How to Change Your Gender (Adult)

How-to Guide to Changing Your Gender ONLY

Important! You do not need a court ordered recognition of gender change to change your California driver's license, social security card, or U.S. passport. You also do not need a court order to have a new birth certificate issued reflecting a change of gender (for California birth records). If you were born outside of California, you may want to get a court ordered recognition of gender change to amend your birth certificate in your birth state. Find out more at ID Please - A guide to Changing California and Federal Identity Documents to Match Your Gender Identity.

Generally, to get a court order recognizing a change of gender ONLY (without a name change), follow these steps:

  1. Fill out your court forms
    • Petition for Recognition of Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate (Form NC-300), and
    • Civil Case Cover Sheet (Form CM-010).

  2. Have your forms reviewed
    If your court’s family law facilitator or self-help center helps people with gender change cases, ask them to review your paperwork. They can make sure you filled it out properly before you move ahead with your case.

  3. Make at least 1 copy of all your forms

  4. File your forms with the court clerk
    File all the forms and copies in any superior court.  The clerk will stamp your forms "Filed," keep the original, and return the copies to you.  You will have to pay a filing fee. Find out how much the filing fee is for a first petition (sometimes called a “first appearance” or “first papers”). If you cannot afford the fee, you can ask for a fee waiver.

  5. Go to your court hearing, if necessary
    Unless a written objection is filed within 28 days of the filing of the petition, showing good cause for opposing a court order recognizing the change in gender, the court will grant the petition without a hearing. If an objection is filed and a hearing is set, you will be sent a notice of the court date. Go to court on your court date and take the Order Recognizing Change of Gender and for Issuance of New Birth Certificate (Form NC-330) for the judge to sign.

  6. Get your Order Recognizing Change of Gender from the court
    If the judge approves your request for a change of gender, the judge will sign the Order Recognizing Change of Gender and for Issuance of New Birth Certificate (Form NC-330). Once you get your signed order, get a certified copy from the court clerk.