Oklahoma name change for transgender people

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Oklahoma allows for women in our community to change their names before they have sex reassignment surgery.

A reader writes in September 2003:

Andrea, I have had some experience with the name change process in Oklahoma. I changed my name last July, and therefore I have recent first hand experience at this. I am not a TS, but my info will still be helpful. (I was doing research on transsexualism and found this, and I thought that I might help out.)

In Oklahoma, you must first file a petition for a change of name in the district court of the county in which you live in. The petition must be filled out and notarized. You must have been a resident of that county for at least 30 days. The current filing fee, as of July 1, 2003, is $149. At this time you will be assigned a judge and a court date (typically each judge that handles these matters has a block of time once a week, so you shouldn't have to wait too long, except for the notice requirements below). You will have to publish a notice in an authorized newspaper once at least 10 days prior to the hearing date. You will have to show up on your hearing date and time to appear before your judge. The judge will ask the basic questions associated with a name change (criminal history, bankruptcies, etc.) If you have any of these problems you are advised to get a lawyer to help out. If all goes well, the judge will sign your order, and once it is certified, you have your new name! After that, it is time to do all the notifying. In Oklahoma, you have 10 days to get a new driver's license in your new name. (Since I am not TS, I do not know what the procedure for changing sex on the driver's license is.)

A reader writes in January 2006:

LEGAL NAME CHANGE - TULSA COUNTY, OKLAHOMA:
  
For $1.00 a person can obtain from the County Law Library the legal format to petition the court for CHANGE of NAME.
  
After purchasing this format, I simply didn't retype the information paying the $137.00 filing fee.  I submitted 4 letters from professionals I'd had contact with for the past two years.
  
Letter one was from a Dr. J__ F__who'd addressed the letter to WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:  The letter introduced me by my given name and date of birth.  Although biologically male, he dresses in female attire  presenting as a female not in an attempt to deceive or present false identity.  He has been diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder in Alults (i.e. DSM-IV disorder code 302.85).  Consequently, he appears and identifies as a women in order to transition into a congruent gender role.
  
Letter two from a MS LCSW also addressed to WHOM IT MAY CONCERN also introduces me by my given name and date of birth. Going on to state she's known me professionally for almost two years, I image, behave, talk and present as a female having all but surgically transitioned into a congruent gender role.
  
Letter three came from my personal physician (a member of the GLBT community herself) certifying my patient status and presentation as female in dress, appearance, mannerism and presentation recommending to the court that Change of Name from male to female would be enhance and simplify the MtoF transition I was persuing.
  
Letter four came from a Plastic Surgeon whose known me as presenting female for eighteen months having received services that included Facial Laser Hair removal, mesotherapy, collagen injection, and permanent makeup application. This doctor also recommended the court approve my CHANGE of NAME petition.
  
FOR SIX WEEKS I waited to receive a court appearance date.  Finally, after almost three (3) months I appeared before a judge.  Come to find out the court clerk had to publish my petition in the newspaper for four (4) weeks twice a week, verified that I was who I stated I was, verified that my birth certificate was official, accurate and true, verified that I had no wants or warrents outstanding for my arrest, verified other information by making a credit check.  The court approved my name change which became official only after filing same in the County Recorder's office.

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Oklahoma state law

In 2011, the The House of Representatives rejected House Bill 1397 by a vote of 71-23. The bill would have allowed birth certificates to be changed to reflect the new gender.

http://newsok.com/oklahoma-house-rejects-measure-to-change-birth-certificates-for-transgendered/article/3547008

http://newsok.com/article/3561962

Precedent for transsexuals

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