Alaska name change for transgender people

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Change of Name for Adults

An adult's name may be returned to a previous name as part of a divorce or dissolution proceeding, otherwise it must be done in a separate Change of Name Case, which you can file using the court packet Adult Change of Name Packet (CIV-698).

Packet consists of the following forms:
Cover Sheet, CIV-698 Adobe Acrobat PDF logo
Instructions for Adult Change of Name, CIV-699 Adobe Acrobat PDF logo
Petition for Change of Name, CIV-700 Adobe Acrobat PDF logo
Application or Report of Change of Name, VS-405 Adobe Acrobat PDF logo

Change of Name for Children

A child's name can be changed as part of an adoption proceeding, otherwise it must be done in a separate Change of Name Case, which you can file using the court packet Child's Change of Name Packet (CIV-692).

Packet consists of the following forms:
Cover Sheet, CIV-692 Adobe Acrobat PDF logo
Instructions for Child's Change of Name, CIV-693 Adobe Acrobat PDF logo
Petition to Change Child's Name, CIV-694 Adobe Acrobat PDF logo
Parental Consent, CIV-695 Adobe Acrobat PDF logo
Application or Report of Change of Name, VS-405 Adobe Acrobat PDF logo

If you object to the child's name being changed, you can file this form:
Objection to Change of Name, CIV-696 Adobe Acrobat PDF logo

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CIV-699 (8/03)(cs) AS 09.55.010
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADULT CHANGE OF NAME
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADULT CHANGE OF NAME
1. Fill out the Petition and the Vital Statistics report form.
Print or type the information, using black ink.
a. Petition for Change of Name (CIV-700).
On the "AT" line at the top of the form, write the city where the court is located.
On the "Petitioner" line, write your current legal name.
Leave the "CASE NO." line blank.
Fill in the rest of the blanks.
You must sign the form in front of a notary public and swear (or affirm) that all
statements in it are true. A court clerk can provide this notary service for you (at
no charge) when you bring the Petition to court. You must bring a photo ID with
you for the notarization.
b. Application or Report of Change of Name (VS-405).
Fill in items 1a though 8c, 12, 13 and “Name At Birth If Different From Item 13.”
2. Make a copy of the Petition for yourself.
3. File the originals of both forms at the nearest superior court filing location (see list on
page 4) and pay the $150 filing fee. If you cannot afford this fee, ask the clerk for form
TF-920, Request for Exemption from Payment of Fees.
4. Order for Hearing. The court clerk will then give or mail to you an Order For Hearing,
Publication and Posting (CIV-701). This order will tell you (1) the date of your court
hearing, (2) which newspaper you must use to publish notice, and (3) whether or not you
must post the notice in addition to publishing it. The hearing date will be at least 40 days
after the date of the Order.
5. Publication of Notice. Take the Order to the newspaper listed in it right away, and tell
the newspaper personnel that you need to publish the "Notice of Petition to Change
Name" (at the bottom of the Order) in the legal notices section of their newspaper once
each week for four consecutive weeks before the date of the court hearing. You will have
to pay the newspaper for this service. Do not delay in doing this. All four publications of
the notice must be completed before the court hearing.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADULT CHANGE OF NAME
6. Affidavit of Publication. After the notice has been published all four times, the
newspaper will give you an "Affidavit of Publication" which will contain a copy of the
published notice and the dates when it was published. File this affidavit with the court
before the court hearing.
7. Posting. If the Order requires you to post the notice, you must make copies of the notice
and post it in the places listed in the Order for the number of days stated in the Order.
After posting is completed, fill out an Affidavit of Posting (court form CIV-702). Note:
The Affidavit must be signed under oath or affirmation in front of a notary public by the
person who did the posting. A court clerk can provide this notary service for you. File the
original Affidavit with the court before the court hearing.
8. Court Hearing. The hearing is usually short and fairly informal. You must tell the judge
why you want to change your name, and assure the judge that you are not seeking to
change your name in order to avoid debts or defraud anyone.
9. Judgment For Change of Name. If the judge finds sufficient reasons for the change and
also finds it consistent with the public interest, the judge will sign a judgment allowing
you to take the new name. However, you cannot begin using the new name yet, because
the judgment will not be effective until the following steps are completed.
10. Publication of Notice of Judgment. The judgment will require you to publish a "Notice
of Judgment" once in a newspaper. After publication, ask the newspaper for an
"Affidavit of Publication" and file this Affidavit with the court.
11. Posting of Notice of Judgment. If the judgment also requires you to post it, follow the
judgment's instructions for posting. After posting is completed, fill out an Affidavit of
Posting (court form CIV-702) and file it with the court.
12. Certificate of Name Change. After you file proof of publication (and any required
posting), the clerk will issue a Certificate of Name Change (CIV-705). You can begin
using your new name on the date stated in the certificate. This date will be at least 30
days after the judgment was distributed. The clerk will give you two copies of the
Certificate. One will be a free certified copy. If you need additional certified copies,
there will be a charge for them. Administrative Rule 9(e)(2).
Records to Change
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADULT CHANGE OF NAME
After changing your name, there are several records you will need to change too. Among them
are the following:
1. Social Security. To avoid tax problems and help assure proper employment credit, you
should notify the Social Security Administration of your name change. Toll free
telephone number: 1-800-772-1213.
2. Division of Motor Vehicles. If you have an Alaska driver's license or you own a vehicle
registered in Alaska, you must send written notice of your name change to the Division of
Motor Vehicles within 30 days.1 To get a new driver's license or Alaska Identification
card, you will need to go to a DMV office and present a certified copy of the Certificate
of Name Change.
3. Vital Statistics. If you want a new birth certificate, contact the Vital Statistics office of
the state in which you were born and pay their required fee.
4. Other Records. You may also need to change your name on such other records as bank
accounts, insurance policies, the Alaska PFD Division, etc.
Statutes and Rules
The Alaska Statutes and Alaska Court Rules about name changes are:
• Civil Rule 84, which establishes the procedure for changing names.
• Alaska Statute 09.55.010, which gives the superior court the power to hear these cases
and sets the standard the court must use in deciding whether to grant a name change.
• Alaska Statute 25.24.165, which describes the procedure for changing a person's name in
a divorce or dissolution of marriage. Also see AS 25.24.230(f) concerning dissolutions.
You can find the rules and statutes at all state courts, court law libraries, and many city libraries.
The court rules are also on the court system's website: www.state.ak.us/courts/rules.htm
The statutes are on the legislature's website: www.legis.state.ak.us/folhome.htm
1 AS 28.05.071 and AS 28.35.135(b)
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADULT CHANGE OF NAME
SUPERIOR COURT FILING LOCATIONS
ANCHORAGE: 825 West 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2004
BARROW: Box 270, Barrow, AK 99723-0270
BETHEL: Box 130, Bethel, AK 99559-0130
CORDOVA: Box 898, Cordova, AK 99574-0898
DILLINGHAM: Box 909, Dillingham, AK 99576-0909
FAIRBANKS: 101 Lacey Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4765
GLENNALLEN: Box 86, Glennallen, AK 99588-0086
HOMER: 3670 Lake St., Suite 400, Homer, AK 99603-7686
JUNEAU: Box 114100, Juneau, AK 99811-4100
KENAI: 125 Trading Bay Drive, Suite 100, Kenai, AK 99611-7717
KETCHIKAN: 415 Main St., Rm 400, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6399
KODIAK: 204 Mission Road, Rm 10, Kodiak, AK 99615-7312
KOTZEBUE: Box 317, Kotzebue, AK 99752-0317
NAKNEK: Box 229, Naknek, AK 99633-0229
NOME: Box 1110, Nome, AK 99762-1110
PALMER: 435 S. Denali, Palmer, AK 99645-6437
PETERSBURG: Box 1009, Petersburg, AK 99833-1009
SEWARD: Box 1929, Seward, AK 99664-1929
SITKA: 304 Lake St., Rm 203, Sitka, AK 99835-7759
UNALASKA Box 245, Unalaska, AK 99685-0245
VALDEZ: Box 127, Valdez, AK 99686-0127
WRANGELL: Box 869, Wrangell, AK 99929-0869
If your nearest court is not on this list, check with that court to find out if a
petition for name change can be filed there.

