Adult name and gender recognition
In California, you can ask the court to change your legal name and get a court order recognizing your gender. 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 change your name and recognize your gender
2. File petition and pay fee
Then, file your petition and pay a fee (or ask for a fee waiver).
3. Get your decree
If the judge approves your request, you'll get a signed decree. You can use this to update your legal documents, like your birth certificate, driver's license, social security, and passport.