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How to Change your Name/Gender

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR NAME/GENDER
There are two ways to go about changing your name. The first and most popular is the common law approach. The second way is done through the courts. We shall discuss both of them in this article. Employment Authorization Card; Mexican Border Crossing Card with valid I-94; A valid foreign passport with a "Processed for I-551" stamp; Permanent Resident Re-entry Permit; Refugee travel document; Certificate of Identity with a valid I94; Valid I-94 stamped "Refugee," "Parole or Parolee," "Asylee," or Section 207, Section 208, Section 209, Section 212d(5), HP or PIP Notice of Action (I-797 Approved Petition); Immigration judge's order granting asylum; Valid I-94 with attached photo stamped "Processed for I-551 temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence"; U.S. Border Crossing ID card and Visa with valid I-94. The only documents acceptable for SSN verification are originals of the following: Social Security Card (cannot be laminated); Medicare card; U.S. Armed Forces Identification Cards: Active-DD 2, Retired-DD 2, Reserved-DD 2, Dependent-DD 173, Military separation document-DD 214. If you have an out-of state license you must provide the same information plus surrender your valid out-of-state driver license.

 COMMON LAW
Common law is a de-facto (common or everyday use) method that will work well for most purposes. If you are entering the transition process, that is to say, living full-time as a member of your chosen gender (male or female), you will shortly find that you will need a few pieces of gender-appropriate identification. The most common piece of identification is a driver’s license or state I.D. card. There is a relatively simple way to go about doing this. Because people are married and divorced all the time, most states have a procedure in place to facilitate this process. If you already have a California ID or Drivers License take your old ID or Drivers License to a Department of Motor Vehicles office in person. A new picture and thumbprint will be taken. Your old photo ID or license will not be returned. If you do not have California ID or Drivers License the State of California requires that all applicants present an acceptable birth date/legal presence document and social security number. State law requires every applicant for an original California identification (ID) card and driver license to show verification of birth date and proof of legal presence within the United States to help safeguard the accuracy and integrity of departmental documents. Only the original or a certified copy of one of the following documents is acceptable: U.S. Birth Certificate; U.S. Certificate or Report of Birth Abroad; Federal Proof of Indian Blood Degree; INS American Indian Card; Birth Certificate or passport issued from a U.S. territory; U.S. Passport; U.S. Citizen Identification Card; U.S. Military Identification Cards; Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship; Northern Mariana Card; Resident Alien Card; Temporary Resident Identification Card; Canadian Passport or Birth Certificate; Nonresident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card; Valid foreign passport with a valid Record of Arrival/Departure (form I-94); Certification from California Department of Corrections or California Youth Authority;

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California ID Card

For a California ID card the Department of Motor Vehicles provides Form DL 44. You can use this form to change your name or apply for a Driver’s License. To apply for a California ID card you will need to do the following:  Visit a DMV office (make an appointment for faster service)  Complete application form DL 44 (An original DL 44 form must be submitted. Copies will not be accepted.)  Give a thumb print  Have your picture taken  Provide your social security number. It will be verified with the Social Security Administration while you are in the office.  Verify your birth date and legal presence (you may use your California driver license)  Pay the $21 application fee. There is no fee for a senior citizen ID card. This form will only provide identification for the name that you want, it will not change your gender, nor will it be a court ordered name change. Page 1 of 5

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How to Change your Name/Gender hormones for you is the doctor who signs this form. If you do not have a personal physician, a referral to a Free Clinic will be provided for you. So the first step is to pick up the Name and Gender Change form (DL 328) and take it to your Medical Doctor and have it filled out and signed by the doctor. Then return this form to a Department of Motor Vehicles office. Upon presentation of this form and paying a fee of $25 to the Department of Motor Vehicles your photo will be taken. Therefore it is important to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles in your chosen gender. You will be issued a temporary new Driver’s License. Your new license with your new name, gender, and picture will arrive in the mail within 90 days. If you had previous identification, it is no longer valid identification. Keep a copy of your previous identification and have it voided by a hole being punched in it. Also keep a copy of the signed DL 328. Once the Department of Motor Vehicles processes your Name and Gender Change application, they will place your records in a closed file that is not open to public inspection. In this way they are attempting to protect your privacy. To get a printout of your records for insurance or other purposes, you will need to go to a Department of Motor Vehicles office and present your I.D. to a supervisor who will have the password to access your file.

