Kansas Name Change Laws
To obtain a legal name change in Kansas, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. Subject to the court's discretion, the applicant may need to send notice of the hearing to interested parties by mail or publish in a newspaper once a week for four weeks. (Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 60-1401 to 60-1403).
For instructions on legal name changes for minors under 18 in Kansas, see NCTE's Name Changes for Minors in Kansas resource.
Kansas Drivers License Policy & Procedures
Applicants may update the gender marker on a Kansas license or ID using a court ordered gender change OR a medical declaration.
The applicant must submit the following documents to the Chief Driver's License Examiner:
- To change the name, an original or file stamped copy of the name change order;
- To change the gender by medical declaration, the applicant must submit each of the following:
- A letter from the applicant requesting a change of gender. The letter must include the applicant's current full legal name, residential address, phone number, email address, and the requested gender marker.
- A letter on official letterhead from a licensed physician stating that the applicant has undergone appropriate clinical treatment or that the physician has re-evaluated the applicant and determined that gender reclassification based on physical criteria is appropriate.
- If you have a court order recognizing your gender, you can show the court order instead of the medical declaration. This is typically applicable to people who obtained a court order outside of Kansas. Bring an original or file stamped photocopy of the court ordered gender change;
- A photocopy of the applicant's current Kansas driver's license or identification card.
The above documents should be sent to the following address:
Kansas Chief Driver’s License Examiner
Division of Vehicles – Kansas Department of Revenue
Docking State Office Building, RM 130
915 SW Harrison
Topeka, KS 66612
If the Division approves the request, the applicant will receive a letter from Chief Driver’s License Examiner authorizing the applicant’s change of gender designation. The applicant should take that letter to any Kansas driver’s licensing exam station to update the applicant’s records and get a new driver’s license or identification card. The applicant must take all of the following documents to the exam station:
- The Division’s authorization letter;
- The applicant’s current driver’s license/identification card; and
- The appropriate fee required by law to secure an original, renewal, or replacement driver’s license.
Kansas Birth Certificate Laws
As of June 21, 2019, Kansas Office of Vital Statistics will issue updated birth certificates that reflect the gender identity of the applicant. See Foster v. Anderson Consent Judgment.
In order to update the gender marker on a Kansas birth certificate, applicants should submit the following:
- An Affidavit signed by the applicant (or the applicant's parent) requesting a change in sex designation
- One of the following as evidence of gender change:
- A passport with the correct (updated) gender marker; OR
- A driver's license with the correct (updated) gender marker; OR
- Certification issued by a healthcare professional or mental health professional with whom the person has a doctor-patient relationship stating that based on his or her professional opinion the true gender identity of the applicant and that it is expected that this will continue to be the gender with which the applicant will identify in the future.
- A signed Application to Amend a Kansas Birth Certificate.
- A copy of the front and back of the applicant's current legal photo ID.
- A check or money order payable to Kansas Vital Statistics ($15 for amendment and $15 for each certified copy).
- A self-addressed stamped envelope.
Applications can be submitted by mail to:
Kansas Office of Vital Statistics
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 120
Topeka, KS 66612-2221