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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. 

Not sure where to start? Here's a quick overview.

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Last updated November 2019

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Idaho Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in Idaho, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. The applicant must publish notice of the petition hearing in a county newspaper for four weeks OR in three of the most public places in the county for four weeks. Registered sex offenders are permitted to change their name long as the granting court gives notice to the sex offender registry with the identifying information. (Idaho Code Ann. §§ 7-801 & 7-805 (West))

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

Idaho Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update name and/or gender on an Idaho ID, the applicant must submit:

  • If changing the name, a court order certifying the name change.
  • If changing the gender, an affidavit signed by a physician certifying that the applicant has undergone the appropriate clinical treatment.

The Idaho Transportation Department addresses name change here.

Idaho Birth Certificate Laws

As of April 2018, Idaho Office of Vital Statistics will amend the gender on a birth certificate upon request of the applicant; no medical documentation is required. 

To apply for an updated birth certificate, the applicant must submit the following items. All forms are included in the Idaho Gender Change Packet.

  1. An Application to Change Sex on an Idaho Birth Certificate, signed in front of a notary;
  2. An Idaho Vital Statistics Certificate Request, to get a copy of the new birth certificate;
  3. If changing the name, a certified copy of a court order for name change;
  4. A photocopy of the applicant's photo ID;
  5. Fee of $20 to process the application and $16 for each new birth certificate.

Mail the application to:

Idaho Vital Records
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720‐0036 

If you have additional questions, you can email or call (208) 334‐5980 to contact a vital records customer service representative

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