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Last updated August 2018

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Louisiana Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in Louisiana, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. No publication is required. Individuals who have a felony conviction may change their name once the sentence has been satisfied, with the exception that individuals who have a felony conviction for a violent crime are not permitted to change their name. (La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 13:4751 to 13:4755)

Louisiana Drivers License Policy & Procedures

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

  1. To change the name, a court order certifying the name change.
  2. To change the gender, a statement signed by a physician stating that the applicant has undergone a successful gender change/reassignment.

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles addresses gender change here.

Louisiana Birth Certificate Laws

Louisiana will update the gender marker on a certificate of birth upon receipt of a court order certifying gender change. "The court shall require such proof as it deems necessary to be convinced that the petitioner was properly diagnosed as a transsexual or pseudo-hermaphrodite, that sex reassignment or corrective surgery has been properly performed upon the petitioner, and that as a result of such surgery and subsequent medical treatment the anatomical structure of the sex of the petitioner has been changed to a sex other than that which is stated on the original birth certificate of the petitioner." Once the court order is approved a copy of the judgment for a new certificate will be sent to the state registrar of vital records at New Orleans within ten days. A new birth certificate shall be issued and the old one shall be kept under seal. La. R.S. 40:62.

To apply for an updated birth certificate the applicant should submit:

  • A certified copy of the court order certifying gender change
  • A copy of the original birth certificate
  • A copy of a driver's license or photo ID
  • A check or money order for applicable fees (payable to Louisiana Vital Records)

Send application to:

Louisiana Vital Records
PO Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160

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