Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - Gender Marker Change
This article answers frequently asked questions about gender marker change in Texas.
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.
- For information on what you will need to change your driver’s license or identification card, read: http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/changes.htm#gender
- Note: Changing your driver’s license or identification card requires either a certified court order or an amended birth certificate. Talk with an LGBTQ lawyer if you have questions or need advice.
- For information on what you will need to change your birth certificate, read: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/vs/reqproc/amendment.shtm
- Note: Changing your birth certificate requires an affidavit by medical attendant or an affidavit and one acceptable document (such as a hospital record from birth or an elementary school record) listed on the VS-170 form. A certified court order is required if the change is a result of a transition surgery. Talk with an LGBTQ lawyer if you have questions or need advice.
- For detailed information and forms for gender marker change in Travis County:
Contact the Travis County Law Library & Self-Help Center:
Address: 314 West 11th Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: 512-854-8677
Read Gender Identifier Change:
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.