The Transgender Center

                    of San Diego

NAME AND GENDER CHANGE

Take a deep breath and read carefully. We know this is a stressful obstacle to overcome. We've all been there too.

  • Step 1:  Fill out the first form

    First, you must fill out the form “NCC-200” (AKA “Petition to Change Name and Gender”). You can find this form here or you can pick it up at your nearest courthouse.

  • Step 2: Fill out the second form

    Second, you must fill out the form “NCC-110” (AKA “Attachment to Petition for Change of Name”). You can find this form here or you can pick it up at your nearest courthouse.

  • Step 3: Fill out the third form

    Third, you must fill out the form “NCC-220” (AKA “Order to Show Cause for Change of Name”). You can find this form here or you can pick it up at your nearest courthouse.

  • Step 4: Fill out the fourth form

    You may or may not need to fill out the form “CM-010” (AKA “Civil Case Cover Sheet”). You can find this form here or you can pick it up at your nearest courthouse.

  • Step 5: Have your doctor fill out this form

    Next you will have to take the form “NCC-210” (AKA “Declaration of Physician – Attachment to Petition”) to a licensed physician. This can be your general doctor, endocrinologist, clinic physician, etc. so long as they are a licensed physician. Have them fill out and sign the form. You can find this form here or you can pick it up at your nearest courthouse.

  • Step 6: Make copies

    Make sure you make copies of all your forms for your personal records. Keep them separate from the originals. They will be the ones you will file with the courts.

  • Step 7: File your forms

    Gather together all of the forms mentioned above and have them filed at the courthouse closest to your listed residence. You may be asked to pay a fee. If you are not able to afford it, request a fee waiver and fill it out.

  • Step 8: Go to your court date

    Be sure to take the copies of all your forms you made with you as well as the form “NCC-230” (AKA “Decree Changing Name and Gender”). If the judge approves your change of name and gender they will sign NCC-230 and you will then use that form to change your state ID, driver’s license, passport, social security, bank account, etc.

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For more in depth information see the California Courts guide and the Transgender Law Center's guide.