© 2019 By Ysandril Morrigan, Ph.D., LMT

Legal Name Change Process - State of Iowa

To obtain a legal name change in Iowa, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. Subject to the court's discretion, the applicant may need to publish the petition docket information once in a daily newspaper in that county. (Iowa Code Ann. § 618.13 & §§ 674.1-674.14). (Source: here)

I am not an attorney, lawyer, or legal advisor.  All the information provided is AS-IS and an opinion or repeated information from another source.  DISCLAIMER PROVIDED.  

The link in the "here" source however does not spell out what I'm about to make this far more easier (in my opinion of course >.>)

First, you must get legal documents from a medical provider stipulating that you have had some form of medical procedure, process or whatnot to justify the name change and gender change.  For me, that is HRT.  Another reason why I chose to be on HRT because this allowed me to change my name.

Then you file with the court to change your name.  You must then get a hearing scheduled.  The judge asks you a series of questions about you not changing your name for anything fradulent.  Then provides you with the court order stating you changed your name from X to X.

To get a hearing scheduled you call the county clerk where you reside or you can e-file it.  I chose to use the e-file system because I was familiar with it having used it for my divorce.

The link for e-file is:  here

**In the state of Iowa, the cost for legal name change is $185--- you can ask the judge to waive it based on your income if you qualify.**

**MAKE SURE TO GET A CERTIFIED COPY OF THE COURT ORDER - THE COURT ORDER ITSELF IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR ANY FEDERAL AGENCY, LIKE THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION WHICH YOU MUST ALSO UPDATE -- THIS COST ME $20 FOR POLK COUNTY, IOWA**

But wait, there's more (etc.):

The court order itself does NOT change your gender marker on your driver's license.  You must provide the certified copy of the court order, along with the legal documentation from your medical provider to the DMV office for them to change your gender marker on your driver's license.

The same must be provided to the social security administration.  You MUST have the certified copy of the court order in order to update your social security information.  They will NOT accept the general court order the judge gave you after your hearing.  You have to pay the money for the notarized copy or you're wasting your time at the SSA.

**KEEP ALL YOUR FILES WITH YOU AND SAFE.  You may be required to update banking, credit or other company information with this legal documentation in order to continue living/paying, etc. with your new legal name**

Good luck!  

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