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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. 

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

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Last updated November 2019

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Nebraska Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in Nebraska, an applicant must submit a petition to the court and show reasonable cause for the name change. Applicants over the age of 19 must publish notice once a week for four weeks; applicants under the age of 19 must publish notice once a week for two weeks. (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 25-21,271 to 25-21,273)

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

Nebraska Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update name and/or gender on a Nebraska ID, the applicant must submit (1) a State ID Card Data Form(2) a court order certifying the name change, if applicable and/or (3) a form signed by a licensed physician certifying that the applicant has undergone the necessary sex reassignment procedures required for social gender recognition. The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles addresses name change here. Applicants must notify the DMV of a legal name change within 60 days of the name change.

Nebraska Birth Certificate Laws

Nebraska will issue a new birth certificate "upon receipt of a notarized affidavit from the physician that performed sex reassignment surgery on an individual born in this state and a certified copy of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction changing the name of such person." The record will be sealed and can only be accessed by a court order.  NE Code § 71-604.01.

To apply for an updated birth certificate, the applicant should submit to the Vital Records Office the following:

  • An Application for Amendment, with your notarized signature
  • A Physician's Affidavit, stating they performed gender reassignment surgery and the date the surgery took place, with the physician's notarized signature
  • A copy of your current ID
  • A check with the applicable fees

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