Changing sex on driver's licenses in the US

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This article is intended as a guideline on changing the name and/or sex marker on U.S. driver's licenses. As laws vary in each state, and are always subject to change, be sure to contact the appropriate agency to verify the process before starting.

The primary focus is on how to change the sex marker. While most states will change it after presenting a letter from your GRS surgeon, possible alternative methods include a court order, or presentation of a new or amended birth certificate. What constitutes sufficient evidence for a judge to issue an order, will depend of the state that the petition takes place in, and the presiding judge over the case.

In order to change your name, most states simply require the presentation of a certified copy of your name change court order, and the payment of a fee for a replacement driver's license, permit or state identification card. While this is true in most cases, other regulations differ in the details. If you own a vehicle, it is advised to change your name on the certificate of title and/or registration, at the same time.

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Alabama

To change the gender marker, you'll need a letter from an attending physician who has knowledge of the success of the surgery. Changing the name on your driver's license, permit or identification card requires either a "CERTIFIED document stating name change" or a "Document from Probate Judge certifying name change". The current fee for a duplicate card is $18.

Alaska

In order to change your name on your driver's license, permit or state identification card, you must submit a certified copy (in person) to the DMV office. The following items are acceptable to use for a name change:

  • Marriage Certificate (Must be from Vital Statistics)
  • Certificate of Dissolution, Divorce or Annulment (Issued by the Court System) This document must specifically state what the name is being restored to.
  • Court Order

Currently the state is not permitting applicants to change the sex on their driver's license pending the outcome of ongoing litigation. The Division of Motorcycles is drafting new regulations regarding the process for change of sex on identification. You will be required to pass a vision test and pay the current fee ($15) for a duplicate card.

Arizona

To change the gender marker, requires a letter from a doctor stating that the applicant is irrevocably committed to having GRS.

After a legal name change, you are required by law to notify MVD within 10 days. The MVD is required to verify your Social Security Number before your record can be updated, therefore you must first contact the Social Security Administration to change your name on their records. After you have changed your name with SSA, wait two days for their computer system to be updated. You should then visit an MVD office to present identification in both your new and previous names. This must be an original or certified copy (must be certified by the issuing agency) of one of the following: Marriage Certificate/License, Divorce Decree, Certificate of Citizenship/Naturalization or a court order. The fee for a duplicate license is $4.

Arkansas

A court order is an alternate method to change the gender marker. In order to change the name on your driver's license or identification card, requires presentation of the current driver's license along with a certified copy of your name change court order. The current fee for a duplicate card is $10.

California

To change the gender marker, requires that form DL-328, (Medical Information Authorization) be filled out and signed by a licensed physician or psychologist, certifying the applicant’s gender identification, disposition and whether the gender change is transitional or complete.

If the change is due to transition, a new copy of DL-328 must be submitted for each driver license or identification card renewal, or upon any card issuance when the date of application (for a renewed card) is more than five years after the physician certification date. (in the DL-328 form) If a new form DL-328 is not submitted as specified, the original gender marker will be restored.

To apply for a name change you will need to:

  • Visit a DMV office (make an Appointment for faster service)
  • Complete a Driver License or Identification Card Application form DL 44 or DL 44C. (Copies will not be accepted.)
  • Give a thumb print
  • Have your picture taken
  • Pay the application fee ($22, No fee for a senior citizen ID card)

Acceptable evidence of your new name may be provided by showing an original or certified copy of a Birth Date/Legal Presence document or a true full name document. Examples of a "true full name document" include:

  • Adoption documents that contain the legal name as a result of the adoption.
  • A name change document that contains the legal name both before and after the name change.
  • Marriage certificate (issued from a local or state Office of Vital Statistics).
  • A certificate, declaration, or registration document verifying the formation of a domestic partnership.
  • Dissolution of marriage document that contains the legal name as a result of the court action.
  • A completed Medical Information Authorization form (DL 328) in conjunction with a gender change.

This document must be issued by a government agency within the United States or a foreign jurisdiction that is authorized to issue such documents. The document must be a legible and unaltered original or certified copy with a government seal, stamp or other official imprint. You will need to surrender your current driver license and/or ID card.

Colorado

In order to change your name on your driver's license or identification card, requires showing proof of identity, age, name, (as well as legal name change) and "lawful presence". The current fee for a duplicate card is $21 for a driver's license and $10.50 for an identification card.

