Driver's License Policies by State

This information was last updated on January 4, 2013 and some information may be outdated. Please check with your state agency to ensure you have up-to-date information. In some cases, forms are available on the agency's website. Asterisk (*) indicates that the state has no written policy to the best of our knowledge.

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Alabama SRS is required in order for the gender change to be permitted. Documentation of said change is needed to be signed by the physician who completed surgery.
 
Alaska The applicant must provide either a (1) a full Certification for Change of Sex Designation, (2) amended birth certificate, (3) valid US passport, or (4) court order issued by a court in the United States gender change of sex or gender. Unless another form of documentation is provided, the certification form must be signed by a medical or mental health provider stating that "I have treated the applicant or reviewed and evaluated the medical history of the applicant with regard to the condition necessitating the requested change of sex designator on the driver license or ID card. The applicant has had appropriate clinical treatment for the condition necessitating the change and the change is expected to be permanent. The applicant’s gender identification is [check one] Male Female."
Arizona

A customer must request that the gender noted on the record be changed. To accomplish this change, the customer must apply for a new license (duplicate). It is not necessary for the customer to have completed the surgical gender-change procedure. A signed statement from a licensed physician is required. The signed statement must: include a statement to the effect that the customer is irrevocably committed to the gender-change process; include the physician’s license number; and, be presented within three months from the date the statement was signed by the physician.

Arkansas*

Documentation of change is needed. Arkansas also has a statute that legal presence and residency in Arkansas must be proved when obtaining an Arkansas driver’s license.

California

Requires an applicant requesting to change his or her gender identifier to complete a Medical Information Authorization (Gender Change) form DL 328. This form is to be completed by a licensed physician or psychologist. The doctor is to certify that the gender identifier being requested is consistent with the applicant’s gender disposition and gender change status, if applicable.

Colorado

You must request an original form DR2083, Medical Information Authorization for Change of Sex Designation, in person at a Colorado DMV office. Legibly print your name, the number from your current driver’s license or identification card, the date, your address and your previous name, if changing your name concurrently.  Please sign and date the form, authorizing your physician to provide medical information in support of your application. Form DR2083 must be completed and signed by a Colorado licensed physician.  He or she should state your gender on the basis of your gender identity and full time gender role expression or on prior completion of medical sex reassignment. Bring the completed form DR2083 to a DMV office with your current driver's license or identification card and renewal fee.  A new photo will be taken, and you will be issued a temporary driver's license or identification document and asked to review it for correctness.

Connecticut* Medical documentation is required if applicant would like to change gender on license.
Delaware The customer must obtain Form MV2020 - Request for Gender Change on Driver License/Identification Card. The customer is not required to have completed gender reassignment surgery. Instead, Section C must be completed by a medical or social service provider licensed in the United States certifying that : "My practice includes assisting, counseling or treating persons with gender identity issues, including the applicant named herein, and in my professional opinion, the applicant's gender identity is . . . Male Female and can reasonably be expected to continue as such for the foreseeable future." Once the form is completed, the customer must visit any DMV location with the completed application.
District of Columbia

Applicants requesting a change of gender designation on their driver’s license or identification card other from that showing on their identity proof documents must surrender any current state-issued license or identification card, submit a completed Gender Designation form, have a new photograph taken, and pay applicable fees for a new or amended license. The Gender Designation form requires that applicants attest that the change “is for the purposes of ensuring my driver’s license/identification card accurately reflects my gender identity and is not for any fraudulent or other unlawful purposes.” A medical or social services provider must affirm that “in my professional opinion, the applicant’s gender identity is either male or female and can reasonably be expected to continue as such in the foreseeable future” on the form. Name changes related to gender are completed via submission of appropriate court documents and must also be reflected on the Social Security card.

Florida

Customers requesting a gender different from what appear on the driver license or identification card (unless the gender currently indicated was entered in error) must provide a signed original statement on office letterhead from the attending medical physician. This medical certification must include the following items: 1. Physicians full name; 2. Medical license or certificate number; 3. Issuing state or other jurisdiction of medical license/certificate; 4. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number assigned to the physician; 5. Address and telephone number of the physician; 6. Language stating that he/she is the attending physician for the customer and that he/she has a doctor/patient relationship with the customer; 7. Language stating the customer is undergoing appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition to the new gender (male or female); and 8. Language stating, "I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States the forgoing is true and correct." If a customer advises that the gender on his/her primary document mistakenly list the wrong gender due to typographical error, refer the customer to the appropriate issuing agency for correction. Note: Sexual reassignment surgery is not a prerequisite for a driver license or identification card issuance and such documentation must not be requested.

