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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 April 2019

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Alabama Name Change Laws

To obtain a legal name change in Alabama, an applicant must submit a petition to the probate court for a name change order. For adults, no publication is required (Statute: Ala. Code §12-13-1). Forms for name change differ among the various counties, and petitioners are required to petition in the county in which they reside.  Accordingly, a petitioner should contact the probate court of their home county for specific forms.  If none, use the generic state Request to Change Name petition for an adult name change. 

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

Alabama Drivers License Policy & Procedures

In order to update the name on an Alabama ID, the applicant must first change their name with the Social Security Administration and then submit the court order for name change to a Driver License Office. The Alabama Department of Public Safety addresses name changes here.

In order to update the gender  on an Alabama ID, the applicant must submit an amended birth certificate OR documentation signed by a surgeon verifying that the applicant has completed gender reassignment surgery. 

To submit documentation in person, go to a Driver License Examining District Office.

To submit documentation by mail, contact the Medical Unit of the Driver License Agency at 334-242-4777 for review and advance approval, and they can advise what to submit and by what method to submit it.

Alabama Birth Certificate Laws

Alabama will amend the gender marker on a  birth certificate upon receipt of a certified copy of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction indicating that the "sex… has been changed by surgical procedure and that the name of the individual has been changed." An amended birth certificate is issued and the original birth certificate is not sealed. (Alabama Code § 22-9A-19, 22-9A-21). To apply for an amended birth certificate the applicant should submit a request to amend birth certificate, the certified court order directing amendment of the birth certificate, a copy of their government issued photo ID, and any applicable fees to Vital Records. The request to amend a birth certificate can be found here.

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