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Find State Benefits

Need more help? Find out if you may be eligible for Louisiana government benefits with this Benefit Navigator.

How to Order Louisiana Birth Records

Louisiana is a "closed record" state. This means that birth and death certificates are not public records. All requests for birth or death certificates must include proper identification, appropriate fees, and a completed application.

Issue Guide: Updating Your Birth Certificate

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.

Issue Guide: Updating Your Gender Marker

Find out how to update your gender marker on state and federal identification and records.

Issue Guide: Updating Your Immigration Documents

This guide provides basic information about how to update your immigration documents. 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 update the name and/or gender marker on any immigration document without legal representation.

Issue Guide: Updating Your Legal Name

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.

Issue Guide: Updating Your Military/Veteran Records

This guide provides basic information about how to update your military/veteran records. 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 update the name and/or gender marker on any military/veteran records without legal representation.

Issue Guide: Updating Your Social Security Information

This guide provides basic information about how to update name and/or gender marker your social security card with the Social Security Administration (SSA). In the circumstances where updating your social security card is possible, 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.

Issue Guide: Updating Your State ID or Driver's License

This guide provides basic information about how to update your name and/or gender marker on your driver's license or identification (ID) with the Louisiana DMV. In the circumstances where updating your driver's license is possible, the process is relatively simple and usually can managed without the help of a lawyer. This guide is intended to provide support to people helping themselves.

Issue Guide: Updating Your U.S. Passport

This guide provides basic information about how to update your name and/or gender marker on your U.S. passport. If you are eligible for a U.S. passport update, 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 a U.S. passport update without legal representation.

Legal Process Guide: Gender Marker Court Order

This resource provides step-by-step instructions to ask the court to legally order an update to your gender marker on your Louisiana birth certificate.

Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV)

Driver Services including Driver's License Status, Installment Plan, Driver's License Renewal, CDL Medical Status Inquiry, Duplicate License/ID Card, Self-Certification Inquiry, Official Driving Record. Vehicle services including vehicle registration renewal, duplicate vehicle registration, cancel plate, lease termination, mobile home immobilization, vehicle transfer, title verification.

Name and Gender Marker Change Legal Navigator

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.)

Name Change in Louisiana for Minor(s)

This resource explains the name change process for minor(s).

Physician's Certification Letter

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.

Replacing Vital Records and Personal Documents After a Disaster

This resource can help you figure out how to replace important documents after a natural disaster.

Understanding a Violent Felony Charge

This guide provides basic information to help you determine if your felony charge is a crime of violence, also called a violent felony.

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