want to change your name for free?
apply for civil indigent status!
trans* people (especially trans women of color) are usually in the lowest socioeconomic bracket. even if we’re employed, we usually need to do/buy extra things to feel comfortable with ourselves. surgery costs thousands of dollars, new wardrobes can cost hundreds, hormones can cost hundreds… and so do name changes. they’re typically around 300-400 dollars, actually.
but what if you can’t afford it? after all, getting jobs with your birth name can be hard when you present as a different gender!
applying for civil indigent status (in leon county, florida) was as easy as pie. i asked for and received a form at the courthouse asking my income and current assets (as well as my name, social, address, etc.) i stated that i had $100 in the bank and received $500 per month. i turned in my form WITH my name change form (this is important) and was immediately approved - a $400 name change was completely free
call the clerk of courts for your county and ask about applying for civil indigent status! ask what income you need to have to qualify (i didn’t have any background checks, but be safe!). if you’re a broke trans individual like i am, it may come through for you!
- your clerk of courts website should allow you to print off the indigence form and the name change form - it costs money to get them at the courthouse!
- if your state requires an ad in the newspaper or being fingerprinted, a civil indigent status will probably NOT cover that. getting my fingerprints taken cost me $50. (i would check with your local police station since they work with the courts, but it definitely won’t help with newspapers)
please reblog this - you might save someone hundreds of dollars that can now be used on other parts of their transition!
message me if you have any questions. :)