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 May 2018

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Ohio Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in Ohio, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. At least 30 days before the hearing, the applicant must publish notice of the hearing in a newspaper, though publication requirements can be waived for the applicant’s personal safety. Depending on the nature of the offense, applicants with prior criminal convictions may not be eligible for a name change.  (Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2717.01).

Ohio Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update the name and/or gender on an Ohio ID, anapplicant must submit:

  1. If changing the name, a court order certifying the name change
  2. If changing the gender marker, a Declaration of Gender Change form signed by a physician or psychologist/licensed therapist certifying the applicant's gender identity

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles addresses name change here.

Ohio Birth Certificate Laws

Ohio statute does not provide any guidance on updating the gender marker on a birth certificate. Currently, the Ohio Department of Health is refusing to issue birth certificates with updated gender markers, even when presented with a court order for gender change. 

In the past, the Ohio Department of Health was issuing updated birth certificates when presented with a court ordered gender change from another state. Generally speaking individuals have not been able to get a court order of gender change from an Ohio court, due to an old Ohio court decision stating that courts do not have the authority to issue such orders. To apply for an amended birth certificate applicants can submit the completed application for birth certificate, the court order ordering the change of sex (and name if applicable), and the associated fee to purchase the certificate.

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