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 April 2019

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Vermont Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in Vermont, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. No publication is required. Registered sex offenders may not be eligible to change their name unless the court finds a compelling purpose. (Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 15, § 811 to § 817 (West))

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

Vermont Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update the name on a Vermont ID, the applicant must first change their name with the Social Security Administration, then submit a court order certifying the name change. The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles addresses name change here. Applicants must notify the DMV of a legal name change within 30 days of the name change.

In order to update the gender on a Vermont ID, the applicant must submit a written letter from a physician stating that gender change is complete and the date of completion. The statement must include the designated gender of the applicant and must be signed by physician, psychologist or psychiatrist and contain the printed name, address, jurisdiction in which licensed and license number. An additional statement can accompany the letter from a psychologist, physiatrist, or physician stating that applicant is committed to gender change.


Vermont Birth Certificate Laws

Vermont Dept. of Health will issue a new birth certificate "upon receiving a court order that an individual's sexual reassignment has been completed" from the probate division of the superior court. Sufficient evidence for the court order is "an affidavit by a licensed physician who has treated or evaluated the individual stating that the individual has undergone surgical, hormonal, or other treatment appropriate for that individual for the purpose of gender transition... The affidavit shall include the medical license number and signature of the physician." Stat. Ann. 18 V.S.A. § 5112.  The probate court will send both the court order and a copy of the original birth certificate to direct the State Vital Records Office to replace the original birth certificate with a new birth certificate in the state Vital Records, in the birth town, and the residence town (at the time of birth). To receive the new birth certificate, the applicant mails a check for the applicable fee to the town of birth. 

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