TABLE OF CONTENTS
- For state IDs and driver licenses
- For social security records
- For passports
- For credit and debit cards
- For health insurance
- About gender markers in Plume patient records
Our name and/or gender shows up on many different documents and pieces of identification: driver's licenses, passports, credit cards, social security cards, birth certificates, health insurance, etc. When it comes to updating your documents to reflect the correct name and gender, there are is no one stop shop. Everything must be updated individually since no agency communicates with each other if you were to update your information with them.
As you begin your process of updating your documents, it can be helpful to gather your current identity documents as you will likely need them as you are updating your documents. Some things to gather can include:
- your current birth certificate
- your current social security card
- your current passport
- your current state ID
For state IDs and driver licenses
As a transgender person, updating your documents varies from state-to-state. Some states have certain requirements that others do not. We recommend checking these resources for navigating the process for gender marker and name change in your state.
- Trans Equality (national database)
- Transgender Law Center (national database)
- Solace, an app that focuses on gender affirmation and includes state-by-state guides for the name/gender marker change process.
- Search for "Name/gender marker clinics in [YOUR STATE]". Sometimes local non-profits, law schools, legal clinics, and other groups will host virtual or in-person events that assists anyone interested in updating their name and gender marker.
- Ask your local legal aid society for assistance in processing paperwork
For social security records
To update your social security records, you will first need to obtain an official court-ordered name and gender change. Under current U.S. policy, a transgender person can change their gender on their social security records by submitting proof of their gender marker change (either government-issued documentation reflecting a change, or a certification from a physician confirming that they have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition). To change your name on your card, you must show social security documents proving your legal name change and identity.
Acceptable forms of "proof" include:
If you use a physician letter, it must come from a licensed physician with whom you have a patient relationship and who is familiar with your transition-related treatment. This may be your Plume provider or any physician who is familiar with your treatment, including a primary care physician or a specialist. Learn more about how to get a letter of support here.
Medical documentation is no longer required to update your U.S. passport. You can select the gender marker you want printed on your passport, and your selection does NOT need to match the gender on your supporting documentation (birth certificate, previous passport, or state ID). Beginning in 2023, individuals will be able to select X as a gender marker on U.S. passports. For more information, click here.
For credit and debit cards
Contact your individual financial institution on how to update the information on your debit/credit card accounts. You will likely need a copy of your updated photo ID and any court documents related to your legal name/gender change. Once they have received proof of your updated information, they will send you new cards reflecting this change.
For health insurance
To update the name and gender on your health insurance, you will want to contact both your individual health insurance agency and your employer's Human Resources department if your insurance is sponsored through your job. It is important to have your health insurance information match your state ID information to ensure no delays in care. For example, if the gender marker a provider uses on a prescription order is different from the gender marker on your insurance card, it can cause a delay in getting your medication because your insurance company will not identify you as the correct person due to the mismatched information.