Connecticut

Changing the gender marker in Connecticut requires a letter from a doctor stating that genital realignment surgery has been performed, or a letter from a health care provider attesting that the applicant is in active treatment and is living full time in the target gender according to the Standards of Care. In order to change your name on your driver's license or identification card, requires your current driver's license along with a certified copy of your name change court order. A new license will be issued at no cost, indicating the new name. [1]

Delaware

To change the gender marker, requires a physician's letter stating that the applicant is in active treatment.

Within 30 days after legally changing your name, you must personally go to an office of the DMV to change the name on your license. Bring in your old driver's license and the marriage certificate or court document as evidence of the name change. The Division will issue you a new license for $1.15.

The DMV verifies Social Security numbers by matching Delaware driver license records with the records of the SSA. For this reason, your name change must be processed with the SSA prior to changing the name on your Delaware driver license. After you change the information with the SSA, please allow 72 hours before visiting DMV. If during the verification process, the SSA reports to us that your name, date of birth and/or social security number does not match with the information on the document as evidence of a name change, DMV may not process the name change on your driver license or identification card.

Florida

A name change may be handled at any driver license office by presenting an original or certified court order, the incorrect license and paying the $10 fee. A new license will be issued which can also include an address change. Proof of citizenship or legal presence may be required for renewal, duplicate or replacement licenses. Florida requires proof of surgery in order to change the gender marker.

UPDATE: As of November 2, 2010 SRS is no longer required, a letter from a medical doctor stating "clinical treatment" is required. The new policy is similar to the first change in the passport policy from June 2010 - further revision may occur.

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Georgia

A court order is an alternate method to change the gender marker. In order to change your name, you must present a certified copy of a court ordered name change. A new license will be issued at no cost, indicating the new name. The replacement license will be valid for the current renewal period, or if it’s within 150 days of the original expiration date, you may renew your license for five years ($20.00) or ten years ($35.00). Certain vision requirements apply.

Hawaii

In order to change your name and/or gender marker on your driver's license or identification card, requires one of the following:

  • Naturalization Certificate.
  • Decree by the Hawaii Lt. Governor's Office
  • Divorce Decree with name change listed
  • Hawaii Marriage Certificate (Dept. of Health Document Only)
  • Out-of-State Marriage Certificates (State issued with Seal)
  • Certified statement by physician stating sex change is valid

The current fee for a duplicate card is $4.

Idaho

To change the gender marker, the DMV requires a letter from your therapist or doctor to verify that you are living full-time in the correct gender and undergoing treatment.

In order to change your name, you must present a certified copy of a court ordered name change. The current fee for a duplicate driver's license is $11.50. For an ID card, it is:

Under age 18 $6.50
Age 18 to 21 $6.50
4-year renewal (age 21 and over) $7.50
8-year renewal (age 21 and over) $15.00

Illinois

To change the gender marker, requires a report from a medical clinic to indicate that genital realignment surgery has taken place or the applicant is in the process of undergoing treatment, however a court order is preferred.

Within 10 days of changing your name or address, you are required by law to notify the Secretary of State of the change. If you change your name, you must obtain a corrected driver's license, corrected title, and corrected registration ID card before the Secretary of State records can be changed. A corrected driver's license must be obtained at a driver services facility. You will be required to show identification with your new name and identification that links your old and new names. Vehicle registration forms may also be completed at the driver services facility, or these forms can be mailed to you.

The current fee for a corrected card is $5 for a driver's license and $10 for an identification card.

Indiana

To change the gender marker, requires a physician's letter stating that genital realignment surgery has been performed, or that the applicant is in active treatment and is living full time according to the Standards of Care. Be prepared to deal with representatives who don't know the BMV's policies in this area. (See this article by Bree Hartlage for more information.)

The holder of a driver's license, identification card or permit must notify the BMV of a change of name and apply for an amended license, identification card or permit within 30 days of the name change.

Before visiting a license branch to change the name on your driver's license, identification card, or permit, you must first notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) of the change in your name by visiting a SSA office.

A name change must be completed at a BMV license branch. You may bring a certified court decree issuing the change of name to a license branch. The current fee for a amended card is $10 for a driver's license and $13 for an identification card.

Iowa

To change the gender marker, requires either a certified copy of an amended birth certificate, or a court order.

