Adult name and gender recognition
In California, you can ask the court for an order recognizing your gender change and changing your legal name. To do this, you file a petition with the court and get a decree. The process generally takes up to 2 months.
Choose any part of the process below to get step-by-step instructions.
1. Fill out a petition
First, you fill out a petition to ask the court to recognize your gender change and change your name.
2. File petition and pay fee
Then, file your petition and pay a fee (or ask for a fee waiver).
3. Get your order
If the judge approves your request, you'll get a signed order. You can use this to update your legal documents, like your birth certificate, driver's license, social security, and passport.