Name change and gender marker change resources

(Updated April 2017 to add other things to change and included list of changes other people need to do on your behalf.)

Because I’m getting closer to doing this, I’ve been doing some research on what needs to be changed and how you go about doing it for US citizens.

In general, (but not always) you’ll want to start with a name change to get the ball rolling. For some, selecting the name is the easy part. For others, it takes a long time and trying and discarding a few names until you find the one that fits. I went through several names over 15 years before settling on Heather!

Once you have your name changed, getting your driver’s license and birth certificate changed are the next steps to unlocking changes for just about everything else.

Name change resources:

Leave me a comment about what I’ve missed and I’ll add it to the list.

Name changes you need to make:

  • Birth certificate
  • Driver’s license
  • Email accounts
  • Auto and health insurance
  • Vehicle registrations and titles
  • Kid’s school(s)
  • Current employer
  • Passport
  • Social security
  • Bank accounts
  • Mortgages and real estate titles
  • Online accounts (Apple ID, Amazon, etc.)
  • Cell and land line phone accounts
  • Credit cards
  • Brokerage and retirement accounts
  • Will and estate planning documents
  • Social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Health savings account
  • Utilities (water, sewer, garbage, power)
  • Professional services (doctor’s offices, lawyers, accountants, etc.)
  • Condominium association
  • Previous employers
  • Property tax records
  • Magazine and other subscriptions
  • College transcript
  • Grocery store and other store membership cards

Name changes other people need to make on your behalf:

  • Will and estate planning documents
  • Beneficiary information for life insurance, brokerage accounts, etc.
  • Joint bank accounts and safety deposit boxes
  • Emergency contact information
  • Auto and health insurance (if you don’t pay the bills)
  • Friends of the family

Leave me a comment about what I’ve missed and I’ll add it to the list!


About cistotrans

A Seattle-area trans woman seeking a happy spot to stay at along the path of transition.
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