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New Mexico

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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New Mexico Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in New Mexico, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. Before filing the petition, the applicant must publish notice of the petition at least once a week for two weeks; the publication requirement can be waived for the applicant’s safety. (N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 40-8-1 to 40-8-3).


To help guide applicants through the process a New Mexico Name and Gender Change Guide is available in English and Spanish, brought to you by the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Cooley LLP.


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

New Mexico Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update name and/or gender on a New Mexico ID, the applicant must submit (1) a court order certifying the name change and/or (2) a form signed by a licensed provider certifying the applicant's gender identity.

New Mexico Birth Certificate Laws

Per SB 20 signed in March 2019, New Mexico will soon start issuing birth certificates with a designation of male, female, or X upon request of the individual or their parent or guardian, no medical documentation required. As soon as the process is updated we will update this website.

Currently New Mexico Department of Vital Records will issue an amended birth certificate upon receipt of "a statement signed under penalty of perjury by the person in charge of an institution or from the attending physician indicating that the sex of an individual born in this state has been changed by surgical procedure, together with a certified copy of an order changing the name of the person."  NM Stat. §§ 24-14-25. To apply for an amended birth certificate the applicant should submit a birth certificate request form, a certified copy of the court ordered name change, a signed statement from the physician or facility stating the individual has completed surgical procedures for sex reassignment, and any applicable fees.

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