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. 

COVID-19 disruptions: Due to the current COVID-19 public health crisis, many courts and government offices are temporarily closed or operating for emergency business only; contact the office nearest you for details. You may unfortunately experience delays in getting a response from state or federal government agencies or in the processing of your name or gender marker change requests as a result. For your safety and the safety of others you should not travel to any government office at this time. You should keep dated copies of any materials you submit by mail or electronically. We understand this is a hardship for many, and we encourage you to reach out for support if you are distressed.

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Last updated May 2020

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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 November 2019, Maine residents no longer need certification from a medical provider in order to change the gender on their driver's licenses or state ID cards. Applicants can change the gender marker to M, F, or X (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 requesting that the driver's license or non-driver state ID card read male (M), female (F), or non-binary (X).

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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