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Welcome to our one-stop hub for name and gender change information. Find out how to update your name and gender on state and federal IDs and records. 

COVID-19 disruptions: Due to the current COVID-19 public health crisis, many courts and government offices are temporarily closed or operating for emergency business only; contact the office nearest you for details. You may unfortunately experience delays in getting a response from state or federal government agencies or in the processing of your name or gender marker change requests as a result. For your safety and the safety of others you should not travel to any government office at this time. You should keep dated copies of any materials you submit by mail or electronically. We understand this is a hardship for many, and we encourage you to reach out for support if you are distressed.

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Last updated July 2021

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Federal IDs and Records:

Connecticut Name Change Laws

What to file:

Official instructions from the CT Probate Courts can be found here.


Where to file:

At the Probate Court located in the district where you reside.


Do I need to publish my name change in a newspaper?

No.


Cost:

The fee for filing the petition and affidavit is $225.

If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for a fee waiver.


Name Changes for Minors Under 18:

For instructions on legal name changes for minors under 18 in Connecticut, see NCTE's Name Changes for Minors in Connecticut resource.


Legal Details:

To obtain a legal name change in Connecticut, an applicant must submit a petition to the Superior Court of their judicial district. No publication is required. Registered sex offenders must notify the supervising Commissioner of their intent and update the sex offender registry upon petition approval. (Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-11).

Connecticut Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update the name and/or gender on a Connecticut ID, the applicant must first change name with the Social Security Administration and then submit (1) a Name Correction Request  along with certified documentation of legal name change and/or (2) a Gender Designation Change Form signed by the applicant. 

As of January 27, 2020, the Gender Designation Form includes a gender neutral (X) designation option.

Connecticut Birth Certificate Laws

 The Connecticut Department of Public Health will amend the sex designation on the birth certificate if the registrant provides an affidavit from a physician, advance practice registered nurse, or psychologist, that the registrant has undergone surgical, hormonal or other treatment clinically appropriate for the purpose of gender transition. Public Act 15-132, An Act Concerning Birth Certificate Amendments, effective as of October 1, 2015.

If you would like to request an amendment to the sex designation on your CT birth certificate, you MUST request a packet from the Vital Records Office with original copies on archival paper of the applicant and healthcare provider affidavits for signature. In order to request the packet you can contact department staff at 860-509-7956 or maria.d.colon@ct.gov and receive a copy by mail or in person.

Once you receive the packet you will be instructed to submit the following:
 

·  A notarized affidavit on archival paper completed by you requesting a replacement birth certificate with your updated gender;

 

·  A notarized affidavit on archival paper completed by a licensed physician, a licensed advanced practice registered nurse, or a licensed psychologist, stating that you have undergone surgical, hormonal or other treatment clinically appropriate for the purpose of gender transition. 

 

·  A certified copy of a court order granting your legal name change, if you would like your amended birth certificate to reflect a new name;

 

·  A photocopy of a valid, government issued photo identification (e.g., driver's license, passport); and

 

·   Request a copy of a birth certificate if you would like Vital Records to provide a certified copy of your amended birth certificate. Along with the request form, you will need to send payment of $30 for the cost of the certified copy of the birth certificate.  The payment must be a money order payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut.”

Send completed application to:
Vital Records Office
Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
The Vital Records Office has instructions on the gender change process on their website. See Connecticut General Statutes §§ 19a-42 and Regulations for Connecticut State Agencies §§ 19a-41-5 through 19a-41-12

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