Georgia A person may have the gender designation on their driver’s license changed after a gender reassignment operation upon the presentation to a driver examiner of either a court order reflecting such change, or a physician's letter certifying such change. The letter or court order shall state the person's name and date of birth, and the date of gender reassignment operation, as well as other identifying information. A person applying under Section (1) shall surrender all licenses in their possession and shall be required to pay either the renewal license fee or a duplicate license fee, whichever is applicable. No rebate will be given for any licenses surrendered. In all cases the decision to change the gender designation on the license is at the discretion of the Department.
Hawaii

To add or correct the sex designation on a State ID card, you must visit the State ID Office on Oahu or at the Governor's Liaison Offices on Maui, Kauai, or Hawaii Island and submit a Gender Designation Form. Apply for a new or duplicate license at the nearest driver license station or satellite city hall. To add or correct the sex designation, the applicant must submit a Gender Designation Form. Note that you need not have undergone surgery. The form must be signed by a medical or social service provider stating that: "In my professional opinion, the applicant's gender is (circle one): Male Female. I hereby certify under penalty of law the foregoing is true and correct."

Idaho

Birth certificate information may be superseded only by the following: A court order, or an original affidavit from a licensed medical doctor signifying that the individual has undergone a change of gender. If a person possesses both a Department-issued identification card and driver's license, the sex (gender) designation shall be the same on both.

Illinois

An applicant who requests a change in file information to reflect a gender change must provide at least one of the following: Medical Report Form; Psychiatric Report Form; Physician's Statement; Other acceptable documentation to indicate that a change has taken place or the applicant is in the process of undergoing the change. Applicants who request a name change in conjunction with a gender change must provide acceptable identification to confirm the new name being requested, as well as to establish an acceptable link between the old and new name. This office does not require a court order to prove a change of name or sex. However, such a court order shall be considered as best evidence to process the name/gender change.

Indiana Applicants must a physician's signed and dated statement that applicant successfully underwent all treatment necessary to permanently change gender from (insert prior gender) to (insert new gender). Alternatively, applicants nay present a court order directing DMV to change the gender marker. 
Iowa*

To change gender on an Iowa driver's license or identification card, a person is required to present an amended birth certificate or court order.

Kansas*

Documentation of change is needed for applicant to change their gender.

Kentucky

Requires that the driver must provide a certified copy of their modified birth certificate noting gender reassignment.  In order to obtain the modified birth certificate, the driver has to present the agency in their state of birth with a statement from their doctor indicating that gender reassignment surgery has been done.

Louisiana

If an applicant for or a holder of a Louisiana driver's license/identification card indicates that they have undergone a sex change procedure and desire to change the gender identification on the driver's license/ID card, the change will so be noted and a new driver's license/ID card issued. In order to do so a medical statement is required to be signed by a physician stating the successful change in gender. If the applicant wishes to change his/hers name a certified court order is needed. (If the court order specifically requires a corrected/amended birth certificate be obtained, we will require a copy of said corrected/amended birth certificate. If the court order does not specifically require a corrected/amended birth certificate, the court order will be sufficient.) Once the documentation has been verified and all other criteria has been met for the issuance of a driver's license/ID card, change of data transaction will be processed on the DLRU20.

Maine

The applicant must complete a Gender Designation Form which includes the following statement: "I request the gender designation on my Driver's License/ID Card to read (circle one): Male Female. I hereby swear, under the penalty of perjury, that this request for the selected gender designation to appear on my Driver's License/ID Card is for the purpose of ensuring that my Driver's License/ID Card accurately reflects my gender identity and is not for any fraudulent or other unlawful purpose." The bottom of the form must be completed by a medical or social service provider, who must sign a statement that: "In my professional opinion, the applicant’s gender identity is (circle one): Male Female and can reasonably be expected to continue as such in the foreseeable future. I hereby certify, under the penalty of perjury that the foregoing information is true and correct."

Maryland During the transitional change (“The Real-Life Experience”), before the Courts can approve a permanent gender change you may request that your driver’s license be changed to reflect your desired gender.  To accomplish this, a packet of information must be created that entails a letter from you formally requesting a change in gender status. This letter should explain the reason(s) for your request and how you believe you would benefit from this. A letter from the physician administering your hormone therapy and assisting you with any plans you may have for surgery.  This letter should indicate the length of time you have been in treatment as well as a statement clarifying the doctor’s impression of your treatment progress and your prognosis for favorable outcome. A letter from your psychotherapist stating the length of time you have been in treatment, the length of time you have recognized your desire to live in your desired gender, and the length of time you have been living in your designed gender (both privately and publicly).  The therapist should summarize your situation, the progress of treatment, the anticipated course of treatment, obstacles to be overcome, and prognosis.  The therapist’s professional credential, practice affiliation(s), and current license(s) should be stated clearly.
Massachusetts In order for applicants to change the gender designation printed on their Driver’s License or ID Card they must fill out a Massachusetts Gender Designation Change Form in conjunction with their medical or social service provider. Applicants must attest that their request ‘is for the purpose of ensuring that my Driver’s License/ID Card accurately reflects my gender identity and is not for any fraudulent or other unlawful purposes.’ A medical or social service provide, whose ‘practice includes the treatment and counseling of persons with gender identity issues, including the applicant named herein,’ must affirm that ‘in my professional opinion, the applicant’s gender identity is’ either male or female and ‘can reasonably be expected to continue as such in the foreseeable future’ on the form. Applicants must also pay a $20 fee, surrender their old license, and have a new Driver’s License photo taken. 
Michigan The applicant must provide an original doctor's statement or court order certifying that the applicant has completed the medical treatments necessary to change their gender.
Minnesota*

