Missouri name change for transgender people
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A reader in St. Louis sent the following sample documents in January 2007:
Here are the documents I used to get my sex legally changed in St. Louis. Note that the attached forms require a person's name, date of birth, father's and mother's names, city of birth, and in the case of the petition, a notary public. I've made these into PDF forms, having taken out my personal information. Hope these prove helpful.
Sample sex change judgement (PDF)
Sample sex change petition (PDF)
A reader in St. Louis sent the following in October 2003
1. Submit Petition
The Saint Louis County Courthouse is in downtown Clayton, just outside of
Saint Louis. On the fifth floor is the office for filing petitions, making
copies, and paying for the whole kit'n'caboodle. The lady at the information
desk was very helpful when I asked her what I needed to do to submit a petition.
I believe I first had to get the petition notarized - possibly on the second
floor - then I could go and submit the petition. After submitting the petition
we scheduled my court date, which was for the following week. At the time
I got instructions for finding the courtrooms - they may have been in a separate
building, I don't remember now. The filing fee was about $130, but for some
reason they sent me a check for $26 a month or two later, so it may be less.
2. Go to Court
Name changes are handled by the Family Court Division. I went to court en
femme, as I was already full-time outside of work. Mine was the second case
called, and I approached the bench. There were murmurs in the courtroom as
my old name was used to call me to the stand. The judge reviewed my petition,
and asked why I was changing my name. I said that the new name was the name
I now used in my social and business relationships, and I carefully avoiding
saying anything about changing gender, even though that must have seemed obvious.
The judge signed and dated a court order, then directed me to the court clerk,
who gave me instructions on completingthe process.
3. Publish Court Order
I took the petition and court order to the Saint Louis Countian, the local
legal newspaper across the street, per the instructions of the court clerk.
This cost $33. The Countian published the court order over the next three
weeks. Shortly thereafter I received an affadavit to that effect in the mail.
4. Get Certified Copies
Affadavit in hand, I went back to the court house to get certified copies
of the petition and court order, again on the fifth floor. They already had
a copy of the affadavit, but I wanted to make sure. Certified copies were
something like $2 a piece. I've gone through over a dozen now. I've had to
use them for:
Credit Card Accounts
Mortgage & Utilities
Current and Former Employer
Other comments and resources
A reader writes in 2013 that she was able to get an exception to Mo. Ann. Stat. § 193.215(9) requiring surgery to change legal sex. The ruling is described in court orders 13AR-CV00157 and 13AR-CV00240. You or your legal representative may wish to review that judge's ruling and use these orders to seek an exception to the statute as it stands as of this time. Additional details have been published here:
Missouri state law
Legal precedent for transsexuals