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New Guide: Name and Gender Change in New Jersey


The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is pleased to announce the completion of a name and gender change guide for the State of New Jersey.

“For many people, legally changing their name or gender is a very important step in their transition,” said NCTE policy counsel Arli Christian. “Without the right ID, you might not be able to access services you need, start a new job, or open a bank account. But the name process for changing your legal name and gender can sometimes seem so complicated that people don’t know where to start.”

This step-by-step guide walks individuals born or living in New Jersey through the legal name and gender change process. The guide simplifies and demystifies the process, giving individuals the tools they need to make sure their ID documents are accurate and consistent. We also hope this guide can be used as a reference by other legal and social justice organizations that help the transgender community.

The guide is a project of NCTE’s Trans Legal Services Network. NCTE launched the Network in 2013 to provide training and legal support for local organizations across the country working to provide free legal services for transgender individuals. This guide was put together in collaboration with Network member The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) and Network Advisory Council law firm Bryan Cave LLP. NCTE applauds LeGaL and Bryan Cave for their work on this important resource and their commitment to transgender equality.

Download the guide here.

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