Other resources

http://www.state.ak.us/courts/shcname.htm

Alaska law

The Alaska Statutes and Alaska Court Rules about name changes are:
• Civil Rule 84, which establishes the procedure for changing names.
• Alaska Statute 09.55.010, which gives the superior court the power to hear these cases
and sets the standard the court must use in deciding whether to grant a name change.
• Alaska Statute 25.24.165, which describes the procedure for changing a person's name in
a divorce or dissolution of marriage. Also see AS 25.24.230(f) concerning dissolutions.
You can find the rules and statutes at all state courts, court law libraries, and many city libraries.
The court rules are also on the court system's website: www.state.ak.us/courts/rules.htm
The statutes are on the legislature's website: www.legis.state.ak.us/folhome.htm
1 AS 28.05.071 and AS 28.35.135(b)
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CIV-699 (8/03)(cs) AS 09.55.010

A reader sent the following case precedents in February 2009:

I've been working on getting my name change in order, and as part of my preparation, I went through the case archives regarding gender name changes in the Anchorage Daily News, and confirmed several successful cases in the gender name changes being upheld. I don't know any really specific details other than a masculine name becoming a feminine name and vice versa. I'm sending the case numbers, as it might help others as it will hopefully help me.

Case# 3AN-08-4910
Case# 3AN-08-6272CI
Case# 3AN-08-4384 CI
Case#3AN-07-04523CI

Precedent for transsexuals

[no specific case noted]