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Welcome to our one-stop hub for name and gender change information. Find out how to get a legal name change where you live and update your name/gender on state and federal IDs and records.

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Last updated April 2019

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Mississippi Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in Mississippi, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. No publication is required. (Miss. Code. Ann. §§ 93-17-1 to 93-17-31).

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

Mississippi Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update the name and/or gender on a Mississippi ID, the applicant must submit in person documents demonstrating the name and/or gender change, such as a birth certificate or court order. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety addresses name change here.

Mississippi Birth Certificate Laws

Mississippi will issue an amended birth certificate upon receipt of "a certified court order, a medical statement that attests to the reassignment, and the required fee." Miss. Admin. Code 15-5-85:3.21. Mississippi Vital Records will issue an amended birth certificate with the legally updated name and sex as a "marginal notation", meaning the birth certificate will show both names and both genders. To apply for an updated birth certificate the applicant should submit the court ordered name change, the court ordered gender change, the medical statement and the applicable fee to Mississippi Vital Records, 222 Marketridge Dr. Ridgeland, MS 39157. 

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