Transgender Legal Forms Document Bank for Thurston County Washington
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Fill-able court forms, example documents and thorough instructions packets for filing for name changes, gender change recognition orders and out of state birth certificate update orders.
Be sure to download the Name and Gender Change in Court Instructions packet- it will walk you through which of the rest of the forms you need and how to complete them. There is also a button for Fee Waiver packets too if you want to apply for a fee waiver. These forms are for adults only- minor forms will be added soon! Be sure to download both the Petition and the Proposed Order forms for your gender recognition court processes. Your Name Change Petition doesn’t need a Proposed Order.
Instruction Packets for Thurston County
Download this packet of detailed instructions if you need support completing a Name or Gender change in Court
Download this packet of detailed instructions for updating all your ID documents after your name or gender change
Name Change in Thurston County
Download this form if you need to file for a Name Change in court. This is the Name Change Petition for Adults. Reference Section 1 of the Court instruction packet for directions. There is also a button for an example completed form. You don’t need a proposed order-the court will provide that.
Gender Change Recognition Petition (without a birth certificate update)
Download these two forms if you need to file for a Gender Change Recognition Petition in Court. You will need the first form, which is the Petition, as well as the next form link which is the Proposed Order. This form DOES NOT include what is needed for updating out of state birth certificates (the one that does is linked further down the page). Reference Section 2 of the Court instruction packet for directions. There is also a link to an example of a completed petition.
Gender Change Recognition Petition With a Birth Certificate Update
Download these forms if you need to update your out of state birth certificate through filing for a Gender Change Recognition Petition in Court. You will need the first form, which is the Petition, as well as the next form link which is the Proposed Order. This form DOES include what is needed for updating out of state birth certificates. Reference Section 3 and Section 6 of the Court Instructions Packet for directions. There is also an example of a competed petition.
Please be aware that due to the confusing intersection of laws between states and the uncommon nature of these types of proceedings, some Judges may not feel they have the authority to grant these kind of birth certificate update orders. TARP is working to craft a legal brief signed onto by community organizations that can be submitted alongside any birth certificate update petitions that will hopefully help make these processes more predictable. If you are wanting to petition for one of these types of court orders, please email the TARP coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to get access to the brief and specialized arguments if they aren’t yet up on the document bank.
How To Apply for a Fee Waiver
If you want to apply for a fee waiver to ask the Court to waive or reduce your filing fee cost due to being low income, you should review this packet and complete the included forms from Washington Law Help. These fee waiver forms are to be turned in when you file for your name/gender change. Remember that Ingersoll Gender Center can help with the costs of filing fees for trans related court processes. To request help go to: https://ingersollgendercenter.org/resources/support-request-form/