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Trans and Non-binary Voters: Get Vote Ready Now!

Follow these steps to make sure you have an acceptable ID to register and vote. Let’s show the country that #TransPeopleVote.

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Trans and non-binary voters: follow these steps to update your ID and voter registration before your state’s voter registration deadline.

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.

Follow state instructions to update your name and gender marker

Go to the DMV to update your state ID

Register (or re-register) to vote with your updated ID

Verify that the name on your voter registration and ID match before Election Day

Call or text VoteRiders at 844-338-8743! VoteRiders’ trans-competent team will help you figure out what documents you need to update your ID, pay for ID fees, and answer any questions.

Too close to the election to update your ID?

If your ID does not match your gender presentation, you still have options. Whether by mail or in person, you’ll still have to present an ID with your deadname and incorrect gender marker.

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Call VoteRiders on Election Day if you experience any ID challenges at the polls
Request a provisional ballot if your poll worker does not accept your ID
Bring a buddy to the polls

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HeadCount and VoteRiders are here to support you! If you have questions or need free help getting ID to vote, call or text VoteRiders at 844-338-8743.

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STATE IDENTIFICATION BARRIERS

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Alabama

Non-strict

Court order; No publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery

Policy under court challenge

Alabama asks 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. Click below for a full rundown of the state’s rules.

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

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Alabama birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

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

You can apply for an updated Alabama birth certificate by mailing a request to the state’s Center for Health Statistics.

Your application materials must include a certified copy of a court order directing the state to amend the gender marker on your birth certificate. Alabama requires this court order to indicate that you have legally changed your name AND have undergone gender-affirming surgery.

NOTE: If you were born outside of Alabama, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

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

Arizona

Strict

Court order; No publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

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. Click below for a full rundown of the state’s rules.

NOTE: Arizona also requires documentary proof of citizenship as part of the state’s voter registration process. Without documentary proof of citizenship on file with the state, you will be designated as a “federal only” voter and will not be able to cast a ballot in state and local elections.

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, including proof of gender affirmation surgery.

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Arizona birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

You must update the name on your Arizona driver’s license or state ID within 10 days of legally changing your name. You need to update your name with the Social Security Administration at least two days before visiting the MVD or other authorized office to change your state-issued ID.

You can apply for an updated Arizona birth certificate by submitting a request to the state’s Office of Vital Records. You will need to include a notarized physician’s statement that confirms you meet the state’s specific medical requirements.

Arizona’s Office of Vital Records recommends that you contact them to confirm what will be specifically required for your case.

NOTE: If you were born outside of Arizona, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

You must visit the MVD (or an authorized office) and present a signed physician’s statement to update the gender marker on your Arizona driver’s license or state ID. The statement must certify that you are “irrevocably committed” to the transition process.

 

Arkansas

Non-strict

Court order; No publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; No provider certification requirement

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

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.

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Arkansas birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

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

You can apply for an updated Arkansas birth certificate by submitting a request to the state’s Vital Records Department. Your application materials must include a certified copy of a court order indicating that you have undergone gender-affirming surgery.

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

NOTE: If you were born outside of Arkansas, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

You can change the gender marker on your Arkansas driver’s license or state ID by visiting an OMV office and submitting a completed “Driver’s License Gender Designation Form.” The state allows residents to mark M, F, or X on their ID.

Additional medical documentation is not required.

 

Delaware

Non-strict

Court order; Strict publication requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

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 do not present an acceptable ID at your polling place, you may sign an affidavit and vote a regular ballot.

Click below for a full rundown of the state’s rules.

You must file a formal request with the circuit court 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. You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Delaware birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

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

You can apply for an updated Delaware birth certificate by mailing a request to the state’s Vital Records Registry.

Your application materials must include a sworn statement from a licensed 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: If you were born outside of Delaware, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

 

You can change the gender marker on your Delaware driver’s license or state ID by visiting a DMV office and submitting a completed “Request for Gender Change on Driver License/Identification Card” form.

