Legal Name Changes
The Colorado statutes governing name changes can be found at C.R.S. § 13-15-101 et. seq. Colorado uses form pleadings. The official pleadings issued by the Colorado Judicial Branch are available here.
For more information about how to change your name, what to do after your name change, and to get sample pleadings you can visit the Colorado Name Change Project.
Gender Marker Change for Colorado ID
The DMV allows Coloradans to amend the gender marker on their ID or driver’s license with form DR-2083. Take this form to your licensed Colorado physician and they will attest to your gender identity and full time gender expression, or completion of medical sex reassignment. Medical sex reassignment is not necessary to change your gender marker on your ID. Note that this form may only be completed by a Colorado licensed physician. Currently that does not include physicians licensed in another state or mental health professionals licensed in any state.
Note: changing your gender marker with the DMV on your ID does not change your gender marker on your birth certificate. You do not have to amend your birth certificate before you can amend the gender on your ID or driver’s license.
UPDATE – Third Gender Marker on Colorado IDs
The Colorado Department of Revenue has announced it is engaging in emergency rulemaking that will allow the DMV to issue IDs and driver licenses with an ‘X’ sex identifier for Coloradans who identify as neither male nor female. The Department has issued a press release and FAQ giving more information about the policy change.
Gender Marker Change for Colorado Birth Certificate
In Colorado, you must get a court order changing your gender before the Colorado Department of Health and the Environment (CDPHE) will amend the gender marker on your birth certificate.
Gender Marker Change for US Passport
If it is easier to change your gender marker on a US passport than to amend your Colorado birth certificate, you may want to get a passport that reflects your correct gender. A passport is an all-in-one identity and lawful presence document. That means if you have an unexpired passport, you can show that to employers as proof of your identity and eligibility to work in the United States. It also works for travel and all other transactions where you need to demonstrate your age, identity, or citizenship. Passports are valid for ten years for most people, whereas no state ID or driver’s license may be issued for more than eight years.
For more information, check with the US Department of State.
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