Maine | National Center for Transgender Equality

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 September 2019

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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)

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

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 the following documents:

Submit the application via mail to the following address:

Data, Research, and Vital Statistics (DRVS)
220 Capitol Street
11 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0011

Please note: the updated record will include a description of the evidence submitted in support of the correction (22 M.R.S. § 2705), but the printed certificate should not show the old information.

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