This form needs to be signed by a licensed medical or social service provider, but gender-affirming surgery is not required.

 

Georgia

Strict

Court order; Strict publication requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

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

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 name change in your county’s “official legal organ” for a specific period of time.

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Georgia birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

You must update the name on your Georgia driver’s license or state ID within 60 days of legally changing your name. You need to update your name with the Social Security Administration before visiting a DDS office to change your state-issued ID.

You can apply for an updated Alabama birth certificate by submitting a request to the state’s Vital Records office.

Your application materials must include a certified copy of a court order indicating that you have legally changed your name AND have undergone gender-affirming surgery. You will also need to provide a signed physician’s statement confirming your surgery.

NOTE: If you were born outside of Georgia, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To update the gender marker on your Georgia driver’s license or state ID, you must visit a DDS office and 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.

Idaho

Non-strict

Court order; Strict publication requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; No provider certification requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

Idaho asks 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 an acceptable ID to the polling place, you may sign a sworn statement and vote a regular ballot.

Click below for a full rundown of the state’s rules.

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. You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Idaho birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

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

You can apply for an updated Idaho birth certificate by mailing a request to the state’s Bureau of Vital Records. Medical certification is not required to update your gender marker.

NOTE: If you were born outside of Idaho, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

You can change the gender marker on your Idaho driver’s license or state ID by visiting a DMV office and submitting a completed “Request for Gender Change on Driver License/Identification Card” form.

This form needs to be signed by a licensed physician confirming that you have received appropriate medical care for your gender transition.

NOTE: DMV employees cannot request additional gender-related information (beyond what’s required on the applicable forms) or otherwise asking questions about your private medical history or records

 

Indiana

Strict

Court order; Strict publication requirement

No legal provision

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

Indiana requires you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. Click below for a full rundown of the state’s rules.

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.

To change the name on your Indiana birth certificate, you will need to provide a certified copy of a court order that directs the state’s Department of Health to amend no your birth record. It is recommended that you contact Indiana’s Vital Records office for more information.

You must update the name on your Indiana driver’s license or state ID within 30 days of legally changing your name. You will need to update your name with the Social Security Administration before visiting a BMV branch to change your state-issued ID.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to change the name on your Indiana driver’s license or state ID. You may also present an amended birth certificate to demonstrate your name change.

Iowa

Non-strict

Court order; Waivable publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

Other requirement

Iowa asks you to show an acceptable ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. There are limited options for casting your ballot without one. Click below for a full rundown of the state’s rules.

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 name. Subject to the court’s discretion, you may need 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.

IOWA BIRTH CERTIFICATE

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Iowa birth certificate.

IOWA DRIVER’S LICENSE or STATE ID

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

You may present a certified copy of your name change court order or an amended birth certificate to demonstrate your name change.

You must contact the Iowa Department of Public Health and request a packet of materials and forms to amend the gender marker on your Iowa birth certificate.

You will need to provide 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.

The state may request additional information to determine if you meet its medical requirements.

NOTE: If you were born outside of Iowa, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

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

If you were born in Iowa, you will need to submit a certified copy of your birth certificate (with amended gender markers).

If you were born outside of the state, you have additional options for supporting documents – including a certified copy of a birth certificate from another state (with amended gender markers) OR a notarized statement from a physician certifying your gender transition.

Kentucky

Non-strict

Court order; No publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

Other requirement

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 do not have or are unable to provide an acceptable form of ID, 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.

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.

KENTUCKY BIRTH CERTIFICATE

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Kentucky birth certificate.

KENTUCKY DRIVER’S LICENSE or STATE ID

You must update the name on your Kentucky driver’s license or state ID within 10 days of legally changing your name. You will need to update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on a driver’s license or state ID issued by Kentucky.

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 a certified copy of your name change court order.

It’s recommended that you contact your local Circuit Clerk’s office or Driver Licensing Regional Office to confirm additional application requirements.

You will need to contact the state’s Office of Vital Statistics in order to update the gender marker on your Kentucky birth certificate.

