Florida Name Change

The rate of discrimination and mistreatment against transgender people is alarming and according to recent studies, this has an impact on the most basic elements of life for transgender people,such as finding a job, having a place to live, accessing medical care, and enjoying the support of family and community. (1)

For example:

  • 90% of transgender people experience harassment, discrimination, and mistreatment at work (2)
  • 29% of the transgender population lives in poverty (compared to the poverty rate among the U.S.population of 14%) (3)
  • The unemployment rate among the transgender population is 15%, three times the national rate of 5% (4)

Having identification documents (IDs) that don’t reflect a transgender person’s preferred name and gender can exacerbate these problems.  In the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, 32% of respondents who have shown an ID with a name or gender that did not match their gender presentation were verbally harassed, denied benefits or service, asked to leave, or assaulted. (5)

Unfortunately, 68% of transgender people report that none of their IDs had the name and gender they preferred.  The cost of changing IDs was one of the main barriers respondents faced, with 35% of those who have not changed their legal name on their IDs reporting that it was because they could not afford it. (6)  And in Florida, the cost barrier may be even worse, as it appears that its petition filing fee of $400 (slight variances by county) is one of the highest in the country.

Florida Name Change is a comprehensive TurboTax(R) like tool, that allows all Floridians to easily navigate the processes and forms necessary to change both their name and gender marker.

This was a daunting task at the outset, as each of Florida’s 67 counties have slightly different requirements to petition the court for a name change. With the help of law school students from the University of Florida, we researched the name change petition process for all 67 counties and developed the specific steps and automated forms for each county.

And we’re not done! Future updates include:

  • Develop a full Spanish version of the website
  • Develop automated forms of the Medical Certification of Appropriate Clinical Treatment, so that doctors have a straightforward path to providing the correct paperwork to their transgender clients.
  • Develop specific information for advocates to use when helping transgender people through the name and gender marker change process.

Want to know more?  Visit FloridaNameChange.org.


Related Documents

(1, 3, 4, 5) James, S. E., Herman, J. L., Rankin, S., Keisling, M., Mottet, L., & Anafi, M. (2016). Executive Summary of the Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. Washington, DC: National Center for Transgender Equality.

(2) Grant, Jaime M., Lisa A. Mottet, Justin Tanis, Jack Harrison, Jody L. Herman, and Mara Keisling. Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. Washington: National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 2011.

New Website Offers Name Change Assistance to Transgender Community, March 5, 2018 Press Release

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