TGD Gender Marker and Name Change Roadmap

Important Note: The following steps are applicable to the state of Illinois and the process may be different in other states. For residents of states other than Illinois, the National Center for Transgender Equality offers helpful information through their ID Documents Center.

How to Change Your Gender Marker in Illinois

Due to recent legislative changes, changing your gender marker on identification and birth certificates in Illinois is now easier than ever and is a relatively quick process.

How to Change Your Name in Illinois

Legally changing your name can be a confusing and time intensive process. We have provided resources below to help walk you through the process. If you want more hands-on assistance with the process, we highly suggest reaching out to our friends at Legal Council for Health Justice or the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois. They offer direct legal assistance with the name change process that can help make it a breeze to complete.

Contact for Additional Questions

If you have any other questions, you can reach the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records via phone at 217-782-6553 (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) or via email at


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