You will need to provide OVS with a notarized letter signed by a physician confirming that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery. The requirements for this letter are not explicitly defined by law

NOTE: If you were born outside of Kentucky, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To update the gender marker on a Kentucky driver’s license or state ID card, you must provide one of the following documents:

  • Updated birth certificate (showing amended gender marker)
  • Certified copy of court order changing gender
  • 10 year Passport showing changed gender
  • Letter from surgeon stating that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery

It’s recommended that you contact your local Circuit Clerk’s office or Driver Licensing Regional Office to confirm additional application requirements.

Louisiana

Non-strict

Court order; No publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

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

If you are a registered voter and do not have an acceptable form of ID, you can complete and sign a Voter Identification Affidavit, subject to challenge by the Louisiana Secretary of State.

Click below for a full rundown of the state’s rules.

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. It’s recommended that you contact your parish’s Clerk of Court to find out what will be required.

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.

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Louisiana birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

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

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

To obtain this court order, you will need to provide the court with proof that you have undergone gender-affirming surgery. If the court approves your request, a copy of the judgement will be sent to Louisiana’s Vital Records Registry within 10 days.

If you have a court order certifying your gender transition that you obtained outside of the state, you will still need to file for a judgement from a Louisiana court before the Vital Records Registry will accept it.

NOTE: If you were born outside of Louisiana, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

You must apply in person at an OMV office to update the gender marker on your Louisiana license or state ID. You will need to provide a signed physician’s statement certifying that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery.

Michigan

Non-strict

Court order; Waivable publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; No provider certification requirement

Michigan asks 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.

Click below for a full rundown of the state’s rules.

You must file a formal request with a family division of a circuit court to change your name in Michigan. If you are aged 22 years or older, you will need to be fingerprinted by state police as part of the name change process.

You will also need to publish notice of your name change in the 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.

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Michigan birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

You can apply for an updated Michigan birth certificate by mailing a request to the state’s Vital Records office.

Your application materials must include a notarized physician’s statement certifying that you have undergone gender-affirmation surgery.

NOTE: If you were born outside of Michigan, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

You can change the gender marker on your Michigan driver’s license or state ID by visiting a Secretary of State branch office and submitting a completed “Sex Designation Form.”

Additional medical documentation is not required.

Missouri

Non-strict

Court order; Waivable publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; No provider certification requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

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

Click below for a full rundown of the state’s rules.

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.

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Missouri driver’s license or state ID.

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

You can apply for an updated Missouri birth certificate by mailing a request to the state’s Bureau of Vital Records.

Your application materials must include a certified copy of a court order directing the state to amend the gender marker on your birth certificate. Missouri requires this court order to indicate that you have legally changed your name AND have undergone gender-affirming surgery.

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

NOTE: If you were born outside of Missouri, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

You can update the gender marker on your Missouri driver’s license or ID card by visiting a license office and submitting a completed “Gender Designation Change Request” form. The form must be signed by a medical or social service provider, but proof of gender-affirmation surgery is not required.

You may present an acceptable form of ID instead of a completed Gender Designation Change Request. Examples include proof of gender-affirmation surgery, an updated birth certificate (with amended gender marker), U.S. Passport (with amended gender marker), or court order certifying gender change (may be part of a court ordered name change).

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

Nebraska

No voter ID

Court order; Strict publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

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. You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Nebraska birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

You must update the name on your Nebraska driver’s license or state ID within 60 days of legally changing your name.

You can apply for an updated Nebraska birth certificate by submitting a request to the state’s Vital Records Office.

Your application materials must include an affidavit issued by your physician’s office that confirms you have undergone gender-affirming surgery.

NOTE: If you were born outside of Nebraska, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To update the gender marker on your Nebraska driver’s license or state ID, submit a completed DMV form signed by a certified medical professional that confirms you have met the state’s medical requirements. Certified medical professionals include physicians, physician’s assistants, and advanced practice nurses.

New Hampshire

Non-strict

Court order; Waivable publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; No provider certification requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

New Hampshire asks 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.

