Name Or Gender Change
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This category concerns options and process of changing one's name or gender assignment.
This resource explains the name change process for minor children in Louisiana. To legally change a minor's name, the parent or legal guardian must submit a petition to the court. The petition must include the minor's current name, the proposed name, the reason for the name change, the consent of everyone with legal custody of the minor, and proof of the minor's date of birth. Once the petition is approved, the court will issue an order for a name change.
Lagniappe Law Lab has created this guide to assist individuals without an attorney who wish to update their name and/or gender marker on their Louisiana (LA) birth certificate. This resource is informational and is not legal advice. Always consult with an attorney about your questions in your particular situation.
If you are a legal adult (18 years+) in Louisiana, this guide provides basic information on how to change your name in court. When a name change is possible, the process is relatively simple and can be managed without the help of a lawyer. This guide is intended to provide support to those seeking to complete a name change without legal representation.
Not sure what to do if you want to change your name or gender marker? Do you have legal documents you would like to update with your legal name and/or gender marker? Try the Name and Gender Marker Change Navigator. Answer a few questions about yourself and your situation to get customized legal information, local court forms, referrals to legal aid, and more. Available for information about the legal name change process, whether you qualify to get a name change court order, and changing legal documents with your name and/or gender including your birth certificate, Social Security Administration, Driver's License/ID, U.S. Passport, Military/Veteran Records, Immigration, Health Insurance Documents, Other (Banks, Credit Cards, Employer, etc.)
This page provides basic information on obtaining and submitting a statement from your physician to change the gender marker on legal documents. Depending on which document you are updating, the process is relatively simple and usually can be managed without the help of a lawyer. This guide is intended to provide support to people helping themselves. This resource is informational and is not legal advice. Always consult with an attorney about your particular situation.