminstrative procedure. Learn more about your state’s process by visiting the ID Documents Center on the National Center for Transgender Equality website.
Resources for Getting Started
Purdue University undergraduate and graduate students may obtain legal advice from Student Legal Services at no charge at any point during the process of changing one’s name and/or gender marker.