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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - Gender Marker Change

This article answers frequently asked questions about gender marker change in Texas.  

What is gender marker change?

Gender marker change is when state and government agencies change the gender marker (sex identifier) on official documents (such as a birth certificate or driver’s license).

Gender marker change can help individuals change their listed sex on official documents when:

  • The gender marker is incorrectly listed on official documents, or
  • The individual has transitioned to a different sex than is listed on his or her official documents.

Where can I find information about gender marker change?

How do I start a gender marker change case?

File a Petition to Change the Sex and Gender Identification of an Adult.

Note: TexasLawHelp.org does not provide gender marker change forms. Talk with a lawyer familiar with LGBTQ law for help starting a gender marker change case.

Can I hire a lawyer just to give me advice?

YES! You can hire a lawyer familiar with LGBTQ law just to give you advice, provide you forms, review your forms, or help you prepare for the gender marker change hearing. You may then be able to handle the other parts of your gender marker change case yourself. Hiring a lawyer for a limited purpose is called “limited scope representation.” 

Tip: Contact the Lawyer Referral Service in Central Texas for help finding an LGBTQ lawyer experienced in gender marker change cases.