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Changing Your Name on Your ID

How to change your name on your driver license and/or identification (ID) card To apply for a name change you will need to:  Visit a DMV office (make an appointment for faster service)  Complete application form DL 44 with your new information. (An original DL 44 form must be submitted. Copies will not be accepted.)  Give a thumb print  Have your picture taken  Pay the application fee ($20 license or $21 ID card. There is 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 one of the following additional acceptable documents for True Full Name (TFN) verification:  Adoption (containing your legal name as a result of an adoption)  Name change (containing your legal name before and after the name change)  Marriage Certificate (issued from a local or state Office of Vital Statistics)  Dissolution of marriage  Certified declaration or registration document verifying the formation of a domestic partnership These additional acceptable documents for True Full Name (TFN) must be issued by a governmental agency within the United States or a foreign jurisdiction that is authorized to issue such documents. The TFN document must be a legible and unaltered original or certified copy with a government seal, stamp or other official imprint. Please contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) to change your name on SSA records, if you have not already done so. DMV electronically verifies your name, birth date and social security number with the SSA.

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Social Security Card

It is important to change your name with Social Security when you change your Name and/or Gender with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Go to the Social Security Office within 3 days do to this. The DMV will check you Social Security Records to match the name that you submitted to DMV with your Social Security Records. Present the copies of your DL-328, and your previous Identification. To get your name changed on your Social Security records and be issued a new social security card, it is just a matter of filling out another form (Form SS-5). To change your name Social Security will need one or more documents identifying you by your OLD NAME on their records and your NEW NAME. Some of the documents that Social Security accepts as proof of identity are: Driver’s License, employer ID card, passport,

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Changing Your Name & Gender

In California, the Department of Motor Vehicles DL 328 Form is a confidential medical information authorization form for change of name and gender that can be picked up at any Department of Motor Vehicles office. This form calls for a doctor’s signature. Usually the Doctor who is prescribing

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How to Change your Name/Gender change without a legal document authorizing the action. These things include: previous school records, military records, passports and birth certificates. Depending on the state where these items are located, you may have to prove that you have had a sex change before any changes can be made; in other states, a decree from a judge will be all that is needed. The following is the process for a legal name change as it is done in Los Angeles. You must be a resident of the county of Los Angeles and give a specific street address to have your name changed. The first step is to go to the Superior Courts building at 111 N. Hill Street in downtown Los Angeles. Go to the office of the Metropolitan News Enterprise on the second floor Room 218. There you will be given a packet for change of name. The packet should include copies of the following documents: a. Petition For Change of Name(NC-100) b. Attachment to Petition for Change of Name(NC-110) c. Order to Show Cause For Change of Name(NC-120) d. Proof of Service of Order to Show Cause(NC121) e. Decree Changing Name(NC-130) f. Civil Case Cover Sheet Addendum g. Criminal History Assessment form {age 11 and over} If you are petitioning as a guardian of a minor you will need these additional forms: a. Supplemental Attachment To Petition For Change Of Name(NC-100G)
b. Decree Changing Name {Change of Name of Minor by Guardian} (NC-130G)

marriage or divorce record, adoption record, health insurance card, military records, insurance policy, or school ID card. This time you will not need any other signature besides your own. You will be able to keep the same account number that you have always had so there is no need to worry about loss of benefits. Your sex will not be changed until such time as you have your sex reassignment surgery and present them with a letter from your doctor, but that information does not appear on your card anyway. Do not worry about paying taxes with W-2's in two different names. The IRS does not care what name, or names you use, as long as your Social Security Number is consistent.

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Bank Accounts

Next, you will most likely want to open a bank account in your new name. You may do this with your new I.D., or you may want to put an A.K.A. (also known as) on your existing account. If you elect to do the latter, you will be able to cash or deposit checks regardless of which name the checks are made out to. The name on your checks may be anything you want, either or both.

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Credit Cards

Credit cards may be the easiest thing to change. Many people have had the card company issue a second card on their existing account as they would for a spouse. In this way, once again, you have a credit card for both genders. If you do not use your male card, and always pay your bills with checks printed in the female name, you will be laying the groundwork for changing the name on your credit history. This is done by establishing a history of payments under your new name. Once you have done these things you may wish to take a class at the local community college, and thereby receive a student I.D. in your new name. A library card and check-cashing I.D. may also be helpful. You are now well on your way to establishing a paper trail that states a new person exists! Other things to do include: changing your phone book listing; changing your listing with the local utility companies; and all incoming and outgoing mail in your chosen gender. After about a year, you will have a thorough paper trail in your chosen gender!