Click below for a full rundown of New Hampshire’s rules.

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.

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your New Hampshire birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

You must update the name on your New Hampshire driver’s license or state ID within 30 days of legally changing your name.

You can apply for an updated New Hampshire birth certificate by submitting a request to the Clerk of the city or town where you were born.

Your application materials must include a certified copy of a court order directing the City or Town Clerk to amend the gender marker on your birth certificate.

You need to make an appointment at the DMV to change the gender marker on your New Hampshire driver’s license or ID card. You must submit a completed “Gender Designation Change Request” form that is signed by a qualified healthcare provider.

Proof of gender affirmation surgery is not required.

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

North Dakota

Strict

Court order; Waivable publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

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

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

You will need to publish notice of your name change application in a newspaper for a specific 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.

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your North Dakota birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

In practice, the North Dakota Health Department 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.

NOTE: If you were born outside of North Dakota, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

You must apply in person to change the gender marker on your North Dakota driver’s license or state ID. You will be required to submit a signed physician’s statement that uses specific language to confirm that you meet the state’s medical requirements.

Oklahoma

Non-strict

Court order; Waivable publication requirement

No legal provision

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

Oklahoma 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 do not present a valid ID at the polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot and sign an affidavit.

Click below for a full rundown of Oklahoma’s rules.

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.

You must notify Oklahoma’s Department of Public Safety in writing within 10 days of legally changing your name. You will need to provide supporting documents to demonstrate your name change, options include a certified copy of your name change court order or an amended birth certificate.

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

If you submit a court order certifying your gender transition, the state’s Office of Vital Records is likely to issue you an updated birth certificate.

The Oklahoma Department of Health does not require physician’s statement to update the gender marker on your birth certificate – but some judges may require one to issue a the necessary court order.

NOTE: If you were born outside of Oklahoma, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To update the gender marker on your Oklahoma driver’s license or state ID, you must provide a notarized physician’s statement certifying that you have undergone gender affirmation surgery.

South Carolina

Non-strict

Court order; Strict publication requirement

No legal provision

Other requirement

South Carolina asks you to show an acceptable ID to confirm your identity when voting in person.

If you cannot obtain a photo ID, bring your non-photo voter registration card with you to the polls. You will be allowed to vote after signing an affidavit stating you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable photo ID.

Click below for a full rundown of South Carolina’s rules.

You must file a formal request with Family Court to change your name in South Carolina. You will be required to undergo a state background check and get fingerprinted.

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.

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your South Carolina birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

You must notify the South Carolina DMV within 10 days of legally changing your name. You will need to update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on a driver’s license or state ID issued by South Carolina.

 

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

You will need to 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 court orders necessary to update your birth certificate’s gender marker. Depending on your judge, a court order 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 an updated South Carolina birth certificate by mailing a request to the state’s Vital Records office. Your application materials must include a certified copy of the court order certifying your gender transition.

NOTE: If you were born outside of South Carolina, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the gender marker on your South Carolina driver’s license or state ID, you will need to provide medical documentation AND a supporting document (like an updated birth certificate or certified copy of a court order) to demonstrate your gender transition.

 

South Dakota

Non-strict

Court order; Strict publication requirement

No legal provision

No legal provision

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

If you are not able to present an acceptable ID, you may still vote by signing a Personal Identification Affidavit.

Click below for a full rundown of South Dakota’s rules.

You must file a formal request with your county’s court to change your name in South Dakota. 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. You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your South Dakota birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

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

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

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

NOTE: If you were born outside of South Dakota, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

To change the gender marker on your South Dakota driver’s license or state ID, you will need to provide a certified copy of a court order certifying your gender transition OR a signed physician’s statement confirming that you meet the state’s medical requirements.

The process of obtaining a court order varies by court and the requirements are not clear.

Tennessee

Strict

Court order; No publication requirement

State law does not allow updates to gender marker on birth certificate

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

Tennessee asks you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. There are limited exceptions for casting your ballot without one. Click below for a full rundown of the state’s rules

You must file a formal request with your local Chancery Court to change your name in Tennessee. 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.

