In order to update the legal name on a North Carolina ID, the applicant must obtain a court order for name change, and must update their name with the Social Security Administration at least 36 hours before going to the DMV. Then the applicant should visit a driver's license office with the legal name change order. The North Carolina Department of Transportation website has additional information on name changes.
In order to update the gender marker on a North Carolina ID, the applicant may submit any ONE of the following:
- A Gender Designation Form, signed by the applicant and by one of the following licensed professionals: physician, psychiatrist, physician's assistant, licensed therapist, counselor, psychologist, case worker, or social worker
- A passport or birth certificate with the proper gender marker
- A court order recognizing the gender
Applicants should submit the form to a driver's license office and will have to surrender the old ID, have a new photo taken at DMV, and pay the fees for a driver’s license. Applicants can update their name and gender at the same time or separately. For more information on the North Carolina DMV gender change policy, see these Frequently Asked Questions.