Changing your name and gender on your driver’s licence, passport and other legal documentation is often one of the most liberating steps that a trans* person can take towards living authentically in the community. This process can often be confronting for many people and this need not be the case. Below we have outlined the processes involved in changing your identity documentation.

 

Changing Your name.

To change your name is a relatively simple process and the Department of Internal Affairs has done a fantastic job on their website outlining the process.

There is also the not so small matter of the $170 you’ll need to pay to change your name. This is often confused with changing your gender on your birth certificate which is free. 

One of the most confronting aspects of changing your name is the statutory declaration that you need to make. You will need to see a Justice of the Peace to do this. They will also need to verify copies of your current identity documents that you will need to submit with your application. This can normally be done at your local Citizens Advice Bureau. If you have any questions or need someone to support you through the process please contact us to see how Gender Dynamix can help.

Note: You are not able to change your name without the consent of a parent or guardian if you are under the age of 18

 

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