Applicants should submit a Petition for Variance form together with an amended birth certificate or a physician’s letter confirming permanent physical changes.

Mississippi*

Documentation of gender change is required.

Missouri

Before or after gender reassignment surgery, the applicant may present a court order as proof of a court-ordered name change.  The applicant's current legal name must appear on the Missouri permit/driver/nondriver license. The applicant may be photographed in the attire normally worn, regardless of the gender shown on the license or whether or not the applicant is pursuing gender reassignment surgery. After gender reassignment surgery is complete (when applicable), the applicant may apply and pay for a permit/driver/nondriver license with the new gender. The applicant must present medical documentation specifically verifying that the gender reassignment surgery has been completed.  This is usually in the form of a letter from the surgeon who completed the gender reassignment surgery.

Montana

Applicant needs an amended birth certificate and a court order.

Nebraska Applicant must submit a Certification of Sex Reassignment form completed by a physician. The form states: 'I certify that the above named applicant has undergone the necessary sex reassignment procedures required for social gender recognition and is requesting that a driver license/ID card be issued.
Nevada

Applicants must submit form DLD 136. A physician licensed in the US must complete the bottom portion of the form stating their professional opinion that the applicant is living full time as identified gender and undergoing treatment.

New Hampshire

Applicant is require to have medical documentation stating that the applicant has had SRS in addition to have been living as that sex.

New Jersey

In order for applicants to change the gender designation printed on their Driver’s License they must submit a Declaration of Change of Sex Designation application in conjunction with their medical or social service provider. Applicants must attest that their request for a change of sex designation is ‘for the purpose of making my driver license/identification card reflect my gender identity, and not for fraudulent or other unlawful purposes.’ A medical or social service provide, whose ‘practice includes the treatment and counseling of persons with gender identity issues, including the applicant named herein,’ must affirm that ‘in my professional opinion, the applicant’s gender identity is’ either male or female and ‘can reasonably be expected to continue as such in the foreseeable future’ on the form.  Applicants must also pay a standard $11 fee and surrender their old license.

New Mexico

The applicant must complete a Gender Designation Change Request form which includes the following statement: 'I, _________________, wish the gender designation on my driver's license or identification card to designate my gender as (please check one): Male Female. I hereby swear, under the penalty of perjury, that this request for the selected gender designation to appear on my Driver’s License/ID Card is for the purpose of ensuring that my Driver’s License/ID Card accurately reflects my gender identity and is not for any fraudulent or other unlawful purpose.' The bottom of the form must be completed by a medical or social service provider who must sign a statement that: 'My practice includes the treatment and counseling of persons with gender identity issues, including the Applicant named herein, and in my professional opinion the applicant’s gender identity is (circle one): Male Female and can reasonably be expected to continue as such for the foreseeable future. I hereby certify, under the penalty of perjury, that the foregoing information is true and correct.'

New York

Complete and bring form MV-44, your current NYS photo document, and proof of the sex change to a DMV office. Proof of a sex change entails 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 (male or female). There is a document fee of $10 to make this change. The DMV office issues a temporary document that does not have a photo. Your new photo document will arrive by mail in three to four weeks.

North Carolina To change the gender, you will need to present a certified copy of the court order at the local DMV.
North Dakota*

Medical documentation is needed for applicant to change gender.

Ohio

A physician or a licensed psychologist/therapist, who is licensed to practice in the United States, certifies that the gender change is being conducted in accordance with World Professional Association for Transgendered Health (WPATH) Standards of Care.

Oklahoma

The licensee shall show an original or certified court order for name change, if applicable, and a notarized statement on letterhead from the physician who performed the sex change operation indicating the applicant or licensee has undergone a complete physical sex change. The letter shall state the sex change is 'irreversible and permanent'. The licensee shall also show proof of former legal name. The former name shall be entered into the Alias field in the driver license database to provide historical information to the Department. The person requesting the information change may retain the old license, if it is available, after the motor license agent has first punched a hole through the identification number of the license.

