If you need support throughout this process, Identity Health Clinic offers a Legal Support Group. Please reach out to the clinic at frontdesk@identityinc.org or 907-865-3247 for more information.

Amending ID Documents

Step 1: Request a Name & Gender Change

  1. Forms: the two forms you are REQUIRED to fill out in order to legally change your name: a petition for name change and a report for name change (type or use black / blue ink when filling out these documents). 
    • Situational forms:
      • exemption of payment fees here – without this exemption it costs $150 to file the change of name request
      • Waive the publication of name change (for personal safety) here – without this your name will likely be published in a newspaper or online.
  2. Locate the probate court of the county you live in here. If you live in Anchorage, the address is 825 West 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.
  3. Take the two required forms, $150.00, and either – or both – of the other two documents that may be relevant to your situation to file at your local court. 
  4. After you have filed at the local court office, you will then receive a letter in the mail that will include a confirmation and date of your court hearing (which will be at least 40 days after the time you filed the documents) 
    • While waiting for your court date, begin the process of getting a doctor to sign this form, if you are changing your name AND updating the gender marker on your Driver’s License. 
  5. Court hearing: this should be relatively short; they want to make sure you aren’t changing your name to avoid debt or defraud anyone.   
  6. After the judge approves your name and/or gender marker change the court will give you two copies of the certificate that proves you legally changed your name and/or gender. It is recommended you pay to get two or three extra copies in order to update other official documents like SSN or DL.
  7. You have 30 days after you receive a legal name change to update your license. 

**Detailed instructions for this process can be found here and if you are a guardian of child needing to correct name & gender marker,  specific instructions for child’s name change here

Step 2: Update Your Social Security Card

  1. Find your local Social Security office here and make an appointment (Anchorage’s is: Room A11 222 W 8th Ave Anchorage AK 99513)
  2. Fill out the application for a Social Security card 
    • When completing the form SS-5, list your new court-ordered name.
  3. In order to correct your SSN’s gender marker bring one of the following:
    • A signed letter from a doctor on letterhead showing appropriate clinical treatment – the doctor must use this template 
    • A valid 10-year passport showing your updated gender: instructions on how to update the gender marker on your passport here 
    • A birth certificate showing your updated gender: instructions for Alaska birth certificate laws here (scroll down the page to find “Alaska birth certificate laws”)
    • A court order recognizing a change of gender 
  4. In order to correct your name, bring one of the certified copies of your name change
    • All documents you submit must be either originals or copies certified
      by the issuing agency. The SSA won’t accept photocopies or notarized
      copies of documents.
  5. If not born in US bring proof of immigration status 
  6. Bring all relevant documents to the closest social security office. 

Step 3: Update Driver's License / State ID

  1. Schedule an in person appointment at your local DMV here
  2. Print, fill out, and bring an application for a new DL (these should also be available to fill out in person at the DMV office) 
  3. To update your name, bring one of the certified copies of your name change.
    • Submitted documents must be an original certified copy. Photocopies and fax copies are not acceptable. 
  4. To correct the gender marker on your ID, fill out this “certification for change of sex marker on government ID” form. This form must be signed by one of the following:
    • physician in medicine or osteopathy
    • social worker
    • psychologist
    • professional counselor
    • physician assistant
    • advanced nurse practitioner
  5. Bring a new driver’s license application, a certified name change document, the form signed by an official, and the $20.00 renewal fee.

Step 4: Update Passport / Birth Certificate

Passport:

  1. Find the closest location to correct your gender / name markers on your passport in person here
  2. Instructions for updating gender marker on passport

 

Birth Certificate:

*This is more complicated than updating your passport and often your passport can be used in place of a birth certificate; it’s not necessary to update both.

  1. Fill out an Alaska birth certificate request form 
  2. To correct a birth certificate’s gender marker, obtain a letter from a medical or mental health provider attesting to appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition. 
  3. To update the name, bring a certified copy of the Decree of Name Change
  4. To update the gender marker, a letter from a medical or mental health provider (use this gender change letter template) OR a certified copy of a court ordered change of sex
  5. Fee ($60 for the amendment fee and one certified copy)

* Other helpful resources:

  1. A checklist for the process of correcting name & gender marker on official documents
  2. A guide to Alaska specific procedures
  3. Updating ID info support & resource page 
  4. Financial resources for changing IDs