Florida Name and Gender Marker Change

These instructions are catered towards Escambia County residents, but the forms should be comparable to other counties. To assist our neighbors, we’ve included links to surrounding counties. Please note that this article does not constitute as legal advice. We at the Trans Offices of Transacola are not lawyers. If you choose to utilize information found herein, you do so as a self-represented litigant.

Step 1: Fingerprints
Step 2: Forms
Step 3: File
Step 4: Gendermarker Letter
Step 5: Update Agencies

Finger Prints

You can go to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at 1700 West Leonard Street, Pensacola, Florida 32501. You’ll check into the front desk of the Main Administrative Building. They’ll take your fingerprints for $5 (with a $4 convenience fee if paying with card) and give you a copy of your fingerprint card.

You’ll then go online to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Civil Applicant Payment Center (CAPS) and enter the TCN# at the top left of your fingerprint card and then pay $37.25 for the department to run your fingerprints. This usually takes 2-3 weeks (they won’t run your fingerprints if you don’t follow the steps on the CAPS website though).

(If you live in a different county, be sure to visit your local Sheriff’s Office).

Note: You technically should be able to get your fingerprints done anywhere LiveScan fingerprinting services are done. Just ensure that the electronic fingerprinting method is approved by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI for state and national background checks, and let them know to use the ORI#: FL923670Z so that it gets submitted to the Escambia County Clerk of Courts.

Forms

Auto-Fill Forms

floridanamechange.org will walk you through the entire process of changing your name and gender marker in the state of Florida, complete with all the fill-in-the-blank forms you’ll need. Alternatively, below are all the individual forms you will need.

Blank Florida Name Change Forms:

If you’d rather print and fill out your forms yourself, here are the name change forms listed on the Escambia Clerk of Court website:

  1. Cover Sheet for Family Court Cases 12.928 (PDF)
    2. Petition for Change of Name Adult 12.982(a) (PDF)
    3. Notice of Related Case Form 12.900(h) (PDF)
    4. Designation of Current Mailing and Email Address 12.915 (PDF)
    5. Request Hearing or Trial Escambia (PDF)

If the applicant seeking a name change is a minor, you’ll use the following forms instead of the Petition for Change of Name Adult 12.982(a) form. The rest of the forms are the same.

  1. Petition for Change of Name Children 12.982(c) (PDF)
  2. Consent for Change of Name Children 12.982(d) (PDF)

If you live outside of Escambia County, here are the Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Clerk of Courts documents, which are identical to Escambia’s documents, except that Santa Rosa includes an optional Waiver of Personal Appearance on Final Judgment for Change of Name form that the other counties don’t appear to offer.

Indigent Status Form:

If approved, this financial form may waive filing fees for your name change process: Application for Determination of Civil Indigent Status

“Indigent” is a fancy way of saying “I’m too poor to afford all these fees, please waive them.” You’ll have to include your employment/income information and any assets and debts you may have. It’s a short document (you only have to fill out one page) so you may as well give it a shot.

How to File

Once your forms are all filled out and your fingerprints have been taken and submitted, you can drop them off at the Escambia Clerk of Courts, or you can file online at the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal. The filing fee is $400 (with a convenience fee of $14 if you pay with card).

If e-filing, click “File Now” and then register for an account using the role “Self-Represented Litigant”. Just ensure that anything needing to be notarized (Petition for Name Change and Designation of Current Mailing and E-Mail Address forms) are notarized prior to scanning them in (notary services are usually $10 per form).

Don’t submit the Request Hearing or Trial form until all your other forms are turned in and you’ve given at least 2 weeks for the background check to complete (although if you accidentally file that form before everything is ready, the clerk will just email you to inform you that they’re still waiting on paperwork from you, so it’s no big deal).

Note: If filing Indigent Status online, submit all your other documents first. Before it takes you to the payment screen, it’ll ask if you wish to file indigent or if you intend to pay the full filing fees now.

Florida Gender Marker Change Requirements

To change your gender marker on your Florida ID, Social Security Card, and Birth Certificate, you need a letter from your physician with:

  • Provider’s full name
  • Provider’s license or certificate number
  • Issuing state medical license or certificate
  • DEA registration number assigned to physician
  • A statement that the patient has had appropriate clinical treatment (the treatment in question does not need to be specified and surgery is no longer a requirement) for gender transition to the new gender of (male or female)
  • A statement that the physician has either treated the individual in relation to the individual’s change in gender or has reviewed and evaluated the medical history of the individual in relation to the individual’s change in gender
  • A statement that the doctor has a doctor/patient relationship with the individual; and
  • Language stating “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the forgoing is true and correct.”​

Here’s a sample letter that has worked for people.

Update State and Federal Agencies

  1. Social Security

Head to your Social Security Office (here’s there application if you want to get started before you get there) with your:

  • Court order for name change
  • Gender Marker Change letter signed by your physician
  • A form of ID

2. Driver’s License

Next, head to your local tax collectors office with all of the above, plus $25 for a replacement license and:

  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of identification
  • Proof of address

3. Birth Certificate

Next, mail the following to:

Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics
ATTN: Amendment Section
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

Office of Vital Statistics, P. O. Box 210, Jacksonville, Florida 32231-0042, ATTN:
Correction Unit

That’s It!

You’ve done all the things!