To obtain a legal name change in Florida, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. No publication is required. The applicant must be fingerprinted. No name change will be issued if the applicant's civil rights have been suspended. (Fla. Stat. Ann. § 68.07). Name change instructions and forms can be found on the Florida courts website
For comprehensive instructions on the process of updating IDs in Florida, NCTE helped create a Florida Name and Gender Change Guide in English and Spanish! This guide was created for the Florida Chapter of the TransLatina Coalition and Arianna's Center, written and designed by Cooley LLP as a project of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and was created in partnership with Equality Florida and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
For an online guide to the name and gender change process, see Florida Name Change Website.
For instructions on legal name changes for minors under 18 in Florida, see NCTE's Name Changes for Minors in Florida resource.