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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 ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many courts and government offices have made significant changes to their operating procedures. This may cause delays in the processing of your name or gender marker change requests as a result. Contact your local court or other government offices for more details. 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.

Not sure where to start? Here's a quick overview.

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for the Name Change Program, but you can find information on how to update your legal name in this guide.

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Last updated November 2021

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Michigan Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in Michigan, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. The applicant must publish notice of the petition, but the court may waive the publication requirement for a good cause and seal the court proceedings. Applicants over the age of 22 must provide two sets of fingerprints. Applicants with a criminal record have the burden of proof to rebut a presumption of fraudulent intent. (Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. §§ 711.1-711.3.

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

Michigan Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update name and/or gender on a Michigan ID, the applicant should submit:
 
  • The current ID.
  • To update the gender marker, a signed Sex Designation Form (indicating designation Male or Female).
  • To update the name, proof of name change, after first updating their name with the Social Security Administration.
 
The Michigan Secretary of State addresses name changes here.

Michigan Birth Certificate Laws

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will issue a new birth certificate with corrected name and/or gender upon receipt of an Application to Correct or Change a Michigan Birth Record, a copy of a court ordered change of name, and/or a Sex Designation Form. The applicant will also need to submit a copy of a photo ID.  The fee for correcting or changing a birth record is $50, which includes one copy of the corrected birth certificate. Additional copies are $16 each.  

Mail your application to:

Vital Records Change
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing MI 48909 

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