Changing your name on an Iowa driver's license or ID must be done in person at any Iowa driver's license station. There is a $1 charge. Applicants must provide proof of any name change. Photocopies and faxes of documents will NOT be accepted. Acceptable items are:

  • Court-ordered name change containing full name, date of birth and court seal.
  • Divorce decree stipulating name change.
  • Original or certified copy of a marriage license or certificate.

The current fee for a duplicate card due to name change, is $3.

Kansas

Kansas is ambiguous to the documentation requirements to change the gender marker. The holder of a driver's license, identification card or permit must notify the DMV of a change of name and apply for an amended license, identification card or permit within 10 days of the name change. You may bring a certified court decree issuing the change of name to a license branch.

Kentucky

Any time you change a name or address you must get a duplicate license at your Circuit Court Clerk's office within 10 days. Proof of residency in Kentucky and legal name change is required.
(ie. Birth Certificate, Name Change Court Order, Marriage License, Divorce Decree, or other legal document)
The cost of a duplicate is $12.

Louisiana

If your name has changed, you must go to the Office of Motor Vehicles with your current license, original legal documentation that supports the name change (i.e., certified birth certificate, state certified marriage license, divorce decree, probate court documents, etc.), and proof of insurance if you own an automobile. You will be required to take and pass a vision test. The fee for this service is $16.

Maine

The state website does not, at the time this article was made, contain sufficient information for the purpose of this article. Please contact your local DMV office for more information. There is a $5.00 fee for a duplicate license/identification card.

Maryland

To change the gender marker, requires an applicant must provide a physician or psychologist’s report to confirm that the applicant is in active treatment. The MVA decides whether to authorize the change, and requires annual re-evaluations until the applicant "meets requirements for permanent gender change."

Under proposal, is to change the regulation so that an updated birth certificate will be required to change the gender marker, doing so will demand that some sort of reassignment surgery to have been completed. The implementation of this policy change, which was intended to take effect January 1st, 2010, has been delayed to an unspecified date.

If you are using a name other than your birth name, you must bring the document that initiated the change of name, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court name change order and your current License.

  • You must pass a vision test or submit a Vision Screening form.
  • You will be required to disclose your social security number. Applicants not eligible for a social security number will be required to provide a self-certification.

The current fee for a corrected card is: $30 for a driver's license ($20 if you are under 21 years of age) and $20 for an identification card. ($10 if you are under 16 years of age)

Massachusetts

To change the gender marker, requires an updated application, along with a completed Gender Designation Change Form; containing a statement from a medical provider attesting to the gender that the individual considers himself or herself to be, after which is signed by the applicant.

After a legal name change, you must update your Social Security records before going to your local RMV office. You will need your social security card with your new name, a completed License and ID Update Form, and $20 to have the amended license/id issued.[3]

Michigan

To change the gender marker, requires the applicant complete a TR-34 Certification form stating their wish to change gender on their driver license. The following statement is adequate: “I (name) wish to change the gender (or sex) on my Michigan driver license.” It is possible that the applicant will need to provide an original doctor’s statement or court order that certifies that the applicant has completed the medical treatments necessary to change their gender.

In order to change name on your DL/ID card, you must go to a Secretary of State Branch Office to process the correction. Required, is your valid driver's license or personal ID card and proof of the name change, such as a certified marriage license, divorce decree, or a legal name change document. A fee will be charged to correct your name and a new photograph will be taken. If your driver's license is due to expire, you may choose to renew your driver's license early. The current fee for a corrected card is $9 for a driver's license and $10 for an identification card.

Minnesota

Minnesota state law requires DMV agents to provide those asking to change gender on their licenses with a “Variance Request” form. A medical statement that the applicant is in active treatment is required to complete it. Note: the DMV has been known to delay processing of the “Variance Request.” A link to this form is available here: http://www.dps.state.mn.us/dvs/ID%20Requirments/PetitionForAVarianceResidency.pdf The completed form is sent to the Department of Public Safety central office in St Paul.

After a name change, you must apply for a duplicate license along with proof of your name change. If you have not been issued a new driver's license/ID card number yet, you will receive one at this time. If you have already been issued a new number, the new number will not change. The current fee for a duplicate card is $13.50.

Mississippi

If you have legally changed your name (by marriage, divorce, court order, etc.) you must provide the following documents:

  • A State issued certified marriage license
  • A certified copy of a court order
  • A certified copy of a divorce decree or dissolution of marriage
  • An original certificate of naturalization

The current fee for a duplicate card is $5.

