Important! As of July 1, 2014, you do not need a court order to have a new birth certificate issued reflecting a change of gender (for California birth records). Find out more at ID Please - A guide to Changing California and Federal Identity Documents to Match Your Gender Identity. You DO need a court order for a change of name. If you need to change your name AND gender, you can follow the instructions below, or you can instead change your gender with the State Registrar (without a court order) and separately get a court order for a name change only. To do that, visit our name change section.
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.