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If you’re living in Florida and want to change your gender and/or your name on your driver license, make sure to read this information carefully. We at Aceable know transitioning is one of the bravest, most important decisions you’ll ever make. We are so excited for you and this step you’re taking ,and we want to help! Changing your gender on your driver license is a big part of this process and we know it can be a little confusing. That’s why we’ve compiled all the information you need right here as part of our Florida DMV guide!
Previously, Florida residents who wanted to change the gender on their driver license were required to provide documentation that they had undergone sexual reassignment surgery. However, in 2011, the process was changed and the requirements began to follow standards established by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), recognized as the authority in this field by the American Medical Association.
Residents requesting a gender that is different from what currently appears on their driver license must provide a signed original statement on office letterhead from their medical physician. The medical physician can be an internist, endocrinologist, gynecologist, urologist, or psychologist/psychiatrist.
This medical statement must include the following items:
So, to change your driver license gender, that’s all you need! To change your name in addition to your gender, you’ll need to take a few extra steps.
Before you can change your name on your license, you have to first change it on your Social Security Card. You’ll need to report your name change to the Social Security Administration (SSA) before you change it with the Florida DHSMV and the Division of Driver Licenses because the FL DHSMV must be able to verify your Social Security number.
You can change your name with the SSA either in person or by mail. Sadly, you can’t change it online. Ugh. And don’t worry, you won’t have to memorize a new Social Security number; that won’t change.
Whether in person or by mail, you will need the following:
All documents must be originals or certified copies. Visit the SSA website for a complete list of accepted documents.
After you change your name with the SSA, you have 10 (I repeat, 10) days to update it on your Florida driver license. You can only change your name in person. You can not apply for a name change online, by mail, or over the phone.
You will need
All documents must be originals or certified copies. The FL Division of Driver Licenses will issue you a new Florida driver license or identification card.
There you go, friend. That’s all you need to know to go take care of business.
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