May 27, 2020
Name and/or Gender Change

What are the name change options?

What information is required to get a name and/or gender change?

(attach packet instruction sheets for each of the three types of packets)

  • The filing fee is $435.00 or a fee waiver if you qualify.
  • TYPE or PRINT CLEARLY in blue ink.
  • Complete the forms and SIGN and DATE where is necessary.
  • If the petition is for a person 18 years of age or older, the following documents are required for a background check:
    • SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
    • CALIFORNIA DRIVER'S LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION CARD
  • If the petition is for a minor, UNDER the age of 18 years old, the following document is required:
    • BIRTH CERTIFICATE
  • SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE is required to return the necessary documents to you by mail.

Why do I need to complete a publishing for a name change?

It is a requirement of the court to publish the proposed name change in the newspaper for four (4) consecutive weeks to serve as a public notice and making it public record. Please see the list of newspaper selections offered in this county.

Where do I file my documents? Do I have to come in person?

If is best to come in person in case the documents are not completely filled out. If the forms are not completely filled out they will need to be completed or corrected prior to processing. If you feel that all the documents are completed you can mail all of your documents along with one copy of each of the proper identifications required. Be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope to return the documents. You can mail them to: SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN MATEO
ATTN: Civil- Room A, 1st Floor
400 COUNTY CENTER
REDWOOD CITY, CA 94063
TELEPHONE (650) 261-5100

What forms are required to change a name and or gender?

Please visit the following link for more detailed information and to see the required forms each of the different options for Name Changes. The Name and/or Gender Change instruction sheets will help provide you with additional information that the court requires in addition to your forms.

Petition for Name Change Only (Adult or Minor)

Petition for Gender Change Only (Adult)

  • Civil Case Cover Sheet, CM-010
  • Petition for Recognition of Change of Gender and for Issuance of New Birth Certificate, NC-300
  • Order Recognizing Change of Gender and for Issuance of new Birth Certificate , NC-330

Petition for Change of Name, Recognition of Change of Gender, and Issuance of New Birth Certificate Instructions

  • Instruction Sheet
  • Civil Case Cover Sheet
  • Petition for Change of Name, Recognition of Change of Gender, and Issuance of New Birth Certificate, NC-200
  • Attachment to Petition for Change of Name, NC-110
  • Order to Show Cause for Change of name to Conform to Gender Identity, NC-125 / NC-225
  • Decree Changing Name and order Recognizing Change of Gender and for Issuance of New Birth Certificate, NC-230

Petition for Recognition of MINOR'S Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate Instructions

  • Instruction Sheet
  • Civil Case Cover Sheet
  • Petition for Recognition for Minor's Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate and Change of Name, NC-500
  • Supplemental Attachment to form NC-500, NC-510G(for guardian)
  • Order to Show Cause for Recognition for Minor's Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate and Change of Name, NC-520
  • Decree Recognition for Minor's Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate and Decree Changing Name, DC-530G
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