To change the gender marker, a court order for gender marker change or an amended birth certificate is required. A physician's letter should not be necessary. The fee is the same as a name change. A new picture will be taken as well.

Missouri

A name change must be completed at a BMV license branch. Examples of evidence to support legal name change include:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Court ordered documents (divorce decree, legal name change, etc.)
  • Updated Social Security Card with your new name on it

The cost of a duplicate is shown here. http://dor.mo.gov/mvdl/drivers/license.htm

Montana

To change the gender marker, requires an applicant must provide a physician's letter stating that the applicant is in active treatment. Upon renewal, follow-up documentation is needed "to see that transition has been completed."

Applications for name change must be supported by a certified copy of one of the following documents:

  • a marriage certificate from the issuing government jurisdiction
  • a decree or judgment granting a name change from a court of competent jurisdiction
  • a divorce decree or dissolution of marriage specifying change of name
  • a U.S. department of justice, immigration and naturalization service, certificate of naturalization (form N-550, N-570) issued to the applicant
  • a declaration of marriage filed with the district court clerk where the declaration was made

Upon payment of the required fees and providing proof of name change documentation, an applicant may also apply for a duplicate driver's license in the legally changed name. The current fee for a duplicate card is $10 for a driver's license and $8 for an identification card.

Nebraska

If your name or address changes, you must apply for a replacement license or ID card within 60 days of such change. See the form linked here for more detailed instructions, and for how much the replacement card will cost.

Nevada

If you are legally changing your name because of marriage, divorce or a court-approved legal name change, you must visit a DMV Office to have a new driver license issued.
Bring your current license and the original legal documents which authorize the change. The court documents must be originals or certified copies.

In order to change the gender marker one has a licensed physician assert to the applicants gender identity, and that said person is undergoing medical treatment. The form, DLD 136, is linked here.

The fee is $8 for a license and $7 for an identification card.

New Hampshire

After a legal name change, go to either the central DMV office in Concord, or a local sub-station, and present one of the following along with a completed application:[4]

  • Name change petition from the court of Probate
  • Marriage certificate, civil union certificate or its equivalent
  • Divorce decree
  • Passport
  • Adoption decree
  • Court degree

Your picture will be taken, and your new signature captured on the replacement license. There is no charge.

New Jersey

To change the gender marker, requires the signed statement of a so called "gender specialist." In theory, the affidavit of any licensed therapist operating in the state should be sufficient as backing for the request. (see the form for more information)

The state website does not, at the time this article was made, contain sufficient information for the purpose of name change. Please contact your local DMV office for more information. The current fee for a duplicate card is $18.

New Mexico

In order to change the gender marker, one submits a MVD form signed by a medical provider or clinician stating more or less, that the applicant's gender identity is stable and not subject to change.

The form is available on the internet.

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New York

To change the gender marker, requires a written statement from a physician, a psychologist, or a psychiatrist that is printed on letterhead. The statement must certify that one gender is your main gender. Procedure 4335 is the applicable section of the regulations. [6]

In order to change your name on your driver's license or identification card, you must visit a local DMV office.[7]

  • Bring your NYS DMV photo document or other proof of identity that displays your previous name and has a value of at least six points.
  • Bring a US marriage certificate, US divorce documents, or other court papers issued in the US that prove your new name. Or, you can bring proof of identity that displays your new name and has a value of at least six points.
  • To change your name on a registration document and a title certificate, you must bring the registration document and the title certificate that display your previous name.

North Carolina

The state website does not, at this time, contain sufficient information for the purpose of this article. Please contact your local DMV office for more information. There is a $10 fee for a duplicate license/identification card.

North Dakota

A court order or government issued marriage certificate is required for a name change. Several documents may be necessary in the event there has been more than one name change since birth. For a full list of Acceptable Forms of Identification, and fees, go to: http://www.dot.nd.gov/divisions/dlts/dlinfo.htm#ID

All applications for permit, license, or identification card must contain a social security number. The social security number will be verified with the Social Security Administration. However, the social security number will not be used as the driver license or identification card number. Therefore, changing your Social Security record is recommended before correcting your drivers license or ID card. The current fee for a duplicate card due to name change, is $3.

