Gender Change

This section shows you how to ask for a court order changing your gender, both in cases where you also want to change your name or when you only want to change your gender. Click on the topic you are interested in for more information:

How-to Guide to Changing Your Name AND Gender
How-to Guide to Changing Your Gender ONLY
Forms for Gender Change
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
More Help



How-to Guide to Changing Your Name AND Gender

Generally, to get a court order changing your name and gender, follow these steps:

  1. Fill out your court forms

    Some courts also require you to fill out local forms to ask for a name change, like a criminal background information form. Ask your local court clerk if there are local forms you have to fill out. Some courts also have forms on their websites. Find your local court’s website. Make sure to keep copies of any local forms you fill out.

  2. Have your doctor fill out an affidavit telling the court that you have undergone clinically appropriate treatment for change of gender
    Your doctor can use the Declaration of Physician — Attachment to Petition (Form NC-210) or write out his or her own declaration. It is very important it be done by a licensed physician; it cannot be done by a nurse. If your doctor uses his or her own letter, make sure it contains all the required information. 

  3. Have your forms reviewed
    If your court's family law facilitator or self-help center helps people with name and 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.

  4. Make copies of all your forms
    You will need 1 copy of all your forms except for Form NC-220. You will need 2 copies of NC-220.

  5. File your forms with the court clerk
    File all the forms and copies in the superior court in the county where you live. The clerk will stamp your forms “Filed,” keep the original, and return the copies to you. The clerk will give you a date for your court hearing and will write it on the Order to Show Cause, along with information on the time and department number for your hearing.
    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.

  6. Publish the Order to Show Cause
    Publish the Order to Show Cause for Change of Name in a newspaper of general circulation once a week for 4 weeks in a row. Your court most likely has a list of newspapers that are approved for publishing legal notices. The cost for publication can vary greatly between newspapers and your court fee waiver will not waive your publication fees. So it is very important that you check the price of publishing BEFORE you put the name of the newspaper in the Order to Show Cause for Change of Name (Form NC-220). This is because once the judge signs the Order to Show Cause for Change of Name, you must publish in the newspaper listed on the form. You cannot change the form after it is signed.

  7. Go to your court hearing
    Go to court on your court date and take your proof that the Order to Show Cause was published in the newspaper, along with the Decree Changing Name and Gender (Form NC-230) for the judge to sign.

  8. Get your Decree Changing Name and Gender from the court
    If the judge approves your request for a change of name and gender, the judge will sign the Decree Changing Name and Gender (Form NC-230). Once you get your signed decree, get a certified copy from the court clerk. You will need this to change all your legal documents, including your birth certificate and other government-issued identification like your driver’s license. Click for information on changing your driver’s license.

How-to Guide to Changing Your Gender ONLY

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

  1. Fill out your court forms
    • Petition for Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate (Form NC-300),
    • Setting of Hearing on the Petition for Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate (Form NC-320), and
    • Civil Case Cover Sheet (Form CM-010).

  2. Have your doctor fill out an affidavit telling the court that you have undergone clinically appropriate treatment for change of gender
    Your doctor can use the Declaration of Physician — Attachment to Petition (Form NC-310) or write out his or her own declaration. It is very important it be done by a licensed physician; it cannot be done by a nurse. If your doctor uses his or her own letter, make sure it contains all the required information. 

  3. 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.

  4. Make at least 1 copy of all your forms

  5. 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.  The clerk will give you a date for your court hearing and will write it on the Setting of Hearing on the Petition for Change of Gender, along with information on the time and department number for your hearing.
    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.

  6. Go to your court hearing
    Go to court on your court date. Take the Order for Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate (Form NC-330) for the judge to sign.

  7. Get your Order for Change of Gender from the court
    If the judge approves your request for a change of gender, the judge will sign the Order for Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate (Form NC-330). Once you get your signed order, get a certified copy from the court clerk. You will need this to change all your legal documents, including your birth certificate and other government-issued identification like your driver’s license. Click for information on changing your driver’s license.

IMPORTANT! If you are filing for gender change only, you do not need to publish your request in the newspaper!

More Help

ID Document Change Guide. Prepared by the Transgender Law Center to help you with the court process of changing your gender as well as changing identification documents, like your DMV information.

Transgender Law Center: Provides information on other issues and resources available to transgender communities. 

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