 THROUGH THE COURTS
There are a few things that you just cannot

If you are changing your Name and Gender you will need these forms: a. Petition For Change of Name And Gender (NC200) b. Attachment to Petition for Change of Name(NC-110) c. Order to Show Cause For Change of Name And Gender(NC-220) d. Proof of Service of Order to Show Cause(NC121) e. Decree Changing Name And Gender(NC-230) f. Civil Case Cover Sheet Addendum g. Criminal History Assessment form {age 11 and over} h. A physician’s declaration documenting the

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How to Change your Name/Gender remember that your court date is always thirty days from the date you file. Once you have filed, go back to Room 218 and pay for your four-week publication, which costs $95 for Metropolitan News publication or $90 for The Daily Commerce publication. Your copy of An Order to Show Cause For Change of Name will be published in the Metropolitan News or Daily Commerce. This gives public notice of your intent to change your name and allows anyone who protests to come forward and contest the action. Now there is nothing more to do until the day of your hearing. When that date arrives, be on time. You should report to Room 542, Dept. 1A The Superior Court. When you arrive you will discover that everyone is there for a name change. There are immigrants, children taking the last name of their mother’s new husband, and some are actors. The court doesn’t care why you are changing your name, except where a fraud may be involved. Once you are all seated a clerk will address you. The first thing that she/he will want to know is if anyone in the courtroom today is there to contest a proposed name change. If someone is, they will be placed on the docket for a hearing. Next, the clerk will ask that everyone check to see if they have a copy of their petition Order to Show Cause For Change of Name and Decree Changing Name with them. The clerk will give instructions on how this form should be filled out. The floor is then open for questions. Once all questions have been addressed, you are told to just get in line. If your paperwork is properly filled out, your paperwork will be accepted. The paperwork is then given to the judge for their signature. You will need to come back to the courthouse in one week to obtain certified copy of your Degree Changing Name/Gender. Then you will need to do the following: (1) have your court file which will contain the original decree signed by the court; (2) present a valid drivers license and your case file number; (3) go to the file room (Room 112) and request your file from the file desk; (4) after receiving your file, take the file to the certification desk, which is located across from the file desk in Room 112; (5) pay the $6.60 fee for a certified copy [you may want additional certified copies to change school records, etc]. So the total cost of a legal name change is:
Name Change Filing $269.50

sex change You can also get the forms (NC forms 100-230 and Civil Case Cover Sheet Addendum) from the World Wide Web at: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/forms.cgi You will need a black pen to fill out the forms. Each of these forms is short and easy to fill out. They ask for information such as what your name is and what you want it to be, who your father is and where he lives, and why you want to make a name change. If you do not live in Los Angeles, you should call your county government information office and they will tell you the office to report to in your town. Once you have filled out all the forms (in black ink), go to the 5th floor Room 542, Dept. 1A. File the original Petition for Change of Name/Gender with the clerk of the court and obtain two filedendorsed copies of the Petition for Change of Name/Gender. Once the hearing date has been included and you have obtained a judge’s signature on the Order to Show Cause For Change of Name/Gender, file the original order in the court clerk’s office and obtain filed-endorsed copies of the Order to Show Cause For Change of Name Gender. The office is open Monday through Friday (except Holidays) from 8:30 a.m. till 12:00 p.m.; and from 1:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Please be aware, that the Clerk cannot help you fill out any of the forms nor assist you in interpretation of them (this is a California State law). Your forms will be checked over, therefore, if you have missed anything it will be pointed out to you at this time, and the clerk cannot have the order signed. If you do not have the money to pay the court fee, there is an appeal process for waiving the fees. To get your court fees waived you must be receiving financial assistance or have no income. {Your financial assistance must be from one or more of the following programs: SSI and SSP, AFDC, TANF, The Food Stamps Program, County Relief, General Relief, or General Assistance.} This application for waiver of court fees and costs must be presented to the clerk. [You can get the Application for Waiver of Court Fees from Room 112] Go back downstairs to Room 102 for filing. There is a filing fee of $224.50 payable to the Los Angeles Superior Court. This fee is waived if your application for waiver of court fees and costs was accepted. Your court date will be set at this time,

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How to Change your Name/Gender
$95.00 $6.50

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$371.00

This process may sound as if there is a lot of running around involved in it, but there really is not. Even the first day when you are going around gathering up all your forms and filling them out, depending on the length of lines at each of your stops, it may all be completed in about an hour. If you are changing your name in LA, there is one more thing to keep in mind: there is a lot of construction work being done on the metro-rail lines. If you are going to be driving around downtown, give yourself some extra time for traffic. You can expect to pay around $10 for parking. You can use Automate parking which is on 2 nd St. between Hill & Olive. If you want to save a little money you can drive on 1st and park at 240 1st St. at Joe’s Auto Park for $6.50. Several Bus lines also stop near the courthouse. The MTA bus lines are 1,2,3,4,10,and 11. These all stop between 1 st and 2nd Street. The Blue Line also has the Civic Center stop at 1st and Hill Street. Or you may want to drive about a mile outside of downtown, park on a side street and then take a bus the rest of the way. It could be cheaper and less stressful!

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