Ohio

Ohio, as of September 2009, has changed its policy on gender change and no longer requires a statement of surgical changes.

A new form, "Declaration of Gender Change", requires a signed statement from a physician or licensed therapist that the applicant is undergoing "gender change" in accordance with the Standards of Care. The exact text used is "It has been determined this individual is sufficiently ready for, or has completed gender role transition, and it is intended for this role change to be permanent. This transition may or may not lead to further surgical intervention."

The forum is available by calling the main office of the Ohio BMV. (614-752-7500) This process will need to be repeated each time the license is renewed until transition is complete. Once the forum is completed, it is mailed, or faxed to the BMV.

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Attn: License Control
P.O. Box 16784
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6784
Phone: 614-752-7500
Fax: 614-752-7987

A notification of change will be mailed to you, which is then taken to your local BMV office to get a new license issued. The old license must be surrendered. The cost is the same as a duplicate license.

After a legal name change, you will need to take your drivers license, certified name change court order, and current Social Security card into a Deputy Registrar's office and purchase a new license with the name change. Changing your Social Security record is recommended before correcting your drivers license or ID card. The fee for a duplicate license is $19.50.

Oklahoma

Changing the gender marker requires a notarized statement on letterhead from the physician who performed the surgery. The letter must state the surgery is irreversible and permanent.

To correct your license the following must be presented:

  • Finger image comparison, if a finger-print image is already on file
  • A valid Proof of Identity document
  • A certified copy of your name change court order

Oregon

To change the gender marker, needs a letter from a state recognized gender therapist stating the applicant is living full-time in the target gender. In the "worst case" to change said marker, a court order backed by a physician's letter stating that genital realignment surgery has been performed will be needed.

A name change can be part of an original, renewal or replacement transaction for a driver license, driver permit or identification card. You will need to visit a DMV Office in person, and will be asked to:

  • Provide proof of your Full Legal Name;
  • Provide proof of your Legal Presence in U.S., Identity and Date of Birth;
  • Provide proof of your Social Security Number; and
  • Pay any applicable fees.

See http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/dv/chgname.shtml for more information on acceptable documents.

Pennsylvania

New regulations (to change gender marker) removed the requirement for genital surgery in lieu of a (signed) statement by a licensed medical or mental health professional stating that (you) are receiving treatment and have been diagnosed with GID and are living full-time as your chosen gender role. The form for this is not on the DMV web site at time of editing.

After a legal name change, the form to fill out will vary depending on what form of license of ID card you have. [8]

If your name has been changed by permission of the court, you will need to attach a Certified Copy of the Court Order. If you desire to use any name other than 1) your birth name, 2) spouse's surname or 3) a name given by the court, you must provide a copy of a Social Security Card (or records), together with copies of documents from two other sources with the desired name such as: Tax Records, Selective Services Card, Voter Registration Card, Passport or any form of Photo ID issued by a governmental agency. You will be issued a new card without cost.

Rhode Island

To change the name on your license, you are required to change your name with Social Security first. Please allow at least 24 hours (or more) after notifying the SSA before changing your name with the DMV. If the name change is not in the Social Security system, the DMV cannot process your name change on your license. You must then appear in person at any DMV branch office during regular business hours, and bring the following documents:

  • Your current RI license
  • One document showing your correct name, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree.

The DMV will also accept a notarized affidavit stating the change of name. This affidavit is available in any DMV branch and must be signed by you and notarized. Along with this affidavit, you must provide the DMV with two documents evidencing the new name, such as a Social Security card, a valid voter registration card, or current U.S. passport. The fee to change any information on a license is 6.50

South Carolina

State law requires you to change your name or address on department records within 10 days of your actual name or address change. When you change your name or address with the department, all of the vehicle and driver records that relate to you will be updated. Information on fees and forms to fill out to take with you to the local DMV office are here.

South Dakota

After a legal name change, you will have to show the examiner (at a DPS license station) a valid legal document that shows your name has changed. There will be a $6.00 duplicate fee for a corrected card.

Tennessee

After any legal change in gender and or name, you may obtain a duplicate, by making an application in person at any driver service center. You must provide:

  • Confirmation of proof of identity and
  • Documentation of changes (other than those needed to correct clerical errors) in a license, temporary license or certificate for driving holder’s name, date of birth, or gender.

See http://www.tennessee.gov/safety/driverlicense/dlduplicate.htm for more information on what is accepted as proof of change(s) and identity needed.

