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Last updated August 2018

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Maine Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in Maine, an applicant must submit a petition to the probate court. There is a publication requirement which can be waived if the applicant is a victim of abuse or is currently in reasonable fear for their safety. (Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 18-A, § 1-701)

Maine Drivers License Policy & Procedures

As of June 11, 2018, the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will recognize non-binary individuals on Maine IDs. From now until July 2019, individuals who indicate their gender as non-binary will be issued a sticker on the back of their ID that reads: “Gender has been changed to X – Non-binary.” By July 2019 the BMV will update their database and will begin to issue IDs that indicate "X" for non-binary.

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

  1. To update the name, a document demonstrating the legal name change, such as a court order. Applicants must notify the BMV of a legal name change within 30 days of the name change.
  2. To update the gender marker, a Gender Designation Form signed by a licensed provider (a physician, therapist, social worker, or other qualified provider) certifying the applicant's gender identity as male, female, or non-binary.

The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles addresses obtaining a driver's license here

Maine Birth Certificate Laws

Maine will issue an amended birth certificate with a letter from a  physician verifying that the surgery/treatment has been "completed". The applicant should submit an application to correct a vital record (changing the sex), a notarized letter from the physician stating the operation is complete and irreversible, the legal name change order from the probate court and request to amend name on birth certificate (if applicable), and a check with the applicable fees payable to the Treasurer of the State of Maine. The updated certificate will include a "summary description of the evidence submitted in support of the correction... on the certificate or record or permanently attached to it." (22 M.R.S. § 2705)

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