Identity Documents

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Event Highlights

Name and Gender Changes in Wisconsin

June 13, 2020

From state IDs, birth certificates, social security and passports to… health insurance, bank accounts and more. Learn more about the process of changing your identity documents in Wisconsin. This recording discusses court-ordered changes, government-issued IDs, and insurance and other records of your identity.

Presenter: Shelley Gregory

PACT NOW = Preventing and Assisting with COVID-19 among Trans and Non-binary Wisconsinites. PACT NOW is a partnership between FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic.

This project is funded in part by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.


Introduction 3:40
Name/gender marker changes can seem complicated! 10:04
Barriers to name/gender marker changes 11:10
Privacy with court-ordered name changes 12:56
Written resources available for name/gender changes 13:16
Financial resources for name/gender changes 15:47
Legal resources for name/gender changes 16:31

Other financial resources 17:31
Help at the courthouse 18:13
Making decisions about which IDs to change 19:05
Types of IDs with name/gender markers 23:25
Do I need a lawyer for name/gender marker changes? 24:37
Are there limitations on who can change their name/gender marker? 26:14

When do we need to go to court for name/gender changes? 28:47
Changing your gender marker 30:06
Confidentiality concerns with gender marker changes 33:22
Medical requirements for gender marker changes 38:20
Milwaukee municipal ID 43:36

Q&A 51:58
How does one change their name in another state? 52:42
Could a surgery unrelated to gender help with changing gender markers? 54:49
What documents do you need to get a Milwaukee municipal ID? 1:00:02

Closing 1:04:12