Texas

To change the gender marker, requires the applicant show court records or an amended birth certificate.

After a legal name change, you are required to notify the DPS within 30 days. A fee of $10 is required. In order to change your name, you must apply at any Texas Driver License office and present your marriage certificate/license or court order to initiate the change. No name will be used that has not been previously documented.

Utah

To change the gender marker, requires both a letter from a doctor stating that genital realignment surgery has been performed and a court order.

Before going to the local DMV office to change the name on your DL/ID card, it is recommended that you update Social Security records first. The current fee for a duplicate card is $18.

Vermont

To change the gender marker, requires a letter from a physician stating the genital realignment surgery has been performed, along with and the date of completion. Alternatively, a statement from a physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist stating the applicant is irrevocably committed to the gender change and one gender predominates over the other.

Virginia

VA has two policies, one for Transition and one for Permanent gender change.
Requirements for Transitional Gender Change include: submitting a letter pertaining to pending surgery signed by the attending physician, a court order "authorizing change of gender", and a medical report indicating that you are in active treatment. The requirements for Permanent Gender Change include: submitting an original or certified copy of an amended birth certificate and either a court order specifying that the sex of the individual has changed or a physician certification that surgery has been completed.

This state should change your DL/ID card information by presenting a certified copy of your name change court order, and paying a $10 fee for a new card.

Washington

To change the gender marker, requires either a letter from the applicant's physician or licensed mental health care provider, with the status of their treatment. Or a dated letter of intent with the details of ones transition.

In order to change your name on your driver's license or identification card, requires a certified copy of any court order related to your name change. You must also update your name on your vehicle title. Changing your name on the title will also change your name on the registration. The fee is $9 for each replaced vehicle title, and $10 to replace the old driver's license or ID card. [9]

West Virginia

Any change of gender requires a court order specifically indicating that the gender change is complete.

After a legal name change, the driver's license or identification card holder may need to renew his/her card.

To renew a driver’s license you must present 1 identity document, along with proof of WV residency.[10] If your license is expired for more than 6 months you are required to retest, written and road skills examination, along with providing all documents as a first time applicant. If your social security number is not in the system, or is wrong in the system you will be required to provide your social security card, before a new license will be issued. An applicant who is not a citizen of the United States shall present all documents required by the Division to verify his or her legal status in the United states, proof of identity, and proof of residency in this state.

See here for information on the current fee schedule.

Wisconsin

WI is ambiguous on requirements to change the marker. An affidavit or statement from a medical doctor or director of a facility specializing in gender change providing the customer is enrolled in a program may suffice. However, a court order or physicians report may be required.

If you have legally changed your name, you will need to change your name with the Social Security Administration Office before coming to a DMV Service Center. When you come to a Service Center to change your name on your Driver License or Identification Card, you will be required to show proof of your name change. The following are acceptable documents to show proof of your name change:

  • Certified record of marriage/divorce
  • Certified court order

The current fee for a duplicate card is $14 for a driver's license and $16 for an identification card.

Wyoming

To change the gender on a driver's license or identification card, you must present a medical statement from a physician indicating that you have completed the surgery necessary to effect a gender change. Applicants who present an out-of-state driver's license or identification card must:

  • If previously issued a Wyoming driver's license or ID card, and the sex designation on the out-of-state license/ID is different from what is on the system, applicants are required to present documentation of the gender change.
  • If never issued a Wyoming driver's license or ID card, applicants will be issued as per the information contained on the out-of-state license/ID card.

After a legal name change, DSP must be notified within ten days of any change of name or address. You must appear in person at any Wyoming examination station and present legal proof of name change. A new license will be issued and a new driver's license will be mailed to you.

District of Columbia

To change the gender marker, D.C. requires the applicant and a “medical or social service authority” to fill out a "Gender Designation Form." The “Medical or social service authority” part of the Form can be completed by a physician, licensed therapist, counselor, case worker or social worker, but the list is not exhaustive: authorities can also check “other.”

In order to change your name on your driver's license or identification card, requires you to bring your current driver license or non-driver identification card and social security card or Social Security Administration printout (reflecting the correct spelling of your name) along with one of the following original documents:

  • Official US Court Change of Name document
  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Employment Authorization Card
  • Permanent Resident Card

This information may be presented at any DMV customer service location.

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