Name and Gender Marker Changes

Changing names and documents is a sometimes difficult task for transgender individuals. Equality Illinois has designed a tool kit to take you through the process of changing one’s name and obtaining a new birth certificate, driver’s license, Social Security card, and passport as well as to provide information regarding your obligation for registering with the United States Selective Service Administration, including the forms you may need and the government offices to contact.

You can read and download the Equality Illinois booklet “Guide to Name and Gender Marker Changes” here.

Even with the tool kit, working through the maze of county, state and federal government offices, their forms and the fees can be a challenge. The Gender Marker and Name Change Project, a pro bono clinic at The John Marshall Law School, created in cooperation with Equality Illinois and assisted by the Seyfarth Shaw law firm, provides free, confidential legal services for name and gender maker changes by appointment for all Illinoisans. Call the clinic at 312-427-2737, ext. 477 to make an appointment. The office line is staffed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.