Identity Documents

NY State ID Policy

The NY State Department of Motor vehicles, which issues all New York State Driver's Licenses and Non-Driver's ID ("state ID") has a specific policy for changing gender on a a state ID card. This policy is much less burdensome and difficult than other state agencies such as HRA or the Department of Health (which issues Birth Certificates). A letter from a medical professional is required, stating that " one gender predominates over the other," but proof of surgery is NOT required. 

If you go to change your gender on your state ID, bring a copy of the policy, because many locations do not know about it or have never seen it.

Th policy is available here. Read more »

SRLP Publication

Cómo cambiar legalmente su nombre

Una guía para la gente Trans en la ciudad de Nueva York

Instrucciones cómo cambiar legalmente su nombre en Nueva York. Read more »

SRLP Publication

Sus Derechos de Inmigrante

Inmigrantes Trans en Nueva York

El Cambio de Nombre para Inmigrantes en Nueva York • Cambio de Nombre al Punto de Naturalización • Cambio del género y del nombre en documentos de la inmigración • Asilo para Personas Trans • Reconocimiento de la uniónes Trans • Acta de Identificación Real Read more »

SRLP in the Press

Court removes bar to transgender name changes

Associated Press
November 27, 2008

This article also discusses New York State's Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court ruling that transgender people can change their names "at will", without any medical requirements or surgery-regardless of a judge's "confusion".

Stop the Suspensions!

Recently, SRLP joined the NY Coalition for Immigrants' Rights to Drivers' Licenses. This important coalition, consisting of dozens of New York organizations, is opposing new policies designed to suspend the licenses of immigrants in New York State.

Victory: Name Change Court Decision in Matter of Guido

On October 24th, 2003, SRLP received a favorable decision in Matter of Guido, a case where we were fighting for a transgender woman to be allowed to change her name

Letter to Board of Health, October 2006, re: Birth Certificate Policy Change

October 2006 letter in support of the Board of Health and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's intention to amend Article 207 of the New York City Health Code regarding amendments to the gender on birth certificates.

Follow-up Letter About Legal Issues (Birth Certificate Policy)

Follow-up letter sent after meeting with the Bureau of Vital Statistics (February 2003) to discuss the need to change NYC's birth certificate gender change policy.

Initial Letter to Department of Vital Stats

Initial letter sent to the NYC Department of Health in 2002, about changing NYC's birth certificate gender change policy