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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 August 2018

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New Jersey Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in New Jersey, an applicant must submit a petition to the court, including information about any convictions or pending charges. The applicant must publish notice of the petition once at least two weeks before the hearing date. After the judgment is issued, notice must be published in the newspaper and a copy of the judgment must be sent to the State Bureau of Identification. (NJ R SUPER TAX SURR CTS CIV R. 4:72-1 to 4:72-4). The New Jersey Courts provide instructions and forms for the name change process here.

See LeGal and NCTE's Name and Gender Change Guide for Residents of New Jersey for more detailed information on the process.

New Jersey Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update name and/or gender on a New Jersey ID, the applicant must submit:

  • A court order certifying the name change, if requesting a change of name
  • form signed by a licensed provider certifying the applicant's gender identity, if requesting a change of gender marker

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission addresses name changes here.

New Jersey Birth Certificate Laws

Beginning February 1, 2019, New Jersey will issue updated birth certificates reflecting a gender of female, male, or undesignated/non-binary, upon receipt of a signed form from the applicant. No medical documentation will be required. See the 2018 Babs Siperstein Law.

Currently, New Jersey will issue a birth certificate with an updated gender marker upon receipt of "a medical certificate from the person's licensed physician which indicates the sex of the person has been changed by surgical procedure." Stat. Ann. §§ 26:8-40.12. To apply for an amended birth certificate under the current law the applicant should submit:

  • Application to Amend a New Jersey Vital Record, indicating the requested changes.
  • If changing the gender, a Certificate of Sex Reassignment via Surgical Procedure Formor a notarized affidavit, completed by a physician indicating that the individual has undergone surgical procedures to change gender.
  • If changing the name, a certified copy of the court ordered name change.
  • A copy of the original birth certificate.
  • A copy of the identification card of the applicant.
  • A check/money order for the applicable fees payable to Treasurer, State of New Jersey ($25 for the first copy plus $2 for each additional copy).

Send the application to:

New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration
Attn: Vital Record Modification Unit
PO Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370

The amended birth certificate will not be marked as amended and the original will be placed under seal.

 

Court Order for Gender Change
If you are a New Jersey resident but you were born in another state that requires a court order to update a birth certificate, beginning February 1, 2019 the courts in New Jersey have the authority to issue a court order to reflect a change in gender. You will need to submit to the court a statement affirming under penalty of perjury that the request for a declaration of (female, male, or undesignated/non-binary) gender is to conform with your gender identity and not for any fraudulent prupose. See the 2018 Babs Siperstein Law.

 

 

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