Oregon

An applicant may have their sex designation changed if they have undergone SRS or they are a transsexual undergoing gender reassignment therapy with a qualified therapist. They must have the necessary documents from a qualified therapist stating that the applicant is living full-time as the desired gender as part of gender reassignment therapy. If the customer is also changing his/her name, the applicant must present one proof of ID in the previous name and one proof of ID in the new name. You may accept the letter from the therapist as proof of the new name if the new name information is included in the letter.

Pennsylvania To indicate a gender change on a Pennsylvania driver's license, a letter from a physician who can attest to the completion of the transsexual surgery; or a court order, which can substantiate your change of gender, should be submitted along with your renewal application.
Rhode Island

The applicant must complete a Gender Designation Form which includes the following statement: "I, ______________________________, wish the designation of gender on my driver's license or identification card to read (please check one): Male Female. I, the undersigned, hereby make application for either license, state identification card or permit and declare under penalty of perjury that all statements made on this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief." The bottom of the form must be completed by a medical or social service authority who must sign a statement that: "In my professional opinion, the applicant's gender identity is (please check one): Male Female and can reasonably be expected to continue as such in the foreseeable future. I, the undersigned, hereby declare under penalty of perjury that all statements made in this section by me, are true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief."

South Carolina* The general accepted method to change one’s gender is to present medical documentation that gender has been changed and a court order to the local DMV.
South Dakota

In order for an applicant to change the gender on their driver license, they must present the examiner a signed affidavit from a licensed physician certifying that the applicant’s gender has been medically altered. In the case of a name change, due to a change in gender, a legal document showing the name change is required.

Tennessee* Applicant needs medical documentation stating that SRS has been completed and if name change is desired an amended birth certificate or a court order is needed.
Texas* In order to change the gender on a Texas driver license a person is required to show a court order including documentation of changed sex. 
Utah

It is the policy of the Driver License Division to accommodate a request for a gender change on the driving record, driving certificate, and /or identification card only when the applicant provides the following documentation: 1. An original or certified copy of an identity document or an amended certified copy of an identity document that specifies gender. This may include a US passport or birth certificate.

Vermont

Requires a written letter from physician stating that gender change is complete and the date of completion. An additional statement can accompany the letter from a psychologist, physiatrists, or physician stating that applicant is committed to gender change. The statement must include the target gender of applicant and must be signed by physician, psychologist or psychiatrist and contain the printed name, address, jurisdiction in which licensed and license number.

Virginia

There are two processes available for those who identify as transgender, who can opt for either the transitional gender change or permanent gender change. In addition to have been living one year as one’s new gender, the applicant is to afterwards submit a Driver's License and Identification Card Application (DL1P) requesting a change of gender (and change of name, if necessary, submitting all required documents for proof of name change). Applicant is to also submit a letter requesting a change of gender, a letter pertaining to pending surgery signed by attending physician, Court order (original or teste) authorizing change of gender and a medical report (MED 2) indicating that the applicant is under supervision for transgender change.  If the applicant has had permanent gender changes, he/she are to submit an original or certified copy of an amended birth certificate issued by the Bureau of Vital Statistics within the United States and a court order specifying that the sex of the individual has changed.  Instead of submitting the Court order one can submit a physician certification that the gender change surgical procedure has been completed. Form: DL17

Washington

If you would like to change the gender designation on your driver license or ID card to accurately reflect your identity, mail a written request to the Assistant Director for Driver Policy and Programs, Department of Licensing, PO Box 9030, Olympia, WA 98507-9030.

The request must include all of the following: A letter from you requesting the change in gender designation. The letter must include: The name, address, and gender designation shown on your current driver license or ID card as well as the name, address, and gender designation you want on the new driver license or ID card, and your current phone number. You must also submit a letter on official letterhead from your licensed medical, osteopathic physician or psychologist stating you have initiated the appropriate clinical treatment. Include a photocopy of your current Washington State driver license or ID card. If you want to change your name, you must also include an original or certified copy of your Court Ordered Name Change.

If we approve your request, we will send you a letter authorizing you to change your gender designation. After you receive this authorization letter, you may visit any driver licensing office to update your records and get a new driver license or ID card. Bring along all of the following: the authorization letter we sent you, your current driver license or ID card and cash or check to pay the $10 fee. Form: 50043

West Virginia Any change of gender requires a court order specifically indicating that the gender change is complete.
Wisconsin A change of gender requires an affidavit or statement from a medical doctor or director of a facility specializing in gender change. A court order is also acceptable, but is not required. The affidavit, statement or court order must be original documents, no photo copies will be accepted.  The customer would need to complete an application, MV3001, for a duplicate and the charge would be $14.00 dollars for a driver license or $16.00 dollars for an ID 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.

 

 

 

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