You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Tennessee birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

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

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

NOTE: If you were born outside of Tennessee, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

 

To update the gender marker on your Tennessee driver’s license or state ID, you will need to provide a signed physician’s statement confirming that you meet the state’s medical requirements.

Texas

Non-strict

Court order; No publication requirement; Other requirement

No legal provision

No legal provision

Texas asks 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.

Click below for a full rundown of the state’s rules.

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 can be used to change the name on your other documents.

You must inform the state’s Department of Public Safety about your legal name change within 30 days.

 

If you need to update the gender marker on your Texas driver’s license, state ID, or birth certificate, you will need a court order that recognizes your gender transition AND your name change. The process of changing your gender depends on the county where you file your court petition. Different counties have different requirements.

Texas does not have a specific statute that covers changing gender markers. Not every county or judge will approve and issue the court order that is required to change your gender marker.

You may be able to use a court order issued by another state, but it must include specific language.

NOTE: If you were born outside of Texas, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

If you need to update the gender marker on your Texas driver’s license, state ID, or birth certificate, you will need a court order that recognizes your gender transition AND your name change. The process of changing your gender depends on the county where you file your court petition. Different counties have different requirements.

Texas does not have an official statewide procedure for gender marker changes. Some judges may not grant the necessary court order to update the gender marker on your Texas driver’s license or state ID. The process, requirements, and difficulty vary by county court.

West Virginia

Non-strict

Court order; Strict publication requirement

Other requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

West Virginia asks that you present 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 don’t bring your ID, there might be other ways to confirm your identity and cast a ballot that counts.

Click below for a full rundown of the state’s rules.

You must file a formal request with the court to change your name in West Virginia. 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. You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your West Virginia birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

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

NOTE: The West Virginia DMV recommends calling to confirm what documents you need to bring to change your name on your driver’s license or state ID.

You can apply for an updated West Virginia birth certificate by mailing a request to the state’s Vital Registration Office.

Your application materials must include a certified copy of the court order certifying your gender transition. It is likely you will need to provide medical documentation to receive a court order.

NOTE: If you were born outside of West Virginia, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

You can change the gender marker on your West Virginia driver’s license or state ID by visiting an DMV office and submitting a completed “Gender Designation Form” that is signed by a licensed physician.

NOTE: DMV employees cannot request additional gender-related information (beyond what’s required by the Gender Designation Form) or ask questions about your private medical history or records.

Wisconsin

Strict

Court order; Waivable publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; No provider certification requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

Wisconsin requires you to show an acceptable photo ID to confirm your identity when voting in person. Click below for more information on Wisconsin’s voter ID requirements.

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

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change it on your state-issued ID. You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on a driver’s license or state ID issued by Wisconsin.

You will need to contact the state’s Office of Vital Records in order to update the gender marker on your Wisconsin birth certificate.

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

To change the gender marker on your Wisconsin-issued driver’s license or state ID, you must visit a DMV customer service center and submit a signed statement from a license physician OR a certified copy of court order that certifies your gender transition.

Wyoming

Strict

Court order; Strict publication requirement

Proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

No proof of gender affirmation surgery; Provider certification requirement

Wyoming’s new voter ID law will go into effect July, 2021.

You must file a formal request with your county’s District Court to change your name in Wyoming. 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. You will need to provide a certified copy of your name change court order to update the name on your Wyoming birth certificate, driver’s license, or state ID.

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

You can apply for an updated Wyoming birth certificate by mailing a request to the state’s Center for Health Statistics.

Your application materials must include a certified copy of a court order certifying your gender transition and directing the state to amend the gender marker on your birth certificate. You will need to provide proof that you have undergone gender-affirmation surgery.

NOTE: If you were born outside of Wyoming, you need to update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

You can change the gender marker on your Wyoming driver’s license or state ID by visiting an DMV office and submitting a completed “Gender Designation Change Request” form that is signed